Let’s face a few facts here – time is minimal, for all of us! In the race of life (whatever that is), picking up a packet of spaghetti and a can of Arrabiata is pretty much the easiest possible thing (assuming that we do not think about take-out food today). I mean its quite simple – boil the pasta, toss it in the tomato sauce and voilá, dinner is served! In this case, why are we fine with paying (a LOT more) for homemade pasta at a restaurant?
Well, I will agree with you that making pasta at home is a bit (or maybe a lot) intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! All you need is some flour (and a bit of semolina), fresh eggs and a pasta roller. It literally takes about 30-40 minutes (max) to roll your own pasta, into any shape you want and toss it into any sauce you want – so how about trying to impress her (or him) for dinner with this? She (or he) could get involved in the rolling process too! And the best part is, you get to control every aspect of your dish!
As I said, you just need flour, eggs and a pasta roller – one that you can get for really cheap here. Mix in the flour and eggs, and put it away in a refrigerator to rest for about 30 minutes. And then comes the fun part – rolling! The possibilities are endless! You could go from stuffed, to sheets to pretty much anything you want! Personally, I prefer a tortellini or a tagliatelle – cause ragu, mushrooms, spinach & ricotta – oh boy, don’t get me started!
Do I need to explain the reasons? Okay fine…
- Honestly, its on of the best ways to impress the date (really, it is!). Think of it as a way to get the Mr. or Mrs. involved in a bit of “fun activity” sorta thing, before the wine and dine and etc etc.
- Each (piece of) pasta is unique and not “machined to perfection”. And that’s what makes food brilliant – right? Eating the same consistent piece or type of food can get a bit boring – so its best to mix things up!
- For the gym freaks, kneading pasta dough is a bit of a workout, since it requires a good amount of bashing and folding to achieve that silky texture.
- Save on the bucks! Well yes, store bought pasta (dried) can be cheap(er), but in the long run (considering yourself to be a big pasta fan), it can actually save you money!
Last night, we did a bit of Gorgonzola & Walnut stuffed Ravioli tossed in a Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce. Why unusual? Well, purists would rather pair the ravioli with something a bit sweeter like a pear sauce, or a simple Sage-Butter. But from the way it tasted, I have to say that this pairing goes beautifully well. Of course, I purposely made the sauce a bit more creamy (than basil-y?), since Gorgonzola is a bit salty – and to balance it out, yada yada yada. I’d definitely recommend you try this for dinner next time. If you wanna know more about this, send me a message and I’ll be happy to share (the recipe, not the pasta)! 😛
But honestly, Invest in a pasta roller machine – not the automatic ones that run on a motor, but the manual ones where you need to turn the handle to roll it out. Think about it, you have ultimate and total control on your pasta, and you got a great arm workout (for all you fitness freaks). 😛