Author International Hotel School   |  April 20, 2017

Fresh Pasta with Pesto

Being a Chef School in Gauteng, our campus has a number of Open days throughout the year, where prospective students and parents are welcome to come along and get a taste of the IHS experience. It is here where our IHS Culinary students make wonderful culinary treats for all the attendees and they are extremely fortunate to get to work with a great South African Brand,  Mediterranean Delicacies. The market leader in the production of dips and specialized products in South Africa. Mediterranean Delicacies offers an exclusive and extensive range of authentic Mediterranean-style food products. Their range includes dips & pates, olives & olive oil, pickles, meze products, pesto’s, cheeses and fresh pastries as well as value added seafood products. Their market includes retail stores, foodservice & hospitality clients throughout South Africa. We are so proud of our students creations this Open day,  take a look at their Fresh Pasta recipe.

Fresh Pasta

Yield: Approx. 700g


  • 450g Bread Flour
  • 5 Eggs
  • 5ml Olive Oil
  • 10ml Tomato Paste
  • Pinch of Salt


  • Mound the flour on a work surface and create a well in the centre
  • Add the eggs, oil and salt
  • Working from the centre outward, gently mix the flour onto the eggs to make a dough
  • When the dough is firm enough to knead, begin kneading the dough. Incorporate more flour if the dough is too sticky. Knead well for at least 15 minutes
  • Cover the dough and allow to rest for 30 minutes
  • Cut the dough into 4/5 portions. Using a pasta machine, pass the dough through the machine. Continue passing through the machine until the dough is thin and smooth. If rolling the pasta by hand, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Use your body weight to apply as much pressure as possible to the rolling pin to result in a thinner pasta layer.
  • Cut and shape the dough as desired by hand or by machine


For this demo we made use of Mediterranean Delicacies Basil Pesto.

Please refer to the below website for their complete catalogue.