United States



How to do Pasta

S/S '22

Benvenuti a tutti. The Italians have arrived. And we’re going to show you what to do with some pasta dough and some traditional moulds.


Shop The Pasta Deliziosa Collection ►

Ottinetti – A Very Brief History

Established in Baveno on Lake Maggiore in 1920, the firm is still owned and run by the founder Italo Ottinetti’s family. And we love a family firm. They are specialists in the manufacture of aluminium cookware. And we love a specialism. Aluminium is one of the most common materials on Earth, a good thermal conductor and is recyclable over and over again. They are experts in pasta moulds and cutters.

Shop Italo Ottinetti ►

Pasta – A Brief History

Did Marco Polo bring pasta back to Italy from China in the 13th Century? Was there an early incarnation of a pasta machine in an Etruscan burial chamber very much earlier? Perhaps Arab traders introduced it to Southern Italy in the 8th Century. The exact orgins are unclear but pasta’s foothold in Italian cuisine, for both the rich and the poor, was very firmly established by the 1500s. Eaten plain by the poor, the aristocrats of Milan and Mantua served stuffed pastas at the Italian court. In time courtly recipes passed to the masses and filled pastas are now a staple in many regional Italian cuisines. NB (because we love a fun fact): in Northern Italy pasta is made from the widely grown soft wheat flour, containing little natural protein, so the dough is enriched with eggs. In Southern Italy protein rich durum wheat grows so no enrichment necessary.

Images taken from Home Made Basics




Pasta Dough – A Recipe

It seems like sacrilege but we are using a pasta recipe from a Dutch cook who divides her time between Ireland and Holland.


375g pasta flour (preferablly tipo 00)

125 g durum wheat flour

1 tsp sea salt

3 whole eggs plus 5 yolks


Knead all the ingredients patiently and thoroughly, either by hand or with a stand mixer. Cover and let rest in the fridge for at least an hour. This way the flour can fully absorb moisture and the dough will be easier to process later. In a pasta machine, roll the dough into long sheets, which can then be used in the ravioli moulds or using the ravioli cutters.


Dough Recipe from Home Made Basics



Ravioli alla Salvia (from the delicious Serafina)

450g Baby spinach

300g Ricotta

200g Parmigiano Reggiano

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 Large egg, well beaten

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Leaves of ½ bunch sage, chopped


In a pot, cook spinach in a small amount of water until wilted. Drain well, pressing the spinach against the sides of a colander or sieve, then puree and place in a bowl. Add the ricotta, nutmeg and 70g parmesan. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Lay a sheet of pasta on the mould, place portions of the filling (depending on the size of the mould) in the indentations, brush the strips between the hollows with beaten egg, add the top layer of pasta, fresh gently to seal and use the rolling pin to cut. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until it floats to the surface (fresh egg pasta cooks very quickly). Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sage leaves and saute until crisp (about 3 minutes). Drain the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl. Pour over the melted butter and sage and gently combine. Season with addition black pepper and the remaining parmesan.

Other Classic Fillings for your Moulds and your Cutters

Try any of these delicious combinations: spinach and ricotta; pumpkin with walnuts; fresh basil pesto; lobster with beurre blanc; pork with mortadella and prosciutto (not one for the veggies); three cheeses with tomato sauce.

Feeling culinarily inspired? Desperate to channel your inner Massimo Botturo? Step right this way into our flour filled kitchen.


Shop The Pasta Deliziosa Collection ►

For the Recipes:

For the Pasta Making:

For Serving:

Shipping & Returns
All orders are shipped with DHL or UPS.

UK Mainland Delivery (inc. Northern Ireland):
Standard Delivery is free of charge for all orders over £100 (£4.95 for orders less than £100) and takes 3-5 working days
Express is £6.95 and takes 1-2 working days
UK Highlands and Islands is £9.95

Non-UK Delivery:
European Standard Delivery is £15.00
U.S.A Standard Delivery is £20.00
Rest of the World Standard Delivery is £25

(Please note that this charge includes delivery only, therefore non-EU customers will be responsible for import duties and local taxes)