#JanuaryJoy: Try making Pasta

One thing that has always been on my must-try list is making pasta and this Christmas my sister bought Pete a potato ricer so he could make gnocchi, not quite pasta but a start. And who knew how easy it was?!

It’s not easy to perfect but the recipe requires nothing more than a little time, seasoning, potatoes and flour, so couldn’t be more simple. This was our third attempt and each time they have been slightly different, but as a gnocchi fan, I’m willing to keep trying… 😉

This recipe is taken from Monica’s Kitchen by Masterchef judge Monic Galetti

Ingredients (serves 4 as a main, 6 as a starter)
500g floury potatoes
120g plain flour
2 pinches sea salt
2 tsp mild pepper flakes (we just use ground pepper to season as usual)
Knob of butter
Olive oil (for frying after if desired)

How to:

  • Rice the potatoes and add the butter to the bowl.
  • Sift int he flour then gently bring together without over working.
  • Divide the ‘dough’ into 3 and roll out into long ‘sausages’.
  • cut them into small2-3cm square pillows (you can reshape them unto balls at this stage but I like them ‘rustico’ as my friend Dan says,) and flatten with a fork to create the characteristic ridges.
  • Bring a large pan of salted boiling water to the boil and cookt he gnocchi until they float – 1-2 minutes usually. Spoon them out and drain gently (they are fragile!)

You can then fry them for a bit of extra texture in butter if you’re feeling naughty!

Have you ever made gnocchi or pasta? Will you be trying this one out? Do tweet or instagram me a pic if you do!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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5 thoughts on “#JanuaryJoy: Try making Pasta

  1. I’ve made ravioli before, but it seemed like a lot of work for something that was inhaled in about 5 minutes. Maybe with a pasta machine it would be a bit easier? The rolling out was a bit of a nuisance, but I’m not quite Nigella so that might be the issue!

    • I’ve thought the same thing but I’d love to see if the taste is worth it, even just on a simple spaghetti with olive out and garlic or chilli. Mmmmm. Maybe I should invest in a pasta machine. We bought one for a friend for Christmas and I live in hope of trying some!

      • We have a pasta machine, but I’m ashamed to say it’s one of those gadgets that lives on a shelf and we haven’t used it for years. It is just so much faff compared to buying dried/fresh pasta. If we do make fresh pasta though it does taste amazing especially with a simple sauce (though obviously not amazing enough to motivate me to get the pasta maker down and actually make it….)

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