Hi everyone! I am finally back home and looking forward to sharing a few more posts from my Italy trip this week. I am so glad to be back blogging again but had an awesome trip. Today’s post is our castle experience in Tuscany, which was amazing. We got to tour some of the rooms, visit the wine cellars, and learn how to cook homemade pasta, taste the wines they make, and enjoy the pasta (SO good!). I am also including the recipe for you to try which consists of how to make the handmade pasta and both of the sauces. My personal favorite was the handmade tagliolini with vegetarian sauce. My family and I are planning to make this delicious pasta very soon and I am pretty excited. Hope you enjoy!
How to Prepare Homemade Pasta: (directly from the recipe given to me)
Ingredients: EGGS ( 1 egg per person), FLOUR (100 gr per person), EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (1 spoon), SALT
On a wooden board, put the flour in the shape of a volcano, and the eggs in the middle. (Photo above) Add the extra virgin olive oil and some salt. With a fork, start mixing the eggs, taking the flour from the side, little by little or it will result lumpy.
Then, start mixing the dough with the hands (remove rings). Don’t work it too much, because the pasta must result porous, in order to better absorb the sauce.
Then, when the dough is homogenous, leave it to rest for at least half an hour.
Then, start rolling out the dough: firstly by hand, after with the rolling pin. Put a handful of flour on the dough in order to roll it out better, or it will stick to your hand/to the rolling pin. Turn the dough once in a while in order to give it a round and not oval shape. When the dough is very flat (1-2 mm), leave it again to rest half an hour.
Then, fold the dough. Now you can cut the dough to prepare the shape of the pasta that you prefer: tagliatelle are wide stripes, tagliolini are narrow stripes.
Open the stripes, and let them dry.
Handmade Tagliatelle with “Sausage” Sauce:
Put some onion, celery, thyme, and rosemary in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Then add fresh sausage: when the meat gets a nice brown color, add peeled tomatoes. Let it boil for about 1 hour and 30 min.
Handmade Tagliolini with Vegetarian Sauce:
Put some shallot (kind of onion) and celery in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Add grated carrots and zucchini, some thyme and some fresh basil. Add some fresh cream, and chili (if you like).
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