Monday, October 15, 2012

Fresh Pasta at the Nonni's


Remember our pasta-making class adventure? Well, I finally got the pasta maker and the boys decided that they wanted to take it to my parents' house to make lunch. Here was the conversation on the phone before I dropped them off...

Me: Mom, they want to make pasta for lunch. Do you have flour and eggs? Or should I bring it over with the machine?
Nonna: Oh, you mean they want to MAKE the pasta?!? Not cook the pasta. Yes, I have flour and eggs.
Me: Perfect.
Nonna: How do you do it?
Me: No, they'll do it.
Nonna: Can they use whole wheat flour? That's all I have.
Me: That's all we have, too. It's fine.

And they were fine...


But they also gave my mom a hard time...here's how that conversation went...

Nonna: So, they made the pasta and it looks really good. I was getting ready to cook it and pulled out a jar of marinara sauce. Riley looked at me in horror and said, 'Nonna, you have to make the sauce!'
Me: Oh...
Nonna: I'm not finished. I started to chop the tomatoes and Dylan said, 'I don't want tomato sauce. Can you make alfredo sauce?'
Me: Oh...did you?
Nonna: No, I gave them the ingredients and made them make it!

Thank goodness for patient Nonni who cater to the boys' snooty palates. And thank goodness the boys can make their own sauces.

Egg Pasta
Recipe from Cucina Bambini

1 C white whole wheat flour
1 egg
water, as needed

Place flour in the center of a mat, making a well in the center. Crack and egg into the well. Gently whisk the egg to blend the yolk and the whites. Begin sprinkling flour from the walls of the well into the egg while whisking. Work all of the flour into the egg until you have a ball of dough and no flour left on your mat.

Split the dough in half and dust with flour, if sticky. Run the dough through the flat roller on setting 1 three times, folding it in half and dusting with flour in between, as needed. Then run the dough through each setting (2, 3, 4, and 5).

Cut the dough in half and run it through the noodle cutter. The boys made fettucine today.

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