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If you missed our LIVE cooking class with authentic Italian chef, Francesco, you can still get cooking at home with his fresh pasta recipe. Watch as Francesco  — chef and guide of the wildly popular “cooking with kids” experience in Florence — teaches fresh pasta making, and how to whip together a classic red sauce, straight from his cucina in Florence. It’s so easy, our whole team even managed to follow along during the livestream (really!)

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La toque blanche: the moment a chef puts on the white hat, double-breasted jacket, and apron, one can only expect wonders, especially if one is in Florence, Italy, region of Tuscany.
Francesco in action

Recipe: Fresh potato ravioli with a traditional red sauce

The chef: Francesco from Cooking with Kids Experience in Florence 
Serves: 3-4
Follow along on: Francesco’s facebook page 

What you’ll need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden rolling pin
  • Chef’s knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Potato masher
  • Frying pan
  • Large saucepan (for pasta water)
  • Small saucepan
Hands on: hands of two people pulling the 'in the making' dough out of the pasta making machine's pair of rolls.
A pasta rolling machine will speed things along, but this recipe works fine without it!

Nice to have:

  • Pasta machine
  • Pasta cutter
  • Pastry bag


Voila: chef being a show off. Presenting a beautiful homemade fresh pasta dish in his kitchen at home. Fresh ingredients & olive oil.
Hey presto: delicious pasta in no time

Fresh pasta:

100g flour — any type is fine
2 eggs, beaten —  substitute with water to make vegan-friendly

Potato ravioli filling

200g potatoes, baked with rosemary and garlic, cooled
30g grated parmesan (omit to make vegan-friendly) 
1 Tbs chopped parsley
5 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

Sugo all’agliona (fresh tomato sauce)

5 fresh tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
5 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup white wine
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Pasta dough (this can be done in advance)

Pasta in the making. Hands kneading the dough on a flour sprinkled surface. Wear an apron so your good clothing doesn't get covered on flour.
The pasta dough should look and feel like play-dough

1. Pour the flour onto a clean benchtop and make a well in the center.
2. Pour the egg and water into the well and mix until it forms a sticky paste that you can knead. 
3. Once the dough is smooth and elastic, cover with plastic wrap and put it to the side. Allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
4. After 20 minutes, roll out the dough onto a floured counter with a rolling pin and pass through a pasta machine, starting at the setting “0-2-4”. You may have to fold the dough to size to pass it through the machine. 
5. Fold the dough once more and pass through the machine at the “0-2-4-6” setting. You should have a long, thin sheet. Place on the floured counter.

Note: If you don’t have a pasta machine, use the rolling pin and roll until you have one long sheet about ½ an inch (a couple of millimeters) thick


After adding the fillings to the pasta sheet and folding it over, the chef cuts the fresh pasta into squares. Tip: a knife for a straight or a shaped pasta cutter for shaped edges.
A pasta cutter makes the classic zigzag edges. Just like in Italia.

1. In a large mixing bowl, mash the rosemary garlic potatoes with parsley, parmesan, ground nutmeg, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
2. Combine well and spoon into the pastry bag. 
3. Pipe the potato mixture into heaped-teaspoon-sized balls lengthways along the top of the pasta sheet (or use a spoon). Leave around 2 fingers of space between each ball.
4. Fold the bottom of the pasta sheet over the balled mixture and cut into squares. Press the sides of each square to prevent them from coming unstuck during cooking.
5. Place the ravioli in a large saucepan of salted boiling water.
6. Cook for 6 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


Tomato, garlic, onions, parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary... be creative on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Why not try and grow your own?
The key to a good sauce is to use fresh, seasonal ingredients.

1. Half-fill a small saucepan with water, allow to boil.
2. In the meantime, remove the stems from the tomatoes. Using a serrated knife, score the tops with an “X”.
3. Place the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch for 1 minute.
4. Remove the tomatoes and cool under running water to stop the cooking process. 
5. Peel and cut into cubes, place to the side. 
6. In the frypan, heat the olive oil on a low heat. Add a whole clove of peeled garlic, fresh basil leaves, and white wine. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
7. Add the diced tomatoes, raise the heat, and cook for another 5 minutes. Avoid stirring. 
8. Toss the cooked pasta through the sauce and serve immediately.

Buon appetito! 

Watch the step-by-step video

Let us know how you went in the comments!

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