The market and three super quick pasta dishes

chilli and cocoa tagliatelle carbonara

I can’t believe I am already on the fifth month of having the market stall! Time has gone so fast, I haven’t had a Saturday off and I feel I am sort of getting the hang of this.


Ever since I decided to do the market stall I have been met with amazing support. A friend even gave me his gazebo. It was one of those you would usually erect once a year for a garden party, sadly not a great one to cope with the winds at a market. I felt terrible when one day it sounded something like “ping ping ping ping” and it fell apart. I have to have a gazebo so it was time to take a deep breath and buy a professional one. I think my friend had expected this and wasn’t upset at all, phew! The new gazebo barely moves in the wind, and it is always windy at the market, and I feel quite sheltered under it, watching the world go by, being social and selling my goods.


Market Stall


I love people watching and here almost everyone has a dog, so I guess it is dog watching as well from my stall. Some owners really do look like their dogs. There is a small number of Swedes living here and I feel as if they have started to appear on a more regular basis, shouting “Hej!”, stopping for a chat in Swedish, sometimes picking up a hot sauce or pasta.

There are tasters of the hot sauce and I love to watch people sample it. Especially those who just looove hot and proclaim they really can take it. Most of them don’t make it past the medium hot sauce, there is no need to steer them towards the very hot, hot sauce but it is fun to watch.

A gentleman came past and he used to measure chilli heat on the scoville scale. We had a very interesting conversation and apparently my very hot, hot sauce was bang on the scale in terms of expected heat.


I am getting a routine for the market and usually Wednesday is pre planning and shopping day for anything that will not go off.

On Thursdays I start preparing as well as making Carta di Musica, the flatbreads. They are gaining in popularity but take quite a long time to make. Original Carta Di Musica are plain but after some testing and experimenting I prefer them seeded and I also add a little cheese for flavor. They are great on their own, with cheese or just some butter.


Seeded Carta di Musica


I can also prepare some of the pasta flavorings, I make different pasta every week and here is an example. Depending on what goes in the pasta it needs to be pureed, toasted or ground and each week I am so grateful for my wet and dry spice grinder.


Pasta flavorings


I make the pasta, the tomato sauce and savory sprinkles on the Friday to make sure it is as fresh as possible. The pasta is so fresh it cooks in a minute. I am sharing some ideas below that enables you to cook, and serve dinner in five minutes. I am not joking, you will have a complete, home cooked meal much faster than any take away. Each of the recipes works with any pasta of your preference.

The fresh pasta cooks in three simple steps

  • separate the pasta strands gently with your fingers
  • shake off any excess semolina
  • place in a large pan with salted, boiling water for 1-1Β½ minute (or the amount started on the packet)


The easiest way is to add lots of grated cheese, in this case grated Parmesan cheese on wild rocket spaghetti. Just tuck in and enjoy.


Grated Parmesan cheese and wild rocket spaghetti


Beetroot pasta looks great and tastes great with cooked sliced beetroot. I did a beetroot and chilli tagliatelle.


beetroot and chilli tagliatelle


I had a cooked beetroot in the fridge and added it to the cooked pasta with seeded Parmesan.


Beetroot and chilli pasta dish


For the last pasta I used crispy chorizo sprinkles in a carbonara style dish. I had a cocoa and chilli tagliatelle, one of my favorites and I did a carbonara style dish.


Cocoa and chilli Tagliatelle


I cooked the pasta and placed a small knob of butter in the bottom of a pasta plate. I placed the cooked pasta on top with a little of the cooking water, mixed everything and then sprinkled over the chorizo and added an egg yolk.


chilli and cocoa tagliatelle carbonara


Mix everything and tuck in.

Fresh pasta might be the ultimate fast food








8 Responses to “The market and three super quick pasta dishes”
  1. I love your pasta creations! Especially the one with cacao and chilli sounds very interesting! I’ll have to try it πŸ˜‰
    Thank you for this inspiration!
    – Emmi

    • petra08 says:

      hi Emmi
      The cacao and chilli is great! The cacao gives a deep flavor and it really doesn’t need much else to go with it, it is a meal in itself πŸ™‚ Perfect for a lazy day cooking! Glad I could inspire πŸ™‚

  2. Julie says:

    I’d love to come visit your market! I am sure it is so much work but everything you make is amazing!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Julie
      Oh it would be so lovely to see you at the market but I might overwhelm you with questions about your delicious baking! πŸ™‚ In exchange for some pasta of course!
      Have a great week πŸ™‚

  3. Wow Petra I’m so impressed that you have a market stall. 😊

    • petra08 says:

      hi Laura
      That is why I was so late to Fiesta Friday, that and running around like crazy but I love FF and no week is the same without it!
      The market stall is so much fun and I always feel so lucky not sitting in front of a laptop all day, at least for now, you never know! πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations Petra! How exciting to have a market stall! Next you should attend one of those trade shows and see if some company would like to market/order your products in mass quantities. A business is born πŸ‘ Wouldn’t that be a dream come true? Well maybe not your dream, maybe it’s mine, but I dream it for you, lol πŸ˜‚

    • petra08 says:

      hi Angie
      You do make me smile!
      I love my market stall. My hot sauce is slowly gaining fans (I don’t live in a big town to the market is limited). At the moment I am happy on this scale but I would absolutely love to upscale somehow in the future!
      Every week when I am making the pasta I think how much nicer it is than spending all my time attached to a constantly ringing mobile and emails coming in faster than I can respond to them! πŸ™‚ x

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