For about ten years I’ve wanted to learn how to make my own pasta. I’ve attempted it once before with disastrous results.I tricked my mum into buying me a fancy pasta machine, got the special oo flour and spent a good few hours kneading and rolling out the dough and making ravioli shapes. It all seemed to be going so well but when it came to cooking them… I don’t know what went wrong but my ravioli completely fell apart and pretty much inedible. So, the pasta machine was quickly shoved to the back of the cupboard and left to collect dust.
Then, a few months ago, I spotted people on Instagram attending a pasta making class at Rudy’s and it looked like so much fun. I was desperate to try it out myself, hoping I would finally learn the secret to making proper edible pasta at home.
Flour Will Fly are the amazing team behind the classes. Led by Paola and her Italian family, they teach you everything you need to know about pasta, from making the dough to rolling it out properly and how to store and cook it properly at home.
There are a few classes on offer with different focuses and my boyfriend and I booked on to the Pasta Shapes class where you start with pre-made dough and learn how to make shapes including ravioli, farfalle and garganelli.
The class took place at 10am on a Sunday morning in Rudy’s Pizza on Castle Street and included:
- A welcome drink on arrival
- 2 hours making pasta
- Pasta to take home
- Pizza and a drink after class at Rudy’s Pizza
After a quick tutorial on how to use the pasta machine, we got to work in our pairs rolling out the dough and having a go at making the various shapes. Paola and the rest of her team walked around the tables, ready to share their expertise and lend a hand when needed. Towards the end of the class, we were told how to store the pasta until we were ready to cook it and which sauces worked best with each shape.
At midday, we enjoyed a delicious pizza and drink at Rudy’s and later that day, we cooked up the pasta for tea which tasted delicious!
For anyone interested in learning how to make pasta I would highly recommend Flour Will Fly. The class was so much fun and we had a great time, so much so that we both want to try another class once they’re back up and running post lockdown. Until then, you can follow Paola on Instagram, where she’s posting pasta making and cooking tutorials.