An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
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Take a trip to Umbria, Italy and taste the dishes that Nonna's are known for.

In this cooking class you will learn to make three dishes with Melissa as she regales you with stories of her Nonna, her aunties and her Italian life in general.  Melissa is passionate, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humour! 

  • Fully Interactive
  • An In My Kitchen moderator will join your Host online to ensure you have a smooth experience.
  • Ask as many questions as you like!

    Ricotta Gnocchi al sugo di pomodoro (simple tomato sauce)
    Ricotta Gnocchi is a specialty of Melissa's. Although potato gnocchi is typical of Umbria, this recipe (made with no potatoes) is one of Melissa's favourites and is easy to pull together with few ingredients.

    Pollo in porchetta
    Roasted chicken marinated in an Umbrian style 'battuto' (marinade) of pancetta, sage, parsley and rosemary.

    Fennel Salad
    A simple a tasty salad that is very versatile and great for digestion.

    Recipes: Emailed the day before your cooking class.

    Technology: Connect to your host on zoom using your computer, tablet or mobile device. Your zoom link will be sent to you the day before your cooking class.

    Class Involvement: We love to hear from you, so please chime in with questions. Public classes have 4-20 participants, to ensure everyone is able to ask questions. Private cooking events can have up to 497

    Classes require a minimum of 4 connections to be held.

    Event Duration: 1.5 hours

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Ingredient List
    Serves 4

    Ricotta Gnocchi al sugo di pomodoro
    The Sauce:
    1 jar tomato passata – see ingredient notes below
    1 onion
    1 garlic clove
    Extra-virgin olive oil

    The Gnocchi:
    1 cup ricotta (250 grams)
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (50 grams)
    2-3 pinches salt
    2 dashes pepper
    1 cup all purpose flour (125 grams)
    Pinch of grated nutmeg (optional)
    Freshly grated parmesan – see ingredient note below

    If you would like leftover gnocchi, please double the gnocchi recipe, it is also very easy to freeze. You do not need to double the sauce recipe.

    The Pollo in Porchetta
    One free range chicken cut into 8-10 pieces or chicken thighs (bone in, skin on). You can adjust the amount of chicken depending on the number of servings.
    100 g of pancetta (or the fat from a few slices of prosciutto)
    A small bunch of mixed fresh green herbs (a combination of sage leaves, Italian parsley, rosemary, fennel fronds)
    2 cloves of garlic
    200 mL white wine
    Salt and Pepper
    Olive oil
    Potatoes (optional, but really good)

    Fennel Salad
    Bulb of fennel from your fennel fronds
    Lemon juice, or red wine vinegar
    Olive Oil

    Kitchen Equipment
    Sieve (to drain any liquid out of the ricotta)
    Clean dry surface to make gnocchi (wooden surface is best)
    Slotted spoon
    Pot or sauté pan for making sauce
    Large pot
    Roasting, baking tray or casserole dish for cooking chicken

    What to prep in advance:
    Place ricotta in sieve for 15 minutes to allow any liquid to drain out.

    Wash, dry and trim your herbs

    Have your ingredients measured out and ready to go.

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    Please note we do not offer refunds, but we do provide a full credit if you need to cancel.

    If you cancel two weeks before your cooking class you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another cooking class. After that, for in-person classes you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). For online cooking classes you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else. In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, guests will receive a full refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.


    This online cooking class was so much fun! I couldn’t believe how simple the recipes were to execute and the results were absolutely delicious! I will be joining again for the next one.

    FRANCINE F, Nanaimo B.C

    How It Works

    Join on Zoom

    Sign up for your cooking class, price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event. A day before your experience you will receive your zoom and recipe link.

    Cooking Instructions

    All online cooking classes include interactive cooking instruction and all of the recipes. After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list and equipment list. Also available when you sign up.


    Online Cooking Classes are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.

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