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Les Petits Chefs make pasta from scratch with Emily Richards

Cheesy buttery pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe were thrilled to welcome Emily Richards back to the Petits Chefs kitchen lab again this week.  Emily is a Professional Home Economist with over 20 years’ experience working in the food industry. If you were a regular viewer of Canadian Living Cooks on Food Network you might recognise Emily! This week was her TENTH time working with the boys!

It’s always very rewarding when chefs want to come back and work with the Petits Chefs over and over again and Emily is one of those.  She’s taught them how to make gnocchi from scratch,  strawberry and rhubarb pies, sticky date pudding, how to grind meat and make their own sausages, she showed them how to bake hors d’oeuvres for the holidays, they made gnocchi from her latest book, Per la Famiglia, they made ricotta-stuffed pasta shells they’ve learned how to make arancini, and last time she came, Emily showed the boys how to make stuffed jalapeño peppers.

This time, Emily suggested showing the boys how to make pasta from scratch and I couldn’t think of a better activity for the second last day of school (also, a wonderful activity to send the boys on their way into summer – who doesn’t want to learn how to make pasta from scratch – with or without a machine?).

We started out making the dough – it’s so easy with just flour, salt, water, eggs and a splash of oil!

Kids making pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comMixing dough for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comGradually it started to look like dough…

Kneading dough for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd we started to knead..

Kids kneading dough for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comEmily taught the boys how to test the dough to see if it needed more flour…

Kids testing readiness of dough for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd they carefully followed her instructions…

Kids working with dough for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comSome of us were pretty enthusiastic when it came to kneading the dough…

Kids kneading dough to make pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen we got to rolling it out. Some of the boys hand rolled – doing a beautiful job…

Kids rolling pasta dough by hand for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd others used the pasta machine…

Using a pasta machine for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids using a pasta machine for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids rolling pasta with a pasta machine for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys who hand rolled the dough also cut it by hand and did a very professional job…

Kids cutting pasta by hand for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.com Hand cut pasta for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids cut pasta by hand for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comPretty perfect, huh? And also, who knew that the secret to cutting pasta was rolling it up like that? Makes total sense but I just never thought of it!

Meanwhile over at the pasta machine…

Machine cut pasta for pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comBoth sets of pasta looked pretty professional, if you ask me!

We had a little bit of time at the end so we decided to cook the pasta and make a simple sauce with Parmesan and butter. So simple.. so good…

Grating cheese into the pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cheesy buttery pasta from scratch wth Emily Richards on eatlivetravelwrite.comI have no photos of the finished dish because it was, well, finished before I knew it. Or tucked away in Tupperwares accompanied by whispered promises of seeking takeout cutlery from the dining hall so said pasta could be devoured before any parent laid eyes on it LOL!

I know that *I* learned a lot from Emily this week – I’ve had a few forays into homemade pasta but none of them have been terribly successful but now I feel like I have the skills to go away and experiment – and even feel confident to hand cut my pasta! As I said, I can’t think of a better activity to play with over the long summer break! Thanks, Emily!

Check out what Emily’s up to by visiting her website and follow her on Twitter @ERiscooking or Facebook at Emily Richards Cooks.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of Per la Famiglia for review purposes. I was not asked to write about the book or work with Emily, nor am I being compensated for doing to. All opinions 100% my own and I only recommend products that I really love. FULL disclosure: Emily is my good friend too!

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4 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make pasta from scratch with Emily Richards

  1. Mr. Neil June 14, 2018 at 08:39 #

    Wonderful when something so “complex” is revealed as, well…not complex.

    Memories of whipping together home-made pasta in Colmar, France with fresh mushrooms just purchased from the market…empty wine bottle as rolling pin! 🙂

    • Mardi Michels June 15, 2018 at 12:49 #

      Oh yes this totally reminds me of making pasta in Colmar! Now I know a few more tricks, I’ll be happy to try again!

  2. Geoff June 14, 2018 at 18:43 #

    Inspiring stuff, Mardi… LPCs clearly having a good time.

    • Mardi Michels June 15, 2018 at 12:48 #

      Absolutely – we all had a great time this week!

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