Thursday, August 20, 2015

An Evening in Trieste

DIY Pasta from scratch

For one fabulous evening, we turned our little apartment in New Zealand into an apartment in Trieste! This night has been a long time coming. We have been planning this for close to a year and finally managed to get our act together. Boy, was it worth the wait! 

There is so much I've got for you in this post - step by step instructions on how to make pasta from scratch and a bonus "Top Secret Ravioli alla Nonna Pina". I had to jump through hoops to get this recipe for you, so I really hope you appreciate it. Our head chef for the night, Stephen O'Leary, is half Italian. He grew up in a household where his mother regularly made pasta from scratch, so it is in his DNA. The secret ravioli recipe is his grandmother's. 

Regole (Rules)

Must wash your hands
Must make a mess
Must play loud Italian music
Must sing along to loud Italian music
Must talk very loudly - in Italian
Must drink vino rosso
Must have fun

Done. Done. And Done.

Let's start with the pasta. While we were planning the pasta making extravaganza, I asked Stephen how long it would take to make the pasta and he laughed and said "It really depends on how many wines we've all had". Well, it took us all evening, mostly because we were talking loudly in Italian, listening to loud Italian music while drinking large quantities of vino rosso.

Yield - Fed 6 hungry adults

Total Time - 2 Hours - 4 Hours (depending on wine consumption)

DIY Pasta from scratch


1 Kg Flour (00 or high grade)
1/2 Kg Semolina Flour (fine)
6 Eggs


Combine the flour, semolina flour and salt in a large bowl.

DIY Pasta from scratch

Transfer it on to a clean kitchen counter and make a well in the center.

DIY Pasta from scratch

 Crack the eggs and add them into the well.

Add a little bit of water, not too much.

DIY Pasta from scratch

Combine gently with a fork.

Now get your hands in and knead!

Keep kneading till you can't feel your hands any more.

DIY Pasta from scratch

Pasta dough is not a soft dough, it is pretty hard and rugged looking.

DIY Pasta from scratch

Wrap this in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

DIY Pasta from scratch

There you have it! The pasta dough is ready!

Cut the dough in small manageable bits and process through a pasta machine. 

This is not just any ordinary pasta machine. This belonged to Stephen's mother who brought it with her to New Zealand from Italy. 

Feed it through once...

DIY Pasta from scratch

and again... 

DIY Pasta from scratch

... till you have a nice thin long sheet.

DIY Pasta from scratch

This one is going to be a ravioli so we place the ravioli stuffing in regular intervals (recipe at the end). 

DIY Pasta from scratch

Cover it with another sheet of pasta. 

DIY Pasta from scratch

And cut.
DIY Pasta from scratch

A batch of linguini.

DIY Pasta from scratch

And we're done!

DIY Pasta from scratch

Bring a very large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt it. According to Stephen the water should be as salty as the mediterranean sea. Cook the pasta in it for just 3 to 4 minutes and strain.  

And now for the bonus ravioli recipe! The ravioli was to die for so I had to have the filling recipe and share it with you. 

Secret Ravioli alla Nonna Pina


  • 1/2 Kg Ground pork
  • 1 Cup Finely diced button mushroom
  • 1 Finely Diced Onion
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • Handful Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 - 2 Egg
  • Handful Breadcrumbs
  • Few leaves Fresh Sage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Plenty EVOO
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Pepper


Cook onion in EVOO till translucent, add garlic and mushroom, stir a while, then add pork. 

Cook a wee while then add Sage, Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper. 

Cook softly but only till the pink has gone. Take off the heat and let it cool some. 

Put in food processor and mince till almost smooth. 

Put back in bowl and add breadcrumbs, egg and Parmigiano Reggiano. 

Mix till combined. If using right away spoon onto pre-made pasta sheets. 

If it’s for later roll out into sausages roll up in baking paper and freeze.

Many thanks to Stephen O'Leary for contributing to this blog post.


  1. I'm drooling. That looks so fun and so delicious! About the time being dependent on the amount of vino-- is it faster or slower the more you drink? ;)

  2. Bach, looks like you had great time making fresh pasta! I LOVE to make own pasta and this recipe is sure a keeper!


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