Casa Barilla Italian Cooking Class
There is no secret I love Italian food, may it be brushetta, pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara or risotto – Italian food is all about flavours and simplicity – two things that resonate strongly with me.
Before Christmas, I attended an Italian cooking class at Casa Barilla, in Annandale, Sydney, ran by the lovely Silvia.
The class celebrated all the delights of the warmer season, with a delicious Italian spread. First we prepared a Spring Seafood & Pesti Salad, then we took a fresh look at Cannelloni, with a Ricotta & Spring Vegetable Cannelloni. Finally, at the end of the class, we enjoyed the freshly prepared delicacies in a convivial and joyful atmosphere.
What we made and ate
1.Cannelloni with Ricotta and Spring Vegetables: an indulgent pasta dish of Barilla cannelloni pasta filled with a mix of fresh ricotta, provolone and parmesan cheese, to which you add grilled fresh asparagus, zucchini, carrots and eggplants. The dish is topped with a home-made bechamel, a little bit of Barilla tomato sauce and baked in the oven for 20 minutes.
2. Spring Seafood & Pesti Salad: a refreshing salad of poached fresh tuna, octopus, prawns, scallops, squid and mussels, mixed with some fennel, nectarine wedges, capers and string beans. Dressed with olive oil and lemon.
5 Tips I learnt
- To cook pasta, make sure you use a big pot, enough to allow for one litre of water per 100 grams of pasta.
- Don’t waste your olive oil: oil and water don’t mix.
- Add salt to the water just before it reaches boiling point. This is purely to enhance the flavour.
- Good quality pasta won’t stick together so there’s no need to rinse it.
- Add only just enough sauce to coat the pasta.
What I love about Casa Barilla Cooking Classes
♥ Hands-on workshop ran by a passionate Italian team
♥ Executive Chef Andrea Tranchero shares his knowledge of Italian food in a fun and interactive atmosphere
♥ Indulge on delicious prosecco and antipasto on arrival
♥ Enjoy the food you made with a glass of wine and take home a generous goodie bag filled with Barilla products
Disclaimer: Mademoiselle Slimalicious attended as a guest of Casa Barilla. All opinions and photos are my own.