I’m super excited to be kicking off my “Perfecting Pasta” series today across Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok! Each week I’m making a unique handmade pasta on Tuesday and a perfectly paired sauce to serve it with on Wednesday. I’ve spent the past few weeks perfecting the art of pasta, which meant me and my family have literally been eating pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days! I’ve found that while some shapes may be challenging at first, the overall process of learning and practicing is quite relaxing.
I’m kicking this series off with Handmade Trofie. A short, thin, twisted pasta from Liguria, Northern Italy, Trofie is loved by locals but unheard of in most parts of the world. Forming the shape is easy to learn but difficult to master. I thought Trofie was an excellent place to start because even if you screw it up, the result will still be close enough that no one will be complaining! Forming the shape takes a special diagonal rubbing of the dough with the edge of your palm against the work-surface that, with some practice, forms a beautiful twisted shape, perfect for picking up pesto sauce!