Forget about traditional dried spaghetti or fusilli, Simply Italian takes viewers on a step by step guide to creating authentic, delicious home-made pasta dishes.
When most people think of pasta, it is the dried, packaged, supermarket version that springs to mind. Well, no longer. Simply Italian takes viewers on a step by step guide to creating authentic, delicious homemade pasta dishes – from the most simple and basic right through to elaborate, complex creations.
Michela Chiappa is Welsh, but comes from a huge Italian family. She and her two sisters have been making traditional Italian dishes and pasta since they were bambinos. In this exciting new food series, Michela takes you through the basics of pasta-making, just how they do it in Italy, demonstrating how home-made pasta is the stuff of celebration and will transform any mealtime into an Italian feast. She also travels to her family’s roots in Northern Italy to find out all there is to know about this Italian staple.
To begin, Michela shows how easy it is to make delicious fresh pasta at home, without the use of any fancy gadgets, by creating a simple dough and rolling it by hand to make linguine primavera – long, thin ribbons of pasta in a zesty vegetable sauce.
In the back streets of Bologna, Michela meets Monica Venturi, whose family owns a shop which sells the most esquisite hand made pasta, from lasagne to tortelloni. The pasta is so good, it’s shipped all over the country. Michela learns the secrets of an authentic bolognase, or ragu as the Italians call it, and shows how to make her own version with delicious hand-made parpadelle
Simply Italian aims to teach viewers that fresh pasta is not something to shy away from, by making simple stuffed pasta dishes and fresh homemade traditional sauces, that will soon become firm favourites, celebrating this humble, versatile and delicious ingredient.... Read more.