Friday, September 25, 2009

Homemade Pasta

When Wendy came to visit, we had planned a ridiculously long list of recipes we wanted to make together. In the end, we only wound up making one meal together, but it was the meal to end all meals. You shoulda been there.

Pasta and Marinara Sauce from Scratch

On the menu:
* Homegrown Heirloom Caprese salad
* Homemade Pasta with Marinara sauce, both from scratch
* Lemon Tart (post coming up next week!)

We don't have a pasta machine, so this was genuinely made completely by hand. We used a recipe from The Pioneer Woman's friend Pastor Ryan. Click on over to Ree's site for lots of pictures and a printable recipe. The texture wasn't quite like anything I've ever had, even the fresh egg pasta in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, which I love. It was thick, a bit chewy, and quite unwieldy... and all 4 of us at the table devoured it. It's incredible how 2 simple ingredients, flour and eggs, can come together into something so tasty. We could taste the love and effort that went into it.

Wendy cutting the pasta:

Pasta from Scratch

Making pasta by hand made me want to run out and buy the pasta roller/cutter attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. Does anyone have it? Thoughts?


Juliet said...

Oh yum! It's 7:45am and my mouth is already watering for this...I've not yet tried making pasta from scratch, but I think I will have to try it this fall for sure. Would also probably want the attachment for my Kitchen Aid - as that just seems to make it so quick and easy. Thanks for your post - you've inspired me!

Delicious Dishings said...

I have the Imperia pasta maker, and I love it, but it does have a crank, and I think the KA one is automatic.

I love fresh pasta. I wish I could set aside more time to make it. This dish looks fabulous!

violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

I have the KA mixer attachment from my gramma, at my parents house. It is HEAVY and I was afraid it would put me over the weight limit for my luggage last time I was home. I'm also kinda afraid of it because my gramma told me that it's a total bitch to clean if your sheets are too wide and end up smooshing into the sides of rolling area. Someday I'll remember that I need to leave room for 15 lbs of steel on my way back.

Lauren said...

Yum! I definitely need to try making some homemade pasta =D.

(wife.) said...

shoulda been there? oh yeah baby. I WAS there. and oh yeah baby, that *&^% was awwwwwwwesome. The kind of food that you can still feel the texture in your mouth when you think about it. mmmmmm.

sara said...

Awesome job! Your homemade pasta looks wonderful, and hand cut no less. We are pasta machine cheaters :)

Heidi said...

My dad has the KA attachment and I was lucky enough to be home one of the first times he made pasta. I'm not sure if we were doing something wrong, but the KA attachment got very hot and was ruining our pasta. We all agreed that although the non-electric ones take more time, it would probably be worth it!

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