An Umbrian Feast

An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast
An Umbrian Feast

An Umbrian Feast

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Class Level:  All Levels

What you will learn:

  •  Some Nonna hacks that save time and money
  • Tips for gnocchi making 
  • Tips for making a simple tomato sauce delicious
  • About the Umbrian lifestyle and culture

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
  • Paula Mohammed (Founder/CEO of IMK) will join your Host online to ensure you have a smooth experience.
  • Ask as many questions as you like!

About Melissa

When you meet Melissa you will feel like you are in Umbria, cooking in Melissa’s family kitchen as she regales you with stories of her Nonna.    Melissa's sense of humour and energy are contagious and you will leave your culinary adventure feeling content and inspired to share these recipes with your family and friends. 

Learn More About Melissa

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 upon registration

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.


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.


How It Works

Sign Up

Sign up for your cooking class. On-line: price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event.

All in-person classes are suitable for families. Max 6 spots, book all 6 and have your own private event.

Cooking Instructions

All cooking classes include tested recipes.

On-line: After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list, equipment list and zoom info.

In-Person: After registration you will receive the recipes and the address for your Host's home. 


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

In-Person Cooking Classes are 3 hours long about 1.5-2 hours in the kitchen 1-1.5 hours sitting down and sharing the meal together.