Here we go with the last post from my Italian vacation of last August. The day before I left we decided to make Grandma Rosa signature pasta, it’s called Cicatelli and is made only with organic flour, lukewarm water and a pinch of salt. So simple and so delicious!
She has been making this kind of pasta since she was a young girl, watching her making it is fascinating, she makes it look like is the easiest thing in the world and she is super fast. I think that she made pasta for 8 people in the same time that the water in the pot took to start boiling. When I make it is about an hour of work and the day after my harms are really sore.
Homemade Cicatelli it’s a tradition of my dad hometown, a tiny little village situated on the top of a hill in the south of Italy, the name of it is San Bartolomeo in Galdo and I hope I’ll get to visit one day not too far on the line.
The pasta was delicious; I like it so much that I enjoy eating it with a big wooden spoon ;-)! I know it’s a little weird, a few years back my friend Paulo came to visit from New York and he looked at me very strangely because I was using my wood spoon and he asked me why; I simply answered: “why not!”
My Grandma doesn’t really have recipes of what she cook, she just do everything by heart and she tell me use a little bit of this and a little bit of that, so I tried my best to figure out the exact ingredients listed below.
- for 4 people:
- 1 ½ cup flour
- ¾ cup lukewarm water
- 1 tsp salt
- shape the flour in a circle with a hole in the middle
- dissolve the salt it the lukewarm water
- pure the water in the flour hole little by little and start to mix everything together
- knead the dough until the mix is homogeneous
- Stretch the dough really thin using a rolling pin
- cut the dough in vertical strips
- slice the strips in a ¼ inch pieces of pasta
- with 3 fingers press on each piece of pasta and create littles creeks
- cook in boiling water for no longer than 3 minutes