By: Alex Weiss, CFP®
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2020 is already in the rear view mirror. While last year was quite tumultuous and really anything but a ‘normal’ year, we still have so much to be thankful for. The New Year often has folks building lists of goals to accomplish, places to travel, and making the good ol’ New Year’s resolutions. Though not
life changing, I began the year by drawing up my culinary-courage, embarking on a new challenge for the benefit of the bellies under my roof.
One item on my ‘to-do’ list to accomplish in 2021 was to make pasta from scratch. I have been on the receiving end of many fresh pasta meals, but I must shamefully admit (and as an Italian boy, it really hurts to say out loud) that I have never made my own from start to finish. Instead of letting this sit on the list forever, I decided to tackle it on January 1st.
Similar to my pizza test (which I judge every pizza place by the plain cheese pizza), we had to start with a basic pasta and sauce. Ashley and I looked up a few recipes and I was shocked to learn that all you need to make pasta is flour and eggs… that’s it! What I didn’t realize is how much kneading I was in for and my forearms clearly were not ready for the exercise. After careful sets of kneading, folding, and utilizing the pasta attachment on the KitchenAid mixer, we cut and dried the pasta to get ready for dinner.
The most important part to my wife is the sauce. This is not only attributable to pasta, but to any dish. Ashley judges every restaurant by the care they put into the sauces– because if they take care of that aspect, they clearly are looking at every detail that hits the plate. We decided on a cream based garlic butter sauce which was simple, easy, and delicious. With fresh pasta, we read that it is important to immerse it in the sauce to let it marinate, while then adding small amounts of the pasta water to make sure it isn’t too dry. I first thought we would not need to use any water, well I was wrong! We added a least a ¼ cup of the pasta water, if not more.
The only thing that we failed to do was bake some fresh bread for the meal. That will be something we will work to accomplish soon, as the pasta was a hit with everyone.
Any tips, tricks, or other recipes that we should try please let us know. Ravioli is next on the list.
Until next time…