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The pasta-bilities are endless

Make your own pasta, then shape it like a pro.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Ingredients (see recipe card)
  • Bowls
  • Pans
  • Hob
  • Access to water
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife

Before you begin

  • If you’re meeting online, check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online. If you’re not sure how to cook over Zoom, check out our top tips. Don’t forget to give people plenty of notice to get their ingredients and equipment ready.

Make your pasta

Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour
  • Two medium eggs

Prep time: 60 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Serves: two

  1. Put the flour in the bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack the eggs into it.
  3. Use your hand to draw in flour from the edges, mixing in the centre until it’s mixed together into a solid dough.
  4. Tip out the dough and knead it into a ball shape.
  5. Knead the dough for a minute – it should end up being quite stiff and hard to knead.
  6. Put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut the dough into two pieces.
  8. Choose a pasta shape and follow the instructions below to roll, fold, or twist your pasta.
  9. Boil the pasta until it’s tender and serve with your favourite sauce.

Reflection

This activity gave everyone the chance to try something new. Had anyone made pasta before? How did people feel before they got stuck in? Maybe some people were a bit apprehensive, or others thought it wouldn’t work. What would people do if they had the chance to try another new recipe or food? 

This activity was also about living healthily. Pasta belongs in the carbohydrate food group. Can anyone remember why carbs are such an important part of a balanced diet? They’re our main source of energy: they’re broken down into glucose which our bodies (especially our brains and central nervous system) need to work. They’re also a source of other nutrients like fibre. Can anyone think of any other tasty sources of carbohydrates?

Safety

Cooking

Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.

Fires and stoves

Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.