My homemade pasta adventure began last Christmas, when my grandmother gave me a pasta maker. Who cares that I picked it out two days before, the point is, it was time to transport my kitchen to Tuscany. My first attempt was whipping up a summer vegetable pasta for dear old dad before I left home for the summer. The sticky mess ended in disaster, and I, who doesn’t respond well to failure, decided to take a break from all things pasta.
Last week I found Chef Mario Batali’s Potato Tortelli recipe. It challenged me to scuff-off store-bought boxed pasta and make it from scratch. I came face to face with my fear of failing, and warned my roommate that if this didn’t work, I might not leave my room for days.
Fortunately, the recipe and I were a match made in heaven. I mixed, kneaded, rolled, cut, and loved the dough. The results-- perfection, the filling was delicate and fluffy, while the buttery sauce was aromatic heaven. Needless to say, I’m never going back. Who needs store-bought pasta when you’ve got your very own pasta maker?
A simple pasta maker is all that’s needed for great pasta. While browsing great deals on the Internet, I came across a pasta maker from Sears that’s cheap, and it has all the necessary gadgets. If you’re a bargain hunter, I encourage you to check out Home Goods, TJ Maxx, or Ross. I found my pasta maker for a mere 6 dollars at Ross during the holiday season. Happy Eating.
For a great beginner homemade pasta recipes try:
Chickpea Ravioli with Basil Pesto and Hazelnuts