Let's explore the history of fresh Italian pasta, among centuries-old recipes and traditions capable of spreading between generations, without limits.
Fresh pasta is, without a doubt, the symbol of the immense Italian gastronomic heritage. Each region of the boot is characterized by its own formats, which fill old and new recipe books.
Fresh Italian pasta: an endless love
While working the fresh pasta
The history of pasta spans the centuries, in an endless space-time journey, which documents how essential this sublime food is on our tables, in our lives.
The cult of Italian fresh pasta has its roots in the sumptuous gastronomic tradition of the country. With its soft texture and its unique and indescribable flavour, fresh Italian pasta is an enjoyment for the senses and a delight for food lovers – who delight in preparing it, as if to perform a ritual.
The history of Italian fresh pasta
The history of Italian fresh pasta dates back to a few centuries ago. Italy was the first country in Europe to adopt pasta as a fundamental element of its cuisine. Initially thought of as an element of a poor course, given the simplicity of its ingredients, pasta quickly dominated Italian tables, following the Italians themselves around the world, among the continents gradually explored and populated by emigrants. However, the first evidence to refer to the presence of fresh pasta in the diet and on Italian tables dates back to the 13th century; in this period, difficult to date exactly, Italian women began to make pasta, using only flour, water and salt.
The lucky fate of fresh pasta
Italian fresh pasta
Over the centuries, fresh pasta has been perfected and enriched with ingredients such as eggs, which have contributed to making it even more creamy and tasty; moreover, the recipe books of different formats have been increased.
Fresh pasta has been a real canvas, where everyone has been able to express their culinary art, right inside their own kitchen: broken, cut in various ways, filled and stuffed, fresh pasta knows no equal - and everyone is happier knowing that, among the courses of an opulent lunch, there will certainly be a plate of tagliatelle.
The ingredients for a perfect fresh pasta
Some fresh fettuccine
To prepare fresh egg pasta we need:
- 4 eggs, possibly organic, 70 g each;
- 400 g of 00 flour;
- A pinch of salt.
Fresh pasta is made up of simple elements of excellent quality. Wheat flour, egg and a sprinkling of salt are the protagonists of the preparation of fresh pasta. After mixing the ingredients, the dough is rolled out thinly and cut into various shapes, such as tagliatelle, fettuccine, ravioli and tortellini. Fresh pasta is an art that requires patience and skill; the end result is a superior quality product that is celebrated for the unique texture and flavors with which it is dressed.
The various stages of preparation
The first stages of preparing the dough
We begin the processing, so that we can have our fresh egg pasta ready in the blink of an eye.
To start, we pour just under 400 g of 00 flour on a wooden pastry board, thanks to which the porosity of the dough will be softer and more manageable. We create a hollow in the center of the flour and pour in two whole eggs; with the fork, we begin to mix the mixture inside the aforementioned hollow – slowly incorporating the flour.
Once the liquid part has been absorbed, we start working the dough with our hands; energetically, with the palm of our hands, let's help ourselves to spread the mixture well, pulling it far and wide and being careful not to tear it.
Once the dough is smooth, wrap it in cling film and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Once the dough has been cut with the tarot, and the part that we will not use has been kept well, we proceed to roll the dough into the sheeter machine, until we obtain a thin sheet.
We will then lay this sheet, passed and passed again between the rollers on a lightly floured pastry board and with a tarot, or with a knife, we will finish the edges. We can also, preferably, divide the dough into two parts, so as to handle it more easily.
Our fresh egg pasta is ready and we can thus create the shape we prefer.
Fresh pasta, walking around the Italian regions
Throughout Italy, each region has its own fresh pasta specialties and shapes, reflecting local traditions and the use of regional ingredients.
While in the north you can discover delicious agnolotti or tortellini filled with meat, in the centre, fresh pasta is often accompanied by tomato-based sauces and pecorino romano. In the south, however, orecchiette and cavatelli are among the most popular variations. All these differences, area to area of Italy and from region to region of the boot, reflect the kaleidoscope of experiences that the country has gone through and lived, adapting centuries-old recipes to its own traditions.
Fresh pasta in the world
Fresh pasta in the world
Fresh Italian pasta has conquered the hearts of gastronomes from all over the world.
Italian restaurants, and not only, use and innovate the recipes of the ancient Italian pasta-making heritage, to rediscover the timeless flavor of fresh pasta. The pasta well enhances unique, unusual and traditional flavors.
The different shapes and textures of fresh pasta allow for a vast range of combinations with extraordinary sauces, condiments and ingredients, satisfying every type of palate.
A heritage to be preserved
The preparation of tortellini
Fresh Italian pasta is much more than an artisanal preparation. When we talk about fresh pasta we are discussing a centuries-old culinary tradition, handed down from generation to generation. Its artisanal preparation and the use of such simple ingredients make it the queen of Italian cuisine.
On the other hand, you know, a plate of pasta is enough to be happier.