The spot that only serves the best home-made Pasta in London – Padella

 

Padella is one of my favourite places in London that I religiously visit every time I visit this beautiful city. Its a small restaurant in Borough market that’s always buzzing with people creating the most energetic atmosphere.

Inside this rather small but beautiful restaurant you’ll immediately feel cosy and welcome. The passionate chefs are cooking away behind the bar creating the most delicious plates of home-made pasta. These plates of pasta are served just like la nonna would serve them to you – a good portion, full of deep flavours and extremely comforting. After all a plate of pasta is supposed to comfort you, tell you everything is okay and make you feel so good that by the time you put your fork down you’ll be skipping through the rain with a smile.

When visiting Padella most of the time you’ll find a queue going around the corner. But don’t be afraid to get your spot at the end of the line, as their service is so quick you wont even queue for very long. And nevertheless, once you’re inside digging into your plate of pasta you’ll quickly realise that it’s definitely worth queueing for.

 

What to have

 

I definitely recommend to order a few different plates so you can share with your pasta date and this way you can try as many of all the delicious flavours as you can!

As a starter I recommend trying their amazing sourdough bread by dipping it in their Fiorano olive oil. It’s so simple but yet so amazing. I believe in Italian food thats what really makes a dish, simplicity and high quality is what makes flavours stand out.

Other plates to share are the fresh Radicchio, oak leaf and rocket salad as well as the Bruschetta with cannellini beans and salsa rossa. They are both amazing starters preparing you for more deep flavours to come.

Now we get to the main of your feast. I cant help myself but order way too many plates which I somehow manage to lick clean as even the last bite is as magical as the first. My two absolute favourite pasta’s are both the tagliarini with dry chilli, garlic and pangratatto(£5) and of course the classic tagliarini with slow cooked tomato sauce(£6.5) – which is an absolute must try. The flavour of the tomato sauce is so deep and extremely rich. It’s incredible how a tomato sauce can have so much flavour that even though every bite is the same, you will never ever get bored of the flavours.

 

 

I am honestly in love with this place and if I could I would come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s also amazing is the fact that every plate is extremely affordable. Just like in Italy a plate of pasta is the most basic but delicious and comforting meal that should be affordable to anyone. And unlike normal restaurants in London at Padella you will get multiple plates creating an absolute pasta feast for under £20. Plus this really is the most authentic and best pasta you will get in London – so its a win win! I mean..its a pasta dream right?

 

Where to go

 

You’ll find this piece of pasta heaven located in Borough Market and their address is 6 Southwark St in London. 

They are open from Monday to Saturday at 12–3:45pm and 5–10pm. And on Sunday from 12–3:45pm and 5–9pm. You can’t make any bookings, however I suggest you to try visit just before or after the typical lunch or dinner time as it gets very busy. Nevertheless, if you do have to stand in line it won’t be for too long and it will definitely be worth it! Buon appetito!

 

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Pasta Rosa (Pink pasta)

When you thought pasta couldn’t be any more dreamy – let me introduce you to Pasta Rosa! I absolutely love making this pasta as it’s healthy, delicious and it’s the perfect way to impress any pasta lover! It’s extremely easy to make too, all you need is a pan to boil your pasta and a blender for the sauce – which means you’ve got this impressive dish whipped up in no time! I sometimes like to make a little extra sauce to then keep in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s great the next day for a different type of pasta (like penne) or even as a dip or spread.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beetroots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Splash of red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • 80 grams spaghetti

 

Method

  1.  Peel and cut the onion, beetroot, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. Once everything is chopped place the onion, beetroot, garlic and tomatoes in a food processor. Then add a splash of red wine vinegar, pinch of oregano, a splash of olive oil and season with some salt and pepper, now blend until smooth.
  3.  When your sauce is done boil some water with salt for your spaghetti and prepare as instructed on the package.
  4. Once your spaghetti is done and drained place the spaghetti back into the pan and add your pink sauce – mix well.
  5. Grab a hand full of fresh basil and cut them into long strips (julienne).
  6. Place your Pink Pasta on a plate and finish off by sprinkling over the fresh basil, a little splash of olive oil and a little more salt and pepper if it needs it!

 

Buon appetito!

 

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The Best Pasta Pomodoro – an original recipe from Italy

 

This is my all-time favourite meal. I have spend a lot of time in Italy and I will always be hypnotised by the Italian food thats so full of love and passion. Put a plate of pasta in front of me and I will be quiet. All my attention goes to putting my fork in the pasta, twisting it around and pulling it up slightly, watching the sauce drip off. The sound and the smell are so hypnotising, I close my eyes even before bringing the fork to my mouth. The first bite is an explosion of flavours and every single bite that follows is just as magical. Everything about eating a plate of pasta is a ritual, it’s dreamy.

I have learned this recipe from my Italian boyfriends mother who is a true Italian women. She has always made the best Pasta Pomodoro, that is in fact so good that I always lick my plate clean. I am in love with this recipe and I am so excited to now be sharing it with you guys!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 stem of celery
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 250 grams sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 160 grams of dried wholewheat mafaldine pasta (or spaghetti)

 

Method

 

  1. Finely slice the carrot, celery, onion and garlic into small even cubes.
  2. Heat up a saucepan on a medium heat and add the olive oil.
  3. Add your carrot, celery, onion and garlic into the saucepan and bake until everything is soft and lightly golden. Season lightly with some salt and pepper.
  4. Then add a spoonful of tomato paste and stir.
  5. Add the fresh tomatoes and season again with some salt and pepper. Continue cooking this for about 15 min and make sure to stir occasionally.
  6. Pick and chop the basil leaves julienne style (long thin lines).
  7. Add the basil to your sauce and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer.
  8. While you wait for your sauce to thicken up boil some water in a separate pan and add a pinch of salt.
  9. Add your mafaldine pasta (or spaghetti) and cook according to the package. It’s best to cook the pasta al dente.
  10. Once your pasta is done and drained add it to your sauce and stir until all the pasta is covered in sauce.
  11. When serving the pasta sprinkle some more chopped basil on top as a finishing touch!
  12. Then the most exciting part, get ready to get stuck in! Buon appetito!

 

 

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The taste of home – Vegan pizza and spaghetti at La Baracca

 

 

When I was living in Bali of course I loved living in a tropical paradise with my feet in the sand. However, I did have a few moments where I missed home as well as those moments of cuddling up on the couch with a comforting plate of pasta and a movie. It was on those moments where I decided to go to La Baracca and treat myself with some delicious comfort food and a glass of wine! And I immediately felt at home again.

When walking into La Baracca you see a sign hanging above the door saying ‘Home away from home’. And that is exactly what this is – a homely restaurant with delicious comfort food with an amazing atmosphere and warming people.

 

 

 

At La Baracca they serve the most amazing home-made classic Italian meals like pasta Pomodoro and home-made ravioli. However, other than classics they also serve Italian meals with a twist. Not all Italians might be impressed with classics being twisted with, however, even a classic Italian is guaranteed to clean their plate! Also, a special message to all fellow vegans because this menu is extremely vegan friendly! There is a large selection of meals that already are or can be made vegan. Just like one of my favourites, vegan pizza! Yep, excitement is an understatement!

 

 

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What I love

I am in love with everything on the menu. Every single meal is vibrant and a combination of delicious flavours. Two of my absolute favourite pasta’s are the home-made ‘Pasta Pomodoro’ and ‘Pasta all olio e gingero‘. You can taste that the ‘Pasta Pomodoro’ is made fresh as the pasta sticks together and has an amazing flavour of itself. The tomato sauce is a bomb of flavour as its a thick, chunky and raw. Fresh basil is sprinkled on top and you’ve got yourself a plate made in heaven.

‘Pasta all olio e gingero’ might sound a bit strange at first as ginger in pasta seems a bit unusual. But actually its a recipe that has been cooked in Italy for quite some time. It’s just that not all of us have tasted this amazing pasta yet! It’s so simple but yet so delicious. I find that lots of simple Italian recipes are often the best. When cooking a classic simple Italian pasta such as pasta Pomodoro which includes just a few ingredients (tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, carrot, celery and basil) you will have to use the best quality ingredients to make the pasta good, and oh my if the ingredients are fresh then you are in for a treat!

 

 

 

 

Fancy more of a pizza? Then try the vegan pizza with home-made vegan cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil. Its definitely the best vegan pizza I tried in Canggu. The base is crunchy and thin, the tomatoes fresh and flavoursome and even the vegan cheese surprised me! It really does replicate dairy cheese and has a really tasty flavour to it. When drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with fresh basil it doesn’t only look pretty it also tasted amazing.

 

 

 

 

When you finish your dinner and you think that you can’t get any more satisfied  – then its time for their complimentary home-made limoncello to help you digest all the delicious food you just ate. It might burn a little but oh my does it taste amazing!

La Baracca is one of my favourite restaurants in Canggu and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with its atmosphere, delicious food and the loving people, just like I did!

Buon appetito❤️

 

Where to go

La Baracca is open everyday from 11.00am – 23.30pm and the address is Jl Tanah barak in Canggu, Bali.

 

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