Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison

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  • Cesaria's lorighittas with chicken

    • Ladyberd on February 01, 2021

      Delicious. I shredded the chicken into the sauce after it cooked. Would use more garlic next time. This pasta is time consuming to make but everyone loved it.

  • Giuseppina's pici with garlic tomato sauce

    • twoyolks on July 17, 2020

      Despite being so simple, the sauce is really quite good. The long cooking really helps meld the flavors together. I had trouble getting the pici thin enough so they were a bit too large. I'd consider just rolling and cutting the pasta like spaghetti in the future.

  • Gaia's culurgiones with tomato sauce

    • KarinaFrancis on March 14, 2021

      This recipe almost broke me. The filling is absolutely amazing but the actual pasta was an absolute disaster. The dough was very sloppy and sticky even though I didn’t add all the water. I added additional plain flour, which helped a little and rested it, which also helped a little but it was still very difficult to work with. I watched the pasta grannies video and a few others but the shaping was beyond me. If I ever get the nerve to try these again I’ll use a 50/50 semolina and flour dough.

  • Quintina's gnocchetti with chickpeas

    • spatterson88 on February 20, 2021

      This made a little more gnocchetti than we would have liked. I used a leftover pork ragu from a different recipe and added a can of diced tomatoes. Delicious and we will make again.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Pasta Grannies contains the wisdom of the Italian nonna you always wanted.

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  • ISBN 10 1784882887
  • ISBN 13 9781784882884
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  • Published Oct 17 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United States, United Kingdom
  • Publisher Hardie Grant

Publishers Text

"When you have good ingredients, you don't have to worry about cooking. They do the work for you." – Lucia, 85

Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers.

Featuring over 80 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy, you will be transported into the very heart of the Italian home to learn how to make great-tasting Italian food. Pasta styles range from pici – a type of hand-rolled spaghetti that is simple to make – to lumachelle della duchessa – tiny, ridged, cinnamon-scented tubes that take patience and dexterity.

More than just a compendium of dishes, Pasta Grannies tells the extraordinary stories of these ordinary women and shows you that with the right know how, truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.


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