Descriptoion of pasta

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cruise, with the first references dating to1154 in Sicily.

History of pasta

Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. Pasta is integrate part of Italy food Wherever Italians immigrated they have brought their pasta along, so much so today it can be considered a staple of international cuisine. Unlike other ubiquitous Italian products like pizza and tomato sauce, which have a fairly recent history, pasta may have a much older pedigree, going back hundreds -if not thousands- of years. Unraveling the long and often complex history of this dish we have to look at its origins and some of the myths surrounding it.

Al dente

Al dente means describes pasta and vegetables, rice or beans that are cooked to be firm to the bite.The etymology is Italian "to the tooth

Pasta dough recipe

  1. Step 1

    Place flour in a mound on a clean surface. Make a well in the centre. Add eggs. Gently whisk with a fork, using your other hand to secure the walls. Draw in the flour as you go.

  2. Step 2

    Bring the dough together. Knead for 5 minutes or until elastic and smooth. Sprinkle the dough with flour, wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.

  3. Step 3

    Divide the dough into 4 portions. Flatten 1 portion slightly. Set the pasta machine on the widest setting and flour the machine and dough well. Feed through the machine.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat 6 more times, folding the dough into thirds and turning it 90 degrees until it's smooth and the same width as the machine (at least 12cm). Halve crossways. Continue to feed each dough half through the machine, separately, without folding, narrowing the machine settings 1 notch at a time, until you reach the second last setting. The pasta should be about 1mm-thick. Repeat with the remaining 3 dough portions to make another 6 sheets

intersting fact about pasta

  1. Pasta is a type of noodle that is used in cooking.
  2. It is a staple food of most Italian cuisines.
  3. The first reference to pasta, in a book, was in 1154.
  4. It is typically made from durum wheat flour.
  5. Most pasta falls under two categories – it is either dry, or it is fresh.