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December 16, 2014


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Sandra A

Simona che stupendi!!!
mi assento un attimo, non passo da te da qualche giorno e mi pento sui ceci!!!
io adoro la pasta fresca, lo sai, e tu sei il mio guru: guarda che roba questi mezzi tubi!!!
li provo, stasera, di sicuro!!!
un abbraccio stretto stretto stretto

Simona Carini

Sandra, mi fai arrossire. Per me inventare forme di pasta e' una terapia antistress. Questi mezzi tubi sono proprio divertenti da fare.


Beautiful pasta! They look perfect...

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2015!



Simona Carini

Grazie, Rosa.
Happy Holidays to you too, and best wished for the New Year.

Priya Elias

I wish I could one day make pasta like you Simona. The mezzi tubi rigati look so perfect and beautiful. I love that you have these audio files for the Italian words in the post. It’s very useful.

Happy Holidays!

Simona Carini

Thank you for your kind words, Priya. Happy Holidays to you as well.


like your recipies but i cant translate the ozs weights n cups

Simona Carini

Thank you for your comment, Rob. The reason I don't use cups in the ingredient list is that it is imprecise and the amount of semolina flour is small. Most readers are not familiar with how the dough should feel like so it is not easy for them to adjust to account for such imprecision. Using Bob's Red Mill semolina flour, which is the brand I have seen most often in stores, 100 g is 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon; 50 ml water is about 1/4 cup minus 2 teaspoons. I hope this helps.
As an aside, I am planning to record a short video about making the dough, which should provide at least a visual idea of the consistency of the dough.

Delaware Girl Eats

Simona -- I am a real fan of rigatoni and these look awesome to make!

Simona Carini

Hi Cathy. Once you have the tools, this shape is quite easy to make. A great intro to handmade pasta making. Let me know if you give it a try. Happy Monday!

Delaware Girl Eats

Ok I'm game.  What tools do I need?

Simona Carini

You'll need a gnocchi board and a piece of dowel that is 1/4 inch in diameter. If you don't already have a gnocchi board, you can find it online. The dowel comes from the hardware store, where they will probably cut it for you. Finally, you'll need semolina flour, which should be available at your local grocery store (if not, online it is). Then you are good to go.

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