Silver Travel Cook Club - April 2021

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Silver Travel Cook Club CitaliaThis month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for home-made pasta inspired by sponsor Citalia's 'Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour'.

And you could win a copy of Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto! The essential collection of fresh and dried pasta dishes by Gennaro Contaldo.

Best-selling author and much-loved personality Gennaro reveals all of his tips and tricks for making the best of the most versatile of dishes.

Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour

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The Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour travels this relatively unexplored corner of Italy, awash with culture, history and authentic cuisine.
On this eight-day journey, you’ll get to explore some of the best parts of Puglia. You’ll be based in Polignano a Mare or the White City of Ostuni and enjoy guided tours of Alberbello, Lecce and Bari amongst others. You’ll even learn how to make Puglia’s typical pasta, orecchiette, and enjoy an olive oil tasting. You’ll also get to visit the ancient town of Matera, where some of the most recent James Bond movie was filmed. It’s one of the oldest cities in Italy and is best known for its enchanting UNESCO honoured Sassi, where you’ll find stone houses and caves, believed to be home to Italy’s earliest settlers.

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Ostuni, Apulia, Italy

Recipe: Home-made pasta by Gennaro Contaldo

Fresh pasta is easier to make than most people think; it's also very satisfying to make, and you can get the whole family involved! All you need is flour and eggs. However, a small domestic pasta machine is really worth investing in as it will cut out all the hard work of rolling it out into thin sheets. Egg pasta is more common in northern Italy with shapes such as tagliatelle, lasagne sheets and filled pastas like ravioli. In southern Italy, pasta is traditionally made simply with flour and water. If you prefer to make eggless pasta, simply substitute the 2 eggs for 80ml of water. Have a go and see what shapes you come up with I'm sure you'll have fun!

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 200g pasta flour
  • 2 eggs

Preparation:

Pasta making

Place flour in a large bowl or clean work surface, make a well in the centre and break in the eggs. With a fork or your hands, gradually mix the flour with the eggs until well amalgamated. Knead with your hands until you obtain a soft, smooth dough. Form into a ball, wrap in cling film and leave for about 30 minutes or until ready to use.

Divide the pasta into four portions and put through a pasta machine starting at the highest setting. Continue to roll the pasta through the machine turning down the settings as you go until you get to number one and the dough is almost wafer-thin. If you don't have a pasta machine, use a rolling pin.

Place the pasta sheet onto a lightly floured work surface and cut your shapes.

Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto!How to win a copy of Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto! by Gennaro Contaldo

Sophia Loren once said, "I'd rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0". I think we could all agree with her.

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about your favourite pasta dish and why you enjoy it. The best entry will win a copy of this book.


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  • Smoothtalking
    3 months ago
    Crab Linguine- not too spicy, just right for me. Definitely my favourite
  • JulieAAA
    3 months ago
    My favourite Italian dish is Tagliatelle Carbonara - I love the creaminess of it, and the lovely little crispy pieces of bacon in the version cooked in my favourite way. And of course a grating of hard cheese on top, and a glass of crisp white wine to wash it all down. Oh, and did I mention a slice or two of garlic bread too?
  • Dave-SoS
    3 months ago
    Who wouldn't love a recipe with only two ingredients!
  • you
    3 months ago
    My husband loves Italian food.
    Pasta dishes can be cooked in very small quantities, ideal for a person with health issues.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    3 months ago
    I studied at Italian and History of Art at the British Institute in Florence in the early 80s but my favourite part of my 6 month stay was the spaghetti carbonara cooked by the lovely Signora I lived with. Highly calorific ! but delicious and some equally scrumptious ones here.
  • ESW
    3 months ago
    One of the great advantages of pasta is how versatile it is and how quick and easy it is to make a meal from the scant offerings of the fridge... You don't actually need a recipe.

    Chop up a rasher of bacon and fry with mushrooms, courgette matchsticks, green part of leeks or onion. Then add to cooked pasta and stir in a couple of beaten eggs with a good handful of grated cheese and cook gently until the egg has set.
  • Hardyplant
    3 months ago
    I meant to say that the wild boar ragu pasta dish is actually a Tuscan recipe, but I haven't been to Tuscany yet. It's also possible to buy quite tasty ready made sauce in little jars from Italian food suppliers.
  • Hardyplant
    4 months ago
    Wild boar ragu with pappardelle pasta is probably my favourite; I've eaten it in Venice. I like it because its wholesome and rustic and goes well with a nice glass of red wine (or two).
  • dragonfly63
    4 months ago
    Lasagna is my Italian dish of choice. Despite the best option being a rich beef sauce and pasta layers It can be made with various different minced meats, lots of different vegetables and even using flattened leeks in place of the pasta sheets for slimmers. It freezes well and reheats quickly whilst still tasting as good as ever. Perfect with a glass of red after a busy day in the garden now the weather is getting better.
  • DRSask
    4 months ago
    I have always loved Italian food though find these days that tomatoes (especially red ones) don't sit well with me. Meat ravioli with a rose sauce always used to be my favourite however the other week I made a ragu bolognese that is vegetable based with no tomatoes and it is now my go to sauce. Delicious with tagliatelle :).
  • GypsyWanderer
    4 months ago
    Linguine alle vongole, the best pasta dish, light and...oh, but then there is pappardelle al rage di cinghiale, tasty and,.....but then what about past broccoli e pancetta, so creamy and.......and....and......I could go on and on and on. Do you really want me to pick one when they are all so delicious? Impossible to choose. I love them all.
  • SuzCG
    4 months ago
    Creamy chicken & pesto pasta - perfect for me!
  • EddieLawrence
    4 months ago
    It has to be Spaghetti Bolognaise with Vegan mince.
  • andrewh
    4 months ago
    I love the fact that it can be so simple and yet so deep flavoured with such a wide variety of ingredients
  • Dave-SoS
    4 months ago
    Sophia had it right!
  • JoeGr
    4 months ago
    Ravioli (either mushroom or cheese and spinach) is my favourite with a simple butter sauce!
  • Ozdevon
    4 months ago
    a simple pasta dish with just pesto. I always have homemade frozen pesto in the freezer so I do not run out!
  • Ozdevon
    4 months ago
    a simple pasta dish with just pesto. I always have homemade frozen pesto in the freezer so I do not run out!
  • Liz_14
    4 months ago
    My favourite pasta dish was a fresh crab pasta in a restaurant in Lido De Jesolo, Italy. Amazing meal.
  • Easyliving
    4 months ago
    Gnocchi with pomodoro sauce - This simple tomato sauce gets tons of flavour from herbs steeped in olive oil that lusciously coats potato pillows of gnocchi, topped with fresh balls of mozzarella. Gnocchi translates as 'pillows from heaven'... delicious, appetising and easy to make! We made this dish courtesy of the chef at an hotel in Sorrento we stayed at a few years ago... it was an afternoon of pure heaven.
  • SilverTravelUser_3212
    4 months ago
    My favourite pasta dish is home-made spaghetti Bolognese which has things like nutmeg, wild mushrooms and rich red wine in it!
  • GrahamRobinson
    4 months ago
    The best pasta I've ever had was a simple home-cooked meal of spaghetti whilst staying with Italian friends in Naples, with a sauce made from fresh baby plum tomatoes grown in the rich, dark soil on the slopes of Vesuvius.
  • yorkshirecat
    4 months ago
    My favourite pasta dish is my homemade vegetable lasagne - creamy cheese sauce and sheets of egg lasagne layered with aubergines, courgettes, onions and tomatoes seasoned with Italian herbs, topped with a layer of crunchy cheese and accompanied by homemade focaccia fresh from the oven and a glass of red.