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Become an expert in fresh pasta

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While the program Les Chefs aired on Radio-Canada (CBC French version) on Monday, April 20 showcases the skills of the chefs with fresh pasta, here I am, too, a few weeks ago. It’s thanks to the Pack It Up company kit (you can order yours here and and get a 25% rebate with the code gentologie)

Why make fresh pasta?

Tagliatelles with Favuzzi sauce

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

Firstly because you have the time right now, and even that, it does not take very long to do. Just take your time, you’re going to like it. It’s fun to know what we can put in our pasta and the two guides to make your pasta, that of pack it up and Marcato are super well done and come in several languages.

What’s in the Pack It Up kit?

  • A Marcato dough machine. The central part of this kit, recognized for its quality in the
    worldwide, starting with Italy, where it is produced. 10 year warranty
  • Accessories for tagliatelle and spaghetti for the Marcato machine
  • A dryer to store your pasta
  • A gnocchi board, which will be useful for many other forms of pasta (made
    in Italy)
  • A toothed wheel for the pretty shapes of farfalles and ravioli (made in Italy)
  • A dough cutter and a small brush to simplify life

The Marcato pasta machine, is ti quality?

Marcato - flour

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

The Marcato, it’s probably one of the best machines on the market, Massimo Vincelli from Conserva, who presents the machine, told me that it was really a high-end kit that we find. The machine is made in Italy, and it allows you to make, with this starter set, 3 kinds of pasta: Lasagna, tagliatelle and taglionis.

But what is Marcato?

Marcato - support

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

Since 1930, Marcato has been the world leader in the production of machines and accessories for fresh pasta. The work, passion and ingenuity of Otello Marcato has given birth to the range of products recognized today around the world. Marcato products are designed above all for lovers of things done to perfection, and who seek to rediscover the pleasure of eating healthy homemade things, which we do a lot these days.

Marcato - pasta

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

As I said, several accessories are easy to find for the machine in Italian specialty shops.

What do I need to make my fresh pasta?

Marcato - woodboard

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

You don’t need much. Eggs, type 00 bread and dough flour, semolina (not necessary, but to give your pasta a more yellow color, it is necessary and water. Nothing could be easier.

What to do.

Marcato - pasta ball

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

You must start by making your dough, the instructions are with the kit, and then wait about 1 hour of rest for the latter.

Then you put them in the machine, do not hesitate to use a lot of flour so that it does not stick, keep a bowl of flour not too far away.

Dry your pasta on the rack if you are not going to eat it right away. Longer than not enough I would tell you, otherwise it will stick.

Photo: Normand Boulanger – Gentologie

Do not hesitate to try these different kinds of fresh pasta.

Order your fresh pasta kit here  and get a 25 % rebate with the code gentologie

Président, Éditeur et Rédacteur en chef de Gentologie