Do you love Italian food, or have someone on your holiday shopping list who does? Our Pasta Lovers Gift Guide is the easiest way to put together an amazing gift for that special someone (or stock your own pantry!). Mix and match from each of the categories below for the ultimate Italian gift box, or wrap up individual items as stocking stuffers.
Start with this book as the foundation for your gift package. It’s full of simple, authentic Italian pasta sauce recipes, and the best thing about it is that it teaches you how to match the shape of the pasta to the sauce.
If you have not tried any of the pastas we’ve curated below, you’re missing out! You won’t believe the difference in taste and texture between these brands and what you can find at s typical grocery store. They are more expensive, but remember, an Italian serving of pasta is 100 grams (dried) per person, so you should not be dumping an entire box in a pot of boiling water for dinner for two (or even four).
Dried pasta is perfect for weeknights, but for an extra special dinner (and relaxing hobby), try making your own pasta. It’s easier than you think and it’s also a fun activity for a date night. Our favorite home machine is a Kitchen Aid mixer with the pasta roller attachments. In our opinion, their attachments are easy to use (they also make the best spirializer for vegetables), otherwise, standalone machines come in all different styles and price points, from simple hand-crank models to fully-automatic professional grade mixers and extruders.
No matter how long you slave over the stove, your sauce is not going to be any better than the tomatoes you start with, so make a point to buy high-quality tomatoes that taste good out of the jar or can (see our tasting experiment). For a simple, all-purpose tomato sauce that everyone loves, try this recipe. See some of our other favorite pasta recipes below.