Wednesday, September 30, 2009
pasta making: check
I did it! Last night I made pasta!
I have to admit, I've tried it before. I tried it last fall with pumpkin filled raviolis and it was a complete flop. The filling oozed out of the little pockets and we ended up ordering pizza. It was so disappointing!
But a few weeks ago, my friend Tara gave me a pasta machine, a pasta drying rack and a pasta cookbook. Talk about being set up for success! So, yesterday I gave it a try.
I decided to make a recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The recipe has you made spinach flavored lasagna noodles (seemed like a good beginner noodle) and a simple sauce. Then everything gets baked for a half hour in the oven, which I liked the idea of. A good half hour before dinner to clean up and regroup after my attempts at pasta making.
So, Dave was at the playground with the kids while I made the dough. The dough was so easy to make. Spinach, eggs, flour in the food processor and voila! And then...the kids came home. So, I got a lot of help forming the noodles! The noodles whipped up easy, peasy. I was surprised at how much abuse the dough could take and still get the job done.
Once the dough was all stretched out, I cut them to the size I wanted, tossed them with the sauce and popped it in the oven. Not bad!
1. Young boys love machines. Pasta machines, sewing machines, you name it. So, either plan for plenty of time if boys are going to help, or make the pasta while boys are sleeping or in school.
2. Use the drying rack! I didn't bother with the drying rack and that wasn't a problem until I was cutting the pasta to size and they got stuck together.
3. Keep the sauces simple. It's about the pasta, not the sauce, so don't go crazy.
I'm definitely doing this again. The pasta was so light and yummy! Next up to try? Black Pepper Pasta!
I'm into it...but not quite enthusiastic as the lady on the front of the machine's manual. But, perhaps I'll get there someday.
Thanks Tara! You're a great friend! And now I can cross something off of my To-Do list! awesome.