Today, I learnt how to play the "guitar" and it was fun! A chitarra is not just a musical instrument. In Italy... land of inventions, creativity, exceedingly beautiful people and art, an implement was invented, possibly a long time ago, using a wooden frame, strings and some screws. This kind of chitarra you do not play... you make pasta with it! Spaghetti alla chitarra.
My chitarra sat in a corner for such a long time, until, today, feeling really brave, I decided to use it for the first time ever! I am not a pasta maker, or a guitar player. Pasta making women went out with my mum's generation, but every now and then I will have a go.
I'm glad I did, today, as my spaghetti is really delicious and I used it to make a truly creative dish with a twist on the traditional "Pasta e Fagioli" recipe, by adding mussels or, a slightly different version, prawns.
My basic pasta recipe