Television presenter Kate Humble has given us a taste of farming life, like the simple pasta recipe she makes on Escape to the Farm 2020.
During episode 3, Kate showcases more of her life spent on a farm in Monmouthshire, and upon going back to the farmhouse, cooks up pasta.
Before this, her cows are seen getting ready to give birth, and in another scene, Kate makes a visit to the butchers to learn how to prepare meat.
So how do viewers make the pasta that Kate makes on Escape to the Farm? Here is the step-by-step recipe with an ingredients list!
Escape to the Farm pasta recipe: Ingredients
To make the Barba di frate as seen in episode 3 of Escape to the Farm, you will mainly just need staple household items. Kate uses chef Franco Taruschio’s recipe on the show.
The ingredients that you will need are: 2 finely diced small onions, 4 tbsp olive oil, zest of 1 lemon, pinch of mace, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 250g barba di frate washed and hard stalks removed, 300g fresh spaghetti/ trenette, and parmesan shavings.
If you would like, you can add 50g diced sun-dried tomatoes and/or 50g julienned strips of Parma ham.
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Pasta cooked by Kate Humble: Recipe
The steps to make the pasta are pretty simple. If you find barba di frate difficult to buy at this time of the year, spinach is a very good alternative, according to Kate’s official website.
If using spinach, Kate recommends only putting it in when the pasta is cooked just before draining, as it only needs blanching.
Step 1: Soften diced onion in olive oil in hot frying pan. When cooked remove from heat but keep warm.
Step 2: If using tomatoes and/or Parma ham, add to pan before taking off the heat and give a quick stir to mix all ingredients.
Step 3: Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add your pasta and give a good stir so it doesn’t stick together then immediately add the barba di frate. Do not cover because the barba di frate will turn black.
Step 4: Cook until al dente then drain well.
Step 5: Add your chopped onion mixture to the pasta, along with the lemon zest and mace and black pepper.
Step 6: Check the seasoning in case you need more salt. Barba di frate is slightly salty so you may not.
Step 7: Pour into warmed dishes and scatter over the parmesan shavings and eat immediately.
WATCH ESCAPE TO THE FARM WITH KATE HUMBLE EVERY TUESDAY AT 9 PM ON CHANNEL 5