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Making fresh Pasta with Casa Artusi

Making fresh pasta with the wonderful women at Casa Artusi was one of the highlights of our time living like a local in Emilia-Romagna.

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As you might know, Food is a pretty big deal for us. We basically only travel for crazy adventures or so that we can indulge our taste buds with various sweets and savoury treats from foreign lands. In particular we love to learn how to cook with the local ingredients.

Food is the sole reason why we chose to travel throughout Italy.

Pasta cooking at Casa Artusi, Emilia Romagna, Blogville

One of the things we really wanted to do in Italy was visit a cooking school. Arranging it with the Emilia-Romagna tourism board was simple and when they told us that not only would we be learning from some of the best cooks in the world, but we would also be learning in the town where Italian cuisine was born, it’s fair to say we were a little excited.

Giggling like school girls we exchanged a few high-fives before reeling in our joy.

Casa Artusi

Casa Artusi was created in Forlimpopoli to honour its most illustrious citizen, Pellegrino Artusi, who is recognized worldwide as the father of Italian cuisine. Artusi dedicated his life to creating a cookbook for the kitchen at home called La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene” or “The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well”. The cookbook is still published with the old recipes with a few new ones added each time.

Pasta cooking at Casa Artusi, Emilia Romagna, Blogville

Pasta Making Class

Greeted by our very own Marietta (the wonderful women who teach Italian cooking at Casa Artusi) we donned our aprons before being shown a very quick demonstration on how to make fresh pasta.

Pasta cooking at Casa Artusi, Emilia Romagna, Blogville

It turns out that it’s not all that hard and even a amateur like myself can whip it up a batch of fresh pasta in no time at all. Just mix 200g of flour and 2 eggs together and then knead, knead, knead and roll, roll, roll it out.

Pasta cooking at Casa Artusi, Emilia Romagna, Blogville

I would have made an absolute mess of it all if I didn’t have my wonderful Marietta encouraging me with the odd pat on the back and “Bravo”. She actually seemed genuinely impressed with my skills in the kitchen. And considering I usually leave the cooking up to Adela I was secretly proud of myself as well.

Pasta cooking at Casa Artusi, Emilia Romagna, Blogville

By the end of it we had made all of this and earned the right to be inducted into the Casa Artusi alumni.

Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Italy and it was such a treat that night to be able to boil up our own homemade pasta and taste our own creations.

Check out our awesome pasta cooking skills in our video:

If you get the chance then we highly recommend you go and try out Casa Artusi yourself as the school is open to everyone whether you are a professional masterchef or an enthusiast who just wants to practice the art of home cooking.

Disclaimer: We were guest at the #Blogville apartment with the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board. However, as always our words (and pasta) will always be our own. 

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Laurence

    August 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I love pasta, but have always assumed that making it was a dark art involving midnight rituals and naked dancing by moonlight. I still think that is the case, and this post is leaving out the raunchy stuff. But well done on making it seem so easy 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      August 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      At 1.02 in the video we actually stopped filming to perform the dark arts before switching it back on. Very sneaky 😉

  2. London4Travelers

    August 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Thanks a lot for this post. There are so many valuable tips. Now I know how to make pasta 🙂

  3. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Hungry.Suddenly the endless plates of gallo pinto here in Nica and Costa Rica seem a bit less interesting….

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      I always seem to read food posts around breakfast time and makes me so hungry!

  4. Iain Mallory

    August 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Wow guys who would have known you were such great budding chefs, good job!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Hahaha luckily pasta is probably the easiest thing to make in the world!

  5. Callie

    August 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Homemade pasta in Italy, can’t get better than that! Looks delicious…

    • Cole Burmester

      August 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      So delicious! Would have saved you some but… oh well 🙂

  6. Pinky Jindal

    August 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    while reading this , feeling to eat …

    • Cole Burmester

      August 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Haha we are always hungry after reading food posts.

  7. Jeremy Branham

    August 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I like eating pasta. However, I have to admit the idea of cooking it doesn’t appeal to me. I am not a big fan of the kitchen so I rarely cook meals. I even stated that I would never taking a cooking class as part of my travels. However, I appreciate and respect the skills of those who work hard to produce good food. I always enjoy eating it 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      I love cooking but just not very good at it so leave most of it to Adela 🙂

  8. Suzzy Matts

    August 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Pasta looks really delicious…Yummmy..
    Really feel like having em…

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    For once, you’re the one making me jealous of the food!:) Nice one!

  10. Alexandra

    August 21, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    I can’t wait to get back to Italy in the fall to EAT!!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      The fall would be the perfect time as the weather will still be warm while the crowds will be gone. Good choice!

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Freshly made pasta is the best! Wish we had time to make it from scratch every time. Yum! yum! yum!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      I was surprised that it doesn’t take that long to make. However, so easy to get it from the shop.

  12. Ali

    August 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I’m not sure I’d ever want to make my own pasta at home, but if ever there was a place to learn how it’s Italy! Sounds like fun!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      If I had a bigger kitchen that was as clean as their one then definitely would make it all the time haha.

  13. Cheryl

    August 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I’ve done similar classes and ohhh what fun! And so yummy to eat afterwards. =)

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Tastes so much better when it is made from your own hard work 😉

  14. Serena

    September 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Great article and it looks like the cooking class was lots of fun – check out my vesrion of fresh handmade pasta on my blog.

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Istria, Croatia:

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Main Tower 

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 Romerberg

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St Paul’s Church 

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Zeil 

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Macau:

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Las Vegas:

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