After my first trip to Italy about 10 years ago, I came home obsessed with making my own pasta. Up until that trip my only experience with pasta was dried, from a box. Fresh pasta is on a whole other level. It is heavenly. I bought a hand crank pasta machine shortly after returning home. I used it a couple of times and then it found its way into the small-kitchen-appliances-that-were-a-good-idea-at-the-time cupboard. And stayed there for a very, very long time. Up until this most recent summer break, I had kind of forgotten I even had it as was evident by the inches of dust on the box.
For my birthday, however, I received pasta rollers and cutters that attach to my KitchenAid stand mixer. While quite excited to try them out, I just didn't have the time to experiment...until this week! We had the entire week off for Thanksgiving. Between family gatherings and art projects and chores, and leftovers, I found a little time to play with my new toys.
They were both delicious!
Fresh pasta certainly isn't a 30 minute meal, but with the new tools I can see it being made more often than it was before. Anyone need a hand crank pasta machine?
PS - There were so many photos I wanted to include so I put them into some basic collages. That makes them a bit small, but the collage will enlarge into full size and make things easier to see...if you are so inclined.