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The videos you'll find in this section of the web site provide step by step instructions on how to make something...homemade pasta dough, fresh fettuccini, lasagna, etc. If you are a visual learning like me, you know that watching someone do something - rather than reading how it's done - is a much better way to learn. For kinetic learners - those that learn best by doing - just run the video, pausing it long enough to execute the step before moving to the next one. And finally, for those who prefer to read the instructions, I have included a written summary page summary for you to consult. Happy cooking!

How to make videoAs you can see in the How to Make Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce page (shown here) these professionally-produced online video demonstrations are presented in a nice, large format that you can control. Just like a DVD player, you can stop, rewind, advance or mute the presentation. You can even make it full screen if you want. A printable recipe can usually be found below the video. Save it to your recipe by via ZipList or print out a hard copy for your files. I add new content all the time so be sure and check back for the latest how to make...videos.

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How to Make Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce
This comprehensive video, from Cooking with Sugar (her name, not the ingredient!), takes you step by step through the process of making lasagna using a homemade Bolognese sauce. While the lengthy process may be daunting at first, maybe even a bit intimidating, Sugar breaks it down into straight forward, manageable tasks. The final result is definitely worth the extra effort! My recommendation is to make enough for two pans of lasagna and freeze the second pan for another time. The time you save in simply reheating the second meal evens out the time and effort of the first. Rich, delicious and a real crowd favorite, lasagna with Bolognese sauce is worth mastering! If the lasagna is too time consuming, try my recipe for Fettuccini with Bolognese sauce instead!

How to Master Spaghetti alla Carbonara
This video by celebrity chef Anne Burrell of the Food Network, demonstrates what I consider to be an authentic Italian spaghetti alla carbonara. The dish comes from the latium region in Italy, more specifically to Rome. Pasta alla carbonara means "pasta made in the style of the carbonari, or charcoal (carbon) workers' style." It is essentially a quick-to-make peasant dish that is made from cheap, available ingredients. While there are many variations of this dish, the essential ingredients are simple: bacon, pancetta, or guanciale (pork jowls), eggs (the yolks, whole eggs or a combination of the two), Pecorino Romano (a gamey, sheep's milk cheese similar to Parmegiano Reggiano) and lots of fresh ground black pepper. This is an excellent late night supper or quick lunch. It might just be the perfect comfort food.

How to Make Fresh Fettuccini Using a Machine
This is a great video from America's Test Kitchen for making fresh fettuccini using a food processor and a hand-crank pasta machine. It is a very comprehensive, easy-to-follow video and includes helpful tips and good technique pointers to help you adjust your dough, keep the dough from drying out, and prevent it from sticking...all essential keys to mastering the art of fresh pasta. Enjoy!

How to Make Giada's Fresh Pasta Dough
This is a brief video from Food Network star Giada Di Laurentiis that demonstrates how to make a moist, tender fresh pasta dough using a food processor, hand kneading and an electric pasta machine. I have added some tips and techniques to fill in some gaps. Enjoy!

How to make Filled Pasta
This video by DeLallo, producers of fine olive oil and Italian pasta products,  is part how-to video and part travel video. We go behind the scenes in the historic pasta shop in Bologna, Italy, Bruno e Franco, to see how these filled pasta delicacies are created. It starts with the traditional handmade pasta dough made in a flour well with fresh eggs, and moves on to rolling the pasta by hand and then hand assembling the individual pasta pieces. This is a time honored - and time consuming - traditional method that is still used every day to produce these exquisite Italian culinary treats.

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