Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pasta 101

My title may be a bit misleading. I'm not going to tell you how to make pasta. Because I just learned. But I am going to suggest that it's fantastically fun to make and then EAT your own homemade pasta. And I have listed the recipes and instructions we followed below.

Justin and I were given this beautiful pasta machine a couple years back. And there it sat in the cupboard for a couple of years. Sad, I know. But finally its day of glory had come. And indeed it was glorious.

Brittany and I spent about 5 hours on Sunday making pasta. Neither of us had made pasta before, and in those 5 hours we made semolina linguine, wheat linguine, semolina cavatelli, and spinach ravioli (and some wheat ones too). Not a bad use of 5 hours if you ask me. The finished products were delicious, and I must say, store-bought pasta just doesn't compare.

I am definitely on the homemade pasta wagon from here out. Sure it might take a couple of hours-- but with the small sacrifice of those hours our freezer could be FULL of delicious, beautiful pasta. Thanks Connie & Rob for our lovely machine. It's found a new full time job in our kitchen. Finally.

See the rest of the photos here.

You can follow these excellent tutorials/recipes to make your own. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

1) Cavatelli - I don't recall having cavatelli before, so I can't tell you how this recipe compares, but I thought this was great. I would probably make these a little thinner and smaller next time but no major complaints.

2) Linguine - We used the recipe on the package of Bob's Red Mill Semolina - see link for back of package recipe

3) Spinach Ravioli - Delicious, fantastic recipe, and easy to follow. We used salmon instead of prosciutto.

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