Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking

June 22, 2011


Passionate About Pasta

Other people stuff their suitcases with purses and scarves and shoes when they travel home from Italy. I, on the other hand, bring home food-lots of different things, but always pasta. There’s a brand of dried Italian pasta that I love and with a little work you can find it here (usually on Amazon). Unfortunately it costs about twice as much as it does in Italy. It’s called Campofilone and it tastes just like my grandmother used to make-incredibly light and melts in your mouth.

Once home, I sort of hoard the pasta because I want it to last. Am I terrible? I rarely share it with guests. I have been known to part with a box or two, but only to friends that I know would really appreciate it. Well, since returning from Italy last month I’ve been inspired to make pasta just about every week. I have a stash of 00 Italian flour and have been whipping up batch after batch of ravioli and noodles.

I’ve been making pasta for years but suddenly I feel like I need to do it a lot more often. Maybe it was the fabulous cooking class we had in Lucca where I learned how to roll out the dough with a mattarello (Italian rolling pin), rather than using the pasta machine (which I’ve yet to attempt at home). Maybe it’s the fact that a new friend who lives in Arezzo told me she makes pasta every day for her husband when he comes home for lunch. Whatever it is, I’ve discovered that my home made pasta is just as delicious of as the pasta I’ve been dragging home from Italy. I think my grandmother would be proud.

Autumn In Tuscany-Cook With Panini Girl In Lucca


7 thoughts on “Passionate About Pasta

  1. I fill my suitcase with olive oil from Multipulciano and honey with truffles from Cortona! And of course I ship home ceramics from Orvieto! Tonight I am sure i will be dreaming about soft Pecorino cheese from Pienza with truffle honey and fresh figs! Yum! I planted a fig tree last year….thin crust pizza with prosciutto, figs, goat cheese and a balsamic vinegar glaze! OMG I am now bursting with the urge to be in Italy NOW! How many days is it till Sept 4th LOL

  2. Janie, you know this is a post after my own heart. I wish more people would realize that making fresh pasta is not a huge challenge, and certainly not a chore; it is a rewarding pursuit. Your photo is lovely. Cheers & buon appetito!

  3. I obviously have to make another attempt at the pasta making thing. I now have the right flour, I guess I just need the time and the patience!

  4. It is as good or better compared to the “good stuff” from Italia!

  5. Denise-you have the right idea! September will be here before you know it.

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