Fresh and succulent bow tie pasta (also known as butterfly pasta or
in Italian) is a great food to base a kids’ cooking party around.
That’s because the process of making it features all the things
little chefs love: they can mix fluids and solids with their hands,
then they get to mold and flatten a Playdough-like putty substance.
And after all that, the wonderful end result? Food they can pretend
to wear! This making homemade pasta party can be combined or used as
a creative Italian
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Items Needed For Making Homemade Pasta Party
Plain/all-purpose flour (250g/9oz per pair of children)
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Resources Required For Making Homemade Pasta Party
For the process of making the pasta dough, we recommend dividing
your kids into pairs. Each pair will make (or try to make!) their
own 2-person serving of pasta dough.
Each pair will need:
Access to the ingredients and pizza cutter above
Their own rolling pin
A pastry mat or clean area of work surface
Recommended: we strongly suggest you practice making
fresh pasta once or twice before hosting your making
homemade pasta party. That way you can better advise the little ones
if and when they make mistakes.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 Tablespoon water Once you have tried it yourself, and you have
your ingredients, work spaces and tools in hand. Here’s what to do:
Step 1 – Make The Fresh Pasta
Get each pair of kids to mold their flour into a bowl shape on
the surface, complete with a flour base. Tip - the bowl should
be big enough to crack 2 eggs into, so you may need to help them
expand their bowls (push out the sides with a flattened fork).
Now they should now crack the 2 eggs into their bowl.
Cover each egg yolk with a light sprinkling of salt.
Now they should mix these eggs with a flattened fork, being
careful not to break the walls. Ideally, one kid can mix while
the other sprinkles a little excess flour from the bowl walls
into the center to thick it up. When the middle mixture is
slightly thicker and a smooth orange consistency, that step is
Using the sides of their hands, have your chefs remove excess
flour from the walls of their bowl. The aim is a wall thickness
of 1cm or half-inch thickness (this helps over-flouring the
dough, making it hard and unworkable). They can keep the excess
flour to the side for later.
Now the icky bit. Have them push the flour walls into the
liquid center and then use their fingers to start mixing it all
together. They can sprinkle on a little extra flour as required.
When it starts to form a dough that they can press down upon
without it sticking to their hands, have them create a dough
ball and then flatten this with their palms.
Now they should fold the dough in half, turn it 90-degrees
(left or right), flatten again and repeat.
Tip: They need to put some effort into flattening the
dough here (we are effectively trapping little balls of air
inside it, which aids its flexibility), so little guys might
enjoy this bit.
Allow 5 minutes of this folding and flattening. When you can cut
through a dough ball and see tiny little air bubbles, the dough
is ready. Lightly flour each dough ball and leave for 5 minutes
to rest. (A good time for them to wash their hands).
Step 2 – Flatten It
Of course that dough ball needs to be flat before we can finishing
our making homemade pasta party! Have each couple sprinkle
their work surface with flour, then flatten their dough ball once
more with their hands. Now we are ready to roll! Give each pair a
rolling pin and help them roll their dough flat. It helps to keep
turning the dough, and occasionally flipping it over.
Don’t forget to sprinkle a little more flour if the dough starts to
stick. Allow 10 minutes of this flattening fun before the dough
stops contracting back to its original size. (If you can create a
song about “Stretching, stretching...” that would certainly fit
(Recommendation: if you happen to have a pasta making machine
such as an Imperia or Atlas pasta maker, this can really take the
strain out of this flattening. You just roll for a minute or so
until the dough is thin enough to fit through the rollers. Then let
the machine take the strain!)
You are aiming for a dough thickness depth of just 1-2mm. When your
chefs have got roughly this flatness, they have their fresh pasta
dough. Round of applause!
Step 3 – Forming The Bow Tie Pasta Shapes
Now the creative part… which little girls especially will
With the dough rolled out thin, have each pair of chefs use a
pizza cutter or normal knife to cut it into 1½-inch-high
Then help them work from side to side, chopping the dough
vertically to form 2-inch wide rectangle shapes.
How do they make each bow tie or butterfly? Remove a rectangle
per pair of kids from the main sheet and have one of your chefs
place their index finger in the center. Then they should use the
thumb and second finger to pull the top and bottom edges
together. Finally, remove the index finger at the last second
and squish these edges together (they should stick together
quite naturally). This farfalle
pasta video should help.
Hey presto! A little bow tie (for the boys) or butterfly (for the
girls)! Repeat this process until all the shapes are made.
Step 4– Sauce & Cook To Serve
To finish your making homemade pasta party, prep your pasta
sauce recipes. Your sauce should be served hot, so you
may want to make this yourself.
Alternatively however, you could just cook up your bow tie pasta
shapes and mix these into a nutritious salad .
To cook the fresh pasta
Drop pasta in a large full pan of well-salted boiling water.
Fresh pasta takes just 2-3 minutes to cook (rule of thumb: after it
rises to the surface, give it just a minute more). Then drain and
mix with salad or cover in sauce. Serve and enjoy (just be prepared
to clean up a little after the bow ties have been worn and the