From pasta to sauce, how to cook an authentic Italian meal

Pasta, tomatoes, parsley, Parmesan cheese… all the classics are here in the Indy Style kitchen this morning! La Dolce Vita’s Laura Wilson shows us how easy it is to make homemade pasta and gives us details on her upcoming Italy culinary tour and how YOU can go with her!

Here is today’s recipe:

Fresh Pasta


1 C semolina flour

1 C all purpose flour

2 lg eggs

2 t salt

2 t olive oil

3 T water or a bit more

Food Processor:

Combine all ingredients and process until moist, tiny pellets. Press the dough into a flat cake. Wrap in plastic and let rest for at least 15 minutes.

Divide dough into two or three pieces and knead by hand briefly, adding all-purpose flour to keep from sticking if needed. Flatten one piece of dough and feed it through the feeder. It may come out broken; do not worry. Keep feeding through until it goes through without tearing. Then fold it in half, dust with flour and feed again, app 6 – 10 times, each time folding and dusting. Set machine to next setting and roll through but do not dust and double anymore. Continue until you have reached the desire thickness. If the dough has the right consistency, it can sit for up to one hour before cutting if needed.

A drier dough is best for noodles. A softer dough is best for stuffing. You can add more flour, but not more water as you work, so better a little wet than too day. The dough should be moist enough to gather in your hand and form disk, but dry enough so it does not stick to table.


Plain Egg Pasta:

3 lg eggs

2 T water

2 ¾ C all purpose flour

Break eggs into a measuring cup. Stir with fork. Add water so the liquid level reaches ¾ Cup. (May have to add a little more) Put flour in mixer with paddle attachment; turn to speed 2. Gradually add eggs and water then mix for 30 seconds. Switch to dough hook and knead for 2 minutes. Remove and hand knead for 1 minute. Cover and let rest.

Don’t forget about the upcoming Italy culinary tour that Laura is leading in September. Here are the details!

Sept 11-18, (Sunday to Sunday)
Rome and the Amalfi Coast
4 nights in Rome at the Hotel Grand Minerva. This is a 5 star hotel.
4 Course dinner the first night terrace with great view of Rome. House wine may be included.
This hotel is situated right next to the Pantheon, has a gym, and includes breakfast.
Cooking Class with dinner
3 nights in Postitano at the Hotel Le Agavi. This is a 5 star hotel.
3 Course dinner the first night, with a beautiful view
3 Course Dinner at the incomparable San Pietro with Classic Wine Selection
So–four dinners and one lunch included in price

Basic Itinerary:

Sunday: All Arrive. Short meeting at 5. Dinner on terrace of hotel, overlooking Rome.
Monday: Walking Tour of Rome
Dinner on your own.
Tuesday: Vatican a.m.
Cooking Class p.m. with dinner
Wednesday: Day at Leisure
Thursday: Depart From Grand Hotel De la Minerva to Positano–Sea Views: Terraces or Balconies
Private tour of Pompeii–
Lunch in Pompeii- wine not included
Continue to Postitano and Arrive at Hotel le Agavi
3 Course Dinner at Hotel le Agavi Beverages Not included
Friday: Day Free to explore Positano
Probably the night we eat at le San Pietro
Saturday: Capri!!!
Lunch at the magnificent Quisiana!
If weather permits, we will visit the Blue Grotto.
Sunday: Sadly leave Beautiful Positano with wonderful memories

Included in this trip:

Breakfast everyday
3 Course dinner at both hotels on arrival night
Private tour of Rome
Private Tour of Vatican museum
Cooking class and eat what we make for dinner
Lunch in Pompeii
Tour of Pompeii
Dinner and wine at the San Pietro
Short tour of Capri and Anacapri
Lunch in Capri at an exceptional restaurant, then free to explore.
Hydrofoil to and from Capri
Mini bus Return to hotel from Capri
2 Free Days
All Gratuities and Taxes

Not included:

Airport Transfers to and from the airport to your hotel
Alcohol–except for those marked
Insurance (highly recommended and inexpensive)
All food and drink not mentioned here.

Price per person sharing a room: $5,800.00*
Price per person Single room: $6,870.00*

If you have traveled with Laura before, you get $200.00 off your package!

A $1,000.00 non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot as the hotel requires a down-payment right away.

* Room Upgrades are available for more Euros.

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