• Host a Virtually Perfect Italian Night: Gennaro & Barilla

Cook along with Gennaro on Friday night!

and enjoy a virtually perfect Italian dinner with your loved ones

Cook a delicious, authentic and simply Italian dish with Gennaro live this Friday night. He will give you a thirty-minute online cooking class on how to prepare, cook and serve a delicious dish of fusilli pasta with pancetta, mint, peas and onions, finished with lemon juice and parmesan, leaving you to enjoy your virtually perfect meal with your loved ones, virtually!

Note:This event has now passed, but you can still watch Gennaro’s online class on Facebook.

Il Locdowno - Barilla Together


What: Live online Italian cooking class

With: Gennaro Contaldo

Where: Zoom

When: Friday May 29 2020 18.30 UTC+1 (British summertime)

Cost: Free (ingredients, below, not included).


(serves 4)

400g Barilla Fusilli
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and extra for drizzling
50g pancetta, diced
1 medium-sized onion, finely sliced
300g frozen peas
small handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
20g grated parmesan & extra for sprinkling
salt & pepper
squeeze of lemon juice


  • Bring a large saucepan of salty water to the boil and cook the fusilli until “al dente.” Check your packet for cooking times.
  • Meanwhile, heat extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan, add pancetta and onion and sweat for about 3 minutes until the onion has softened and pancetta is golden. Stir in the peas, season with a little salt and black pepper and gently cook for a couple of minutes until the peas are cooked.
  • Drain the fusilli, add to the sauce with a little of the pasta water and cook on a high heat, mixing well, for a minute or so until the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat, stir in grated parmesan, a squeeze of lemon and mint leaves.
  • Serve immediately with an extra sprinkling of grated parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

© Gennaro Contaldo