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Kate from Cooking and Carafes shares her tips for making pasta from scratch and also shares her favourite hacks for making perfect pasta every time.
Today’s episode is all about PASTA! My favourite.
I chat to Kate from Cooking and Carafes who has all the tips and trips for making perfect pasta every time.
Kate loves all things Italian from the food to the wine to the people! She shares recipes, reviews, and more on her blog, and loves cooking from scratch. Kate is a believer in using good quality produce, and where possible supporting local suppliers and producers. She also runs Pasta Making Workshops and Supper Clubs in the UK, where guests get to learn to make pasta from scratch, a simple sauce and then sit back and enjoy their hard work with a glass of wine. If you’re looking for simple recipes you can cook at home and are perfect for mid week meals or entertaining guests then head to her blog.
If you’re a pasta lover like me, then you are going to get so much out of today’s episode!
EPISODE 12 – HOW TO MAKE BETTER PASTA
How Kate started making pasta
Kate was introduced to Italian cuisine from a young age when her family holidayed in Italy. She also lived in Sardinia, which made her fall in love with Italian cooking even more.
Eventually Kate got a pasta maker and started experimenting at home and hasn’t looked back since!
Can you make pasta without a pasta making machine?
Absolutely! You can make a simple pasta dough (egg, flour etc) and use a rolling pin to roll it out. It’s hard work and you need a lot of space but it can be done!
However Kate’s hot tip is to use semolina flour and water (100g flour to 50ml warm water) to make a dough and then make it into whatever shape you’d like. Create a well in the middle of the flour and add the water, use your hands to bring it into a dough and knead it for 5 minutes. Leave to rest for 20 minutes and you’re ready to cook.
Is it ok to use dry or store bought fresh pasta?
It’s absolutely OK to use dry pasta. Kate generally uses dry pasta in shapes that are harder to make like penne, spaghetti etc. But if you aren’t confident in making your own pasta just yet there’s no reason why you can’t use dry pasta.
Pasta Water Sauce Hack
When your pasta and sauce are ready to be served, combine the pasta with the sauce in a pan and add a little off the pasta water in and cook down to get a beautiful, silky sauce that combines so well.
WHERE TO FIND KATE
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