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Mar 02, 2014

Small square pasta shapes for chicken soup?

Hi there - I have a question. I am trying to make a old family recipe for Chicken Soup, but it calls for a pasta noodle that is square in shape and is

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Feb 06, 2014

Like creamy sweet cheese? You'll LOVE this!

Check out this wonderful piece on Italian ricotta cheese...

... then when you've bought some, use it in these recipes from our site:

Pasta with ricotta

Simple ricotta lasagna

Even more ricotta-based recipes.

:-)

Jan 07, 2014

Vintage white Bialetti pasta machine

My mother gave me her vintage Bialetti pasta machine that she'd had for 40 years. Now I've had it for another 25 and it is spectacular. Its motor is

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Nov 22, 2013

Essential viewing: Mozzarella Inc.

This short film was 20 minutes well spent...

"A former drum & bass DJ and an ex club promoter from Italy head out to provide London's restaurants with the freshest Buffalo mozzarella on the market."

It's about identity, being Italian and one of the most coveted cheeses in the world.

Enjoy!

Oct 07, 2013

Food f***-ups: how foreigners get Italian cuisine completely wrong

In Italian, "basta!" means "enough!". And there are some Italian food mistakes which drive natives kerrazy...

This great article describes some of the most common culprits:

Ketchup on your pasta? Basta! Italian food institute issues a list of rules for foreigners to follow

Spoiler alert: Chicken with pasta? No WAY people!

Matt.

Oct 01, 2013

All you need to know... about 200 calories

It's health & fitness day here at Pasta Recipes Made Easy!

- Here is a wonderful video that explains exactly what 200 calories looks like in different foods:

- While this slideshow shows how you can burn off these 200 calories in order not become too heavy;

Education over!

Oct 01, 2013

Which is the least filling type of pasta?

Which pasta noodle is less filling - linguine or spaghetti? Some dishes get overpowered by the noodle and I want to know which would be best served for

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Oct 01, 2013

Simple Lasagna Recipe With Creamy Ricotta - Authentic Italian Ricotta Lasagna

This simple lasagna recipe with creamy ricotta is one of the quickest around. Roughly half an hour to prep, then bang it in the oven. Totally moreish.

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Sep 27, 2013

Pasta Recipes Made Easy, Delicious Italian Pasta, Step by Step, FREE Recipe Book

Looking for delicious Italian pasta recipes anyone can cook? Click this way to create tasty authentic dishes using my step by step guides.

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Sep 20, 2013

Using the Marcato pasta extruder - why didn't my fuselli twist?

Hey Matt - I just bought a Marcato pasta extruder - tried to make the fuselli, but it came out straight, not twisted... Do you have any idea what I was

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Sep 16, 2013

The best pasta for a diet

I love my pasta, but I must lose weight. What is the best pasta or recipes that can help me? Answer: Hi Trevor and thanks for your question. Firstly,

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Sep 16, 2013

Why is my fresh pasta breaking in the pan?

Hello, I made fresh pasta noodles for the first time last night with the CTC x1500 Pasta Express, and everything seemed to go smoothly until cooking.

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Sep 16, 2013

Can I make fresh ravioli, leave it in the fridge then cook it the next day?

I have to make a pasta dish tomorrow, and am using fresh pasta to make ravioli. I need to make it beforehand, so can I make it today then leave it in

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Sep 12, 2013

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Sep 03, 2013

Pastastic Leftover Recipes - Easy Leftover Recipes with an Italian Pasta Twist

Looking for leftover recipes? Also love Italian pasta? These dishes will have your spare bits of food rocking pasta in just a few minutes. Buono!

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Aug 30, 2013

Spaghetti Con Le Vongole - Spaghetti With Cockles or Clams

Spaghetti con le vongole (spaghetti with cockles) is an Italian seafood classic. Try this easy spaghetti dish, with clams if they're all you have, for a deliciously authentic Italian dinner.

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Aug 30, 2013

100% Easy Pasta Recipes for First Time Cooks

These ultra easy pasta recipes are aimed squarely at pasta beginners. So if you have never done more than open a bottle of pasta sauce, these delicious Italian dishes are for you.

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Aug 30, 2013

Recipe For Macaroni And Cheese - Swiss Alpine Baked Macaroni Cheese

This Swiss Alpine recipe for macaroni and cheese is a creamy bacony treat. Packed full of calories, it's a seriously scrumptious stomach filler.

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Aug 30, 2013

Want to make fresh pasta in the am to serve at dinner. How do I handle the pasta til using it?

Hi Matt - I'm having friends for dinner and would like to make fresh pasta. If I make the fresh pasta in the morning, how do I keep this pasta until

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Aug 23, 2013

Now THAT was a macaroni and cheese!

Swiss Alpine style. Still digesting...

Swiss macaroni cheese

#RecipeComingSoon

Aug 16, 2013

How can I use up black olives?

Hi - does anyone have some suggestions for what dishes I can use black olives in? I have lots of huge cans of these and I'm not real sure how to use them

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Aug 16, 2013

Atlas 150 pasta maker - can't remove the attachment!

Hi there. I just watched your Atlas past maker video review on YouTube, and found it to be very helpful. I made my first batch of fettucine with this

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Aug 15, 2013

Imperia SP 150

I had a pasta machine from the 1960's which my Nonna used. I now have the Imperia SP150 and it has been used twice a week for the last few years without

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Aug 14, 2013

Interviews With Italian Cooks - Inspiring Chef Chat

The creator of Pasta Recipes Made Easy, Pastastic Matt, talks exclusively to some of the world's most inspiring Italian cooks.

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Aug 14, 2013

Neat - 10 Kitchen Hacks to Improve Your Summer

From trapping fruit flies to chopping mangos and keeping your BBQ's condiment line moving... genius!

Aug 13, 2013

Different Types of Pasta Explained

Learn the different types of pasta with my comprehensive A to Z guide. From amori and barbina to vermicelli and ziti, I explain how these shapes differ and how to easily recognise them.

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Aug 13, 2013

What is a great sauce for candele pasta?

I have 18-inch long candele (candle pasta) and want to respect it and do proper justice to this really great NY grocery dried pasta. This PA Dutch cook

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Aug 13, 2013

How to remove a tomato's seeds (VIDEO)

My Italian mamma-in-law, Marisa, demonstrates how to remove a tomato's difficult-to-digest seeds.

All you need is a thin metal spike and a small bowl of water.

Done!

Aug 09, 2013

Easy Onion Pasta with Sweet Cooked Chestnuts and Optional Bacon

This unique onion pasta makes a perfect Autumn dish - with sweet cooked chestnuts and optional belly bacon chunks. Quick, easy, delicious.

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Aug 06, 2013

Italian Cooks Q&A - Chiappa Sisters - Simply Italian, Channel 4

I chat to Welsh-Italian cooks the Chiappa Sisters about their foodie heritage, how to make scrumptious bright-colored pasta, Welsh-Italian fusion dishes and much more.

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