Have you ever tried making pasta or dumplings from scratch? It’s a fun project to tackle over the holidays (hint: New Year’s Eve appetizers!) and it’s one that yields delicious and often Instagram-worthy results. This week, we’re rounding up our favorite handmade pasta recipes from across the Web.
No matter how good the sauce, I can always distinguish soft and tender handmade pasta from the dried and boxed variety. For me, fresh pasta is the marker of a great Italian meal. Swiss-based food blog House to Haus teaches you a simple technique for crafting orecchiette at home using just a serrated knife and a little elbow grease. With a drizzle of high-quality olive oil and freshly torn basil, these “little ears” make for a comforting meal. Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano is a must, too.
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Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
What’s the first meal you ever made?
One of the first meals I ever cooked was with my mom when I was a little girl. We made pizzas together for one of my dad’s big birthdays. It was so much fun to experiment with the pizza toppings and of course, rolling out the dough was the best part! Now I’m so lucky that I get to make pizza with my kids.
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day, what would it be?
If I had to blog about one ingredient for a year it would be flour. I do a lot of baking and I use flour to make pasta. It would be easy to fill 365 days with recipes made with flour.
What’s your go-to quick and easy dinner?
My go-to quick and easy dinner would be pasta! I can never tire of eating it. I love to create new sauces with fresh and seasonal vegetables. We really enjoy making homemade pasta and gnocchi. My favorite pasta is homemade tagliatelle with a nice sauce. That is usually what you will find us eating on a relaxing Sunday with a wonderful loaf of fresh bread and a delicious salad. That is in my opinion, a perfect meal.
I will never eat?
I try to keep a very open mind about food, but you will probably not ever see me eat tripe. Growing up in an Italian home, I have seen it prepared many times and the sauce always looks wonderful; I just never had the nerve to eat it.
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