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Pizza and Pasta

Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine, with a day of fresh, handmade pasta and pizza at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Our Pizza and Pasta course is a celebration of Italy’s most beloved carbohydrates. This Italian cookery course is a brilliant day of learning, exploring and eating, set against the quintessentially British backdrop of River Cottage HQ.

Using homegrown and locally-sourced ingredients, you’ll learn how to make fresh pasta, wood-fired pizza and delicious sauces from scratch. You’ll start with great pizza dough and a selection of organic toppings to make your lunch, then move on to craft fresh pappardelle and ravioli, gorgeous sauces and pesto. And of course, you’ll finish the day with a hard-earned feast.

Your day

10:00 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, enabling you to really soak up the views of the valley.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your hosts and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Practical session one

    First you’ll learn how to make pasta dough from scratch, which will rest until you need it later.

  • Practical session two

    You will start the pizza process by making the dough, using stoneground organic flour.

  • Practical session three

    Next you’ll prepare your choice of organic ingredients from River Cottage and our local growers, ready to top your pizza.

  • Practical session four

    Time to roll out your dough, then make your pizza. Then cook it in one of our wood-fired ovens for your lunch.

  • Practical session five

    Once you’ve eaten your handiwork, it’ll be time to roll out some of your pasta into pappardelle ribbons and hang it up to dry.

  • Practical session six

    You’ll roll out more pasta to create ravioli, stuffed with a selection of different fillings.

  • Practical session seven

    You’ll take your fresh pappardelle and turn it into a traditional pasta carbonara for your starter.

  • Practical session eight

    Then it will be time to poach your ravioli, and finish off the dish with homemade pesto.

  • Supper

    After all your hard work, you’ll sit down to enjoy your handmade Italian feast.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before heading back up the hill to our car park at 5pm.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Sorry, we’re afraid this course is not suitable for those who follow a gluten free diet.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018