Handmade Cavatelli Pasta

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Ever made your own pasta? Neither had we. So we convinced Marco and Luca to teach us how. Gather your favourite humans and get your hands rolling with this easy and intensely satisfying recipe. Serves 4

CAVATELLI

Ingredients

  • 500g semolina flour

  • 300g luke warm water

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 pinches of salt

Make the dough

  • Pour the flour into a circular mound on your kitchen bench 
  • Sprinkle the salt onto the flour and use your fingers to create a well in the centre
  • Slowly add the water and oil to the well, circling your fingers to mix the flour in until it all becomes a dough
  • Knead the dough firmly with the heel of your hand for 10 minutes 
  • Wrap in cling film and rest for an hour

Shape the cavatelli

  • Place your dough on a lightly floured bench and roll with a rolling pin until it’s about 5mm thick.
  • Use a knife to cut it into long verticalstrips, about 3cm wide.
    Slice those into 1cm pieces.
  • Place a strip between your palms and lightly roll,
    place on a baking sheet, then dust with flour. 
  • Allow to dry for 30 minutes.

Cook the pasta

  • Drop the cavatelli into a large pot of salted boiling water until they float on the surface. Cook until al dente.

NONNA’S TOMATO SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 1kg good quality peeled, tinned roma tomatoes
  • A dozen cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium sized banana shallot
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1/2 bunch basil, stalks and leaves
  • A few parsley stalks and fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

To Cook

  • Set a large, heavy based saucepan on low/medium heat 
  • Heat olive oil and add finely diced onion, garlic, chilli and shallots,
    and fresh herbs, and allow to gently caramelise
  • Add a generous pinch of salt, sugar, and the tinned and cherry tomatoes 
  • Bring to the boil then reduce to low heat, simmering uncovered
    for about an hour
  • Stir occasionally to prevent the sauce from catching, until all liquid
    has evaporated
  • Blitz with a stick blender or serve as is for a chunkier sauce