Dinner: Homemade Pasta

IMG_0212I don’t really have a recipe here.  This is kind of one of those things you just throw together without any direction.  In this case, with my mom and her BF in town, we decided to make a pasta we’ve come to enjoy.  We made it a couple of visits back and it’s just a light pasta with simple ingredients.  It may have had a few different iterations, but it usually has at least:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • White Wine
  • Shrimp
  • Cheese (we used a fontina/asiago blend)

The amounts of the above items can vary based on your preferences.  As you can see in the pictures below we sautéed everything up in our braiser before adding in the pasta.

Now, the best part of this night was that we made homemade pasta.  Making pasta has been done by my grandma and my mom.  This was the first time that we actually did it at our house.  So, we started passing down the recipes from one generation to the next.  Now the recipe doesn’t have much to it, but we learned how to make our own pasta…and since our son has some Italian in his blood, it is something that he needs to know.  There is no…NO substitute for homemade pasta.

Again…no recipe here for this.  I checked with my mom and she said that you use about 3/4 cups of flour to one egg.  I think we used about five eggs and it was plenty for five people (and more).  Once you add those in, you use a little water until everything comes together to make the dough.  Knead it a little and set it aside until you are ready to roll it out.

My mom and Bob got us our first pasta maker to use just for this.  It takes the little sections of dough that we cut up and helps roll it out thinly into strips.  From here it cuts all the strips up into the exact pasta you want.  In our case we went with more of a standard spaghetti or angel hair pasta (not a fan of thicker noodles in this house).

Once the pasta was done and the other ingredients cooked up, we through it all into a bowl and added the cheese.  The cheese and white wine helped form up a nice, light sauce.  About four school fulls later onto my plate and I was ready to eat.  It was a hit all around.  It’s no wonder why we make this each time my mom comes around town.  It’s kind of a tradition now…and now we have the tradition to make homemade pasta as well.  We had enough left over to feed four of us the next day…and even the leftovers were legit.

All I can say is…if you have the time, treat yo self to some homemade pasta.  It will change your world.

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