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Making Pasta with 'Top Chef' Nikki Cascone

Bravo star works her magic at The Meat House in Roslyn.

Sure it’s easy to buy pre-packaged pasta off the grocery store shelf. But when it comes to pasta made from scratch, nothing tastes fresher. Still, it’s a process – some may it call a labor of love.

Former Bravo "Top Chef" Nikki Cascone, of Huntington, was at The Meat House in Roslyn Saturday, March 2, teaching home-chefs what goes into making pasta. When all was said and done, Cascone, who appeared on Bravo in Season 4, topped the pasta with a sauce made of sausage, tomatoes and other ingredients she picked up at The Meat House.

Here are the ingredients for Cascone’s homemade pasta: 3-1/4 cups flour, 4 eggs, and a pinch salt. Next comes the magic, which includes mixing, kneading and rolling the dough before putting it through a pasta-cutting machine, all the while making sure the dough does not feel wet. Students also learned how to cut the pasta into various shapes, including fettuccine and ravioli. 

Cascone's class was part of The Meat House's one-year anniversary celebration in Roslyn. The festivities also included a February visit by former NY Mets, Mookie Wilson, who cooked up his signature chicken dish. 

R Miller March 06, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Nice to see positive things in the news. I make fresh pasta from time to time. I will say nothing beats it. I recommend everyone trying it once
Anna Campbell March 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Many Thanks sent to The Meat House and staff, Chef Nikki, and the PR people. This was an excellent event. Personalities were so well matched for this presentation. Chef Nikki and the Meat House staff welcomed questions from the attendees and shared their vast knowledge. The cookery tips were very much enjoyed. The laughs made it so very personal... Best comment I can make is.... Chef Nikki and Meat House Chef and Staff removed the mystery and concern of making fresh pasta ....Many Many thanks.

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