We managed to cover a lot of ground during our month in Italy. After traveling south from Padova to Rome, stopping in a bunch of cities along the way, we then took an overnight train from Rome to Sicily. Our first stop was Messina, a small border town. Most people told us to skip it but we wanted to make a quick stop so we could meet Päivi and Santeri, two (newly) vegan nomads who have been traveling since 2004. It was a quick visit but they taught us a valuable lesson: how to make fresh vegan pasta from scratch.
How to Make Vegan Pasta from Scratch
I didn’t get a photo of every single step. For that, you’ll need to watch Päivi and Santeri’s video at the bottom of this post. They learned this technique from an Italian woman and passed it on to us.
Step 1: Mix approximately 2 1/4 cups of wheat flour and 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of water with a fork
Step 2: Add about 1/2 cup of water, mix by hand until dough is firm
Step 3: Separate the dough into two balls. Roll out one ball until the dough is about 3-5 millimeters thick
Step 4: Cover the dough with flour, fold it over until it becomes one long piece
Step 5: Cut it into slices, about the thickness of your pinky finger
Step 6: Separate the pasta by mixing and tossing it with plenty of flour
Step 7: Let it sit for awhile
Step 8: Let the water boil before putting in a pinch of salt and the pasta
Step 9: Cook the noodles until they start to float, about 3 minutes
Step 10: Strain the pasta and remove most of the water
Step 11: Add sauce or vegetables and stir
Step 12: Eat right away and enjoy
One of the recipes explained in this video involves eggs, but you can just ignore that part. Watch the video and you’ll see how other shapes of pasta are made too.
It’s very fun to make fresh pasta, and easier than you’d imagine. With just a few ingreidents you can put together an impressive meal. Buon appetito!