Italy is a wonderful country.
But italy is also a strange country, where -in the XXI Century- homosexuality is still something to buzz about it. Italy is a place where -in 2013- sounds normal that the manager of the biggest italian Company producing pasta talks about the traditional family as the housewife knitting, while she waits for her husband at home (for this idea of family I suggest you a textbook of Modern History: from the Fall of Costantinople, to the Congress of Vienna 1453-1815).
I won’t fuel the argument, because everything has been already said, written, posted and twitted about how Guido Barilla miserably made an ass of himself, I just think that probably he’s not so skilled in marketing, looking at the hell unleashed by his declaration about Barilla’s commercial and homosexuality on the web.
Well, we don’t care about Barilla (which is probably the most popular pasta in the world but not the best) and we propose you a wonderful recipe of homemade pasta!
SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA*
Less words more pics..this is a traditional recipe, prepared with the ingredients of the abruzzese tradition, in a background that couldn’t be more traditionally set. I’m sorry for the poor Guido, who would judge the situation as a clamorous role swap, where the dough was kneaded and rolled by a man, and for one time, I was the invisible observer hidden behind the camera.
for the dough:
450 gr durum wheat flour
a bit of water
The exact amount of wheat depends of a a large range of factors, humidity and temperature of the air etc, so I suggest you to try and try until you get the perfect dough. Bytheway he traditional egg pasta would be one egg every 100 gr of wheat.
Put the wheat on the pastry board as to form a sort of volcano. Make a hole on the top and open the eggs in it, add salt, beat the eggs a bit then start adding the wheat, add water if you need it and knead well, forming a sort of snake.
Roll the dough and cut it the same width as the “Chitarra”, then press it on the strings with the rolling pin and let the spaghetti fall down on the base of the utensil.
Let them dry a bit then cook in salted boiling water.
Strain and serve with the sauce you prefer, we used the best homemade hot-pot sauce ever cooked.
*the Chitarra (that would be guitar, literally translated) is an ancient utensil used in the kitchens of South of Italy. The name derives from its resemblance to the musical instrument, and it is used to prepare spaghetti with a squared section, instead of a circular one.
Happy weekend to EVERYONE!