Chris makes Pappardelle and Pesto at Pasta n Play

Last Friday I popped along to Pasta n Play for an evening of pasta making with the wonderful Vittoria, the mastermind behind Pasta n Play. Hosted in her stunning kitchen, we began the night with a pile of flour and ended it with a steaming plate of handmade pappardelle and homemade pesto. A fun and relaxed evening, it’s a great date night activity – check out my full review below.

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We popped out of the tube at East Putney – we were a bit early so found a pub on the river to have a drink in first. Once we’d whetted our appetites we meandered our way to Vittoria’s house and picked up a bottle of prosecco along the way (the class is BYOB). Vittoria welcomed us with a big smile and lilting Italian accent and took us through to her (incredible) kitchen (she has 2 kitchens in the house by the way) where tables were laid out with all we’d need for the evening.

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Once we’d washed our hands and got our aprons on we cracked open the prosecco, got chatting with the other guests and tucked into some focaccia bread that Vittoria had baked that day (it was impossibly delicious).

Once everyone had arrived we got cracking. First off we mixed our flours together (veggies and vegans had different flour types) and then added egg or water and began mixing. Vittoria showed us the technique and did her best not to laugh at me as I nearly dropped my egg on the floor.

Once we’d got a good mixture it was time for some hard graft, rolling and flipping our dough until they ‘felt like playdough’! After ten minutes of rolling and kneading most of the class had a good little dough ball and those that didn’t were helped out (naming no names). We wrapped our dough in clingfilm (to keep it moist) and moved onto the Pesto. With great efficiency, tasks were split out amongst the group, from crushing nuts to grating cheese and mixing it all together.

With the Pesto ready and waiting for its pasta accompaniment, we turned back to our dough and with one pasta machine between each pair we rolled our pasta into thinner and thinner sheets. There was something immensely satisfying about the process and a noticeable quiet graced the group as everyone focussed on creating their sheets.

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Once they were done, a few simple slices created our pappardelle and we were ready to get cooking. Vittoria already had the water boiling (make sure it’s heavily salted) and within 5 minutes it was ready to be mixed in with our pesto.

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By this point everyone was pretty hungry, Vittoria got out olive oil and cheese from her hometown in Italy to accompany the food, and the pappardelle and pesto didn’t last long at all. Feeling full and quite pleased with ourselves the group began googling the price of pasta machines and I’m pretty sure one couple claimed they’d never eat shop-bought pasta again (I think their shop-bought wine may have been kicking in at this point though).

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With time up and everyone feeling content, there was just enough time for Vittoria to show us a quick video of her 3-year old son making his own pasta (adorable) and with that we were out into the West London night.

I’ll admit I didn’t know whether pasta making would be for me but the class was great, very relaxed and informal but I still left feeling like I’d learnt something.