Rolling Dough

Cooking is something I have really been missing while abroad. At Syracuse, I am usually enrolled in at least one culinary class each semester, am used to cooking dinner for myself every night, plus love to bake in my free time! To fill the void, in the evening of Wednesday, February 8, I signed up for a cooking class sponsored by the school. The school holds cooking classes every week for students, teaching us how to make authentic Italian cuisine. On the menu for tonight were three types of pasta and tiramisu for dessert! Although I wish we weren’t making so much pasta, as I feel I eat too much as it is, I was so excited to learn the skills of an Italian Chef and cook with my friends.

After distributing aprons and a short introduction by the chef, the students divided the tasks at hand to complete our dinner. Some worked on the tiramisu and others chopped vegetables for the pasta sauces. After the chef told us it would be hard work, I immediately thought “arm workout!” and jumped at the chance to make the pasta dough. After mixing flour eggs and oil, we kneaded the dough for about 20 minutes - definitely earned my big pasta dinner!

After the tiramisu was put to set in the fridge, the sauces were finished and simmering on the stove, and the dough had rested, we all gathered around the large central table to get a pasta rolling tutorial. We all got a chance to roll and cut the long sheets of pasta into ravioli, linguine, and angel hair. The chef even showed us how to make tortellini!

After all the pasta was made, we set the table as the chef put the finishing touches on our meal. Then bread was cut, wine was poured, and parmesan was grated…buon appetite!

Spinach and ricotta ravioli in a butter sage sauce

Linguine with roasted red pepper sauce

Angel hair with pomodoro sauce and basil

The best Italian tiramisu I’ve tasted yet!

The dinner was delicious and I felt right at home being back in the kitchen. Maybe I’ll do another class in the future and learn to make different delicious Italian dishes.


  1. Ok, I don't know how I can be any more jealous.
    I fully expect you to teach me what you've learned.

    1. Deal!...if you thought this was cool you should see my cooking classes at school!