Italian Childhood Memories...

Moonbeam Pasta
Stars and crescent moons make up the shapes of this gorgeously pretty variety of pasta for children. So I am inspired to create something that reminds me of shooting stars and happy dreams. Dress the pasta with as much of the sauce as you like, as some children like lots of sauce and others only want it barely coated, and refrigerate or freeze the rest for later use.

To turn it into something slightly more sophisticated, substitute the ham for chopped chorizo or salame, and add some finely snipped fresh chives.

Serves 2

To dress up to
  • 120 g/4 1/2 oz Garofolo Anistelle pasta for children
  • 1 spring onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic tomato passata
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone or single cream
  • 1 slice cooked ham, cut into strips
  • 3 baby sweet corn cobs cut into thin comet tail strips
  • A pinch of salt
  • Long shavings of fresh Parmesan, to garnish
  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil for the pasta. 
  • Meanwhile, fry the spring onion very gently in the olive oil until soft but not coloured. 
  • Add the passata and stir together. 
  • Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, and then stir in the mascarpone or cream, the ham and the sweet corn cobs. 
  • You should end up with a sauce that is swirly and dreamily pink, with the long comet tails of the sweet corn through it. 
  • Cook the pasta until tender in the boiling water, drain and toss with the sauce. 
  • Pile the pasta into bowls or on to plates, garnish with the Parmesan shavings and serve at once.
P.S. For special occasions, finish off the dish with a tiny dusting of edible gold glitter, a little stardust sometimes works wonders on even the fussiest of diners!

Baked Motori with Ham And Cheese

Motori Al Forno

This is a very simple and easy dish that I remember very fondly from my childhoood in Tuscany. I really prefer to use Penne when I make this as it fits the memory much better, but I’ve tried it out with the Motori shape from the Garofolo range and it really works too. You can of course add other things to the dish such as grilled bacon, cooked peas, mushrooms or cauliflower florets, or blue cheese for a much stronger flavour. You can easily make this ahead and freeze it for later.

Serves 2

  • 140 g Motori pasta
  • salt and pepper
  • 200 ml/7 fl oz ready made béchamel or cheese sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 slices best baked ham, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente. 
  • Meanwhile, heat through the sauce and melt three quarters of the cheese into it. 
  • Drain the pasta and pour it back into the pot. 
  • Add three quarters of the sauce and the ham. 
  • Mix together. 
  • Grease a large oven-proof dish with half the butter. 
  • Pour in the dressed pasta and arrange it carefully. 
  • Pour over the remaining sauce and dot with the remaining butter. 
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven at Gas mark 6/400 F/200 for about 15 minutes or until golden and bubbling. 
  • Remove from the oven, rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

Anistelle with cream, ham and peas

This is an all-time favourite in Italy, and the pairing of ham and cream with the addition of very sweet soft peas make this recipe a totally irresistible even the fussiest of child

Ingredients for 4 children
  • 240g Anistelle (Garofalo La Giostra dei Bambini pasta)
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 30 ml EVOO
  • 100 ml single cream
  • 50 g grated parmesan
  • 200 g peas (either fresh in season, of petit pois frozen)
  • 100 g ½ cm thick cooked ham (York ham is fine or any good quality ham) cut in very small cubes or finely chopped.
  • 1 tbs chopped parsley
  • In a shallow pan add EVOO and the finely chopped shallot and sauté until soft. I
  • n the meantime in a small pan cook the fresh or frozen peas, drain and set aside.
  • Add the finely chopped ham and cook gently a couple of minutes.
  • At this stage add the peas, and season to taste but be aware the ham is already salted and parmesan will be added eventually.
  • When all ingredients are well incorporated, add the cream and warm trough.
  • In the meantime boil a copious amount of water (at least one litre per 100 g of pasta), and when boiling add the salt, roughly speaking 2 Tsp rock salt, add the pasta.
  • Cook to al dente (for anistelle 12 minutes)
  • Drain well the pasta and add it to the sauce, mix well and sprinkle with the chopped parsley and the parmesan.
  • Serve at once.
This is a guest post -

All are made using the children’s range of Garofalo Pasta

Recipe and photo credit by -

(‘La Giostra dei Bambini’ – ‘the children’s merry-go-round’) –  Pasta Garofalo.
Moonbeam Pasta & Motori have been created by Italian chef,  Valentina Harris
Anistelle dish was created by MasterChef finalist, Sara Danesin Medio

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Chicken Pasta Salad : Creative Monday Blog Hop...

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Quick and easy chicken pasta salad...

What you need
  • 250g pasta
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts that's cold from the fridge
  • 10 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 red onions
  • half cucumber
  • salt and pepper

  1. Cook pasta according to packet once cooked remove and put through a sieve,rinse with cold water and leave till completely cooled.
  2. Once cold place in a big bowl,chop the onions,cut the cucumber into cubes,dice the cooked chicken and add the mayonnaise.
  3. Mix well and add the salt and pepper to taste
  4. Store in a airtight container in the fridge until needed.

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Cream of peppers, oregano and parmigiano...

  • 1 yellow and 1 red pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 100 gr grated parmigiano
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 400 gr of Garofalo Penne Rigate

  • Place oil and shallots in a frying pan and sauté gently making sure shallots don’t brown (as they become bitter).
  • Add the peppers and sauté until very tender; if the mix becomes too dry add some boiling water (a glass will do).
  • Season to taste (please remember that extra salt will go in with the parmigiano, so don’t overdo it).
  • Place the sauce in a food processor and blitz to a cream, add the oregano.
To cook the pasta
  •  Use a large capacity pan and bring to the boil 4 litres of water, add salt and then the pasta.
  • The golden rule for cooking pasta properly is to use 1 litre of water for every 100 gr of pasta! 
  • Don’t bother adding ANY oil (it has better uses) to prevent pasta from sticking: it is the quantity of water and regular stirring that will ensure pasta doesn’t stick.
  • Place the sauce on the drained pasta, stir well and add plenty of grated parmigiano. 
  • You may wish to add a splash of extra virgin olive oil. 
  • Serve at once and enjoy this most flavoursome, light and inexpensive dish.
  • This is a wonderfully tasty sauce and its creamy consistency makes it ideal with the penne: some (but crucially not all) of the sauce finding its way into each penna!
Recipe and photo credit by- Garofalo Pasta

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