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THE DATE IS SET: FRIDAY 29TH MAY

Hats off to the host. You're the one who makes things happen. Follow these simple steps to make sure you and your guests are ready for the big night.

1. INVITE YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE

Choose one of your fun Italian themes, each with a cheeky lockdown twist.

2. SET UP YOUR DINING VIDEO/VOICE CALL FOR 7.30PM

Whether you prefer Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Zoom or Houseparty, pick a platform, set up a group or meeting and share it with your guests. It means you can all dine together after the cook-along.

3. GET YOUR INGREDIENTS

Top Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo will take you through his recipe step-by-step in our live cook-along. But first, you need these basic ingredients.

INGREDIENTS
(to serve four)
• 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, and extra for sprinkling
• salt and pepper
• squeeze of lemon juice

4. SET UP YOUR NIGHT

Pick a playlist. Download one of our themed video chat backgrounds (these only work on Zoom). Slip into your finest Italian couture. Or just pop some prosecco.

ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

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5. WATCH THE LIVE COOK-ALONG AT 6.30PM

Gennaro Contaldo is going to show you how to cook your Italian the authentic way, live on Facebook. Michela Chiappa will be on hand to put your questions to Gennaro as he cooks. Remind your guests to join in too.

6. DIAL IN TO YOUR PARTY AT 7.30PM

Once you’ve finished cooking with Gennaro, start your call ready to share your meal. Be the perfect host and dial in a few minutes early so you can welcome your guests.

7. SALUTE!

Sit down. Prop up your device. Raise a glass. And enjoy your virtually perfect Italian night with your guests. No doubt the conversation will flow. But here’s some fun and games if you want them.

Enter our Facebook competition to win a one-on-one online cooking experience with Gennaro Contaldo or one of five Italian hampers worth £50. UK, 18+. Entries open from 7:00pm on 29.05.2020 until 9:00pm on 12.06.2020. Post a comment on Barilla’s video of 29.05.2020 featuring Gennaro Contaldo including both the hashtag #barillatogether and a photo/screen shot of you getting together online with friends or family for a virtually perfect Italian night for a chance to win. Maximum of one entry per person and one win per household. See terms for full details.

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