It’s time to forget dried, colourless and bland tasting pasta! The handmade pasta from Lucania will transform you and teach you how pasta should really be. In Lucania, handmade pasta is a way of life, a real pleasure of life! It dominates the cuisine due to its cheap cost and flexibility but its ancient flavours are really far from simplistic. Just hard grain flour, salt and water…that’s the ancient recipe of pasta. This was first ever referenced in Basilicata by a Latin poet who talked of eating the Lucanian Soup in 65BC! Making pasta starts from the wheat; durum wheat is extremely popular and is harvested locally near the city of Matera and grown primarily for many pasta dishes. So eat handmade pasta! That’s a secret for your smart kids! Still thinking pasta is boring? Well, why not try it yourself! Make like my grandma and create fresh pasta in your own kitchen.

Difficulty: easy – Preparation time: 30 min – Cooking time: 3-5 min – Serves: 3 people – Cost: very low

Ingredients: 1 cup hard grain flour – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 2 tablespoon water

Preparation: In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add warm water and stir to make a stiff dough. Increase water if dough seems too dry. Pat the dough into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes. Cover. Let dough rest for 15 minutes. Roll out dough using rolling pin. Work with a piece of the dough at one time and keep the rest covered, to prevent from drying out. Roll by hand to 1/16 of an inch thick. Cut pasta into desired shapes.

Cook fresh pasta in boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes.

Drain and enjoy with your kids!

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