Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall Pasta

While digging for dinner ideas the other day, I came across a cookbook in my stack called Chez Panisse: Pasta, Pizza, & Calzone. The contents were divided into Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter dishes. I went right for the fall pasta dishes and chose... Artichoke Hearts, Prosciutto and Fettuccine. After having the pasta rollers out for the crackers (thanks for all of your wonderful cracker recipe suggestions too. Can't wait to try them), I thought I'd make some PASTA. Out came the Pasta Bible..

... and after sifting through a bunch of recipes, I settled on Pasta Dough No. 2. A basic dough with fine semolina and all-purpose flour. Not feeling too brave as far as trying a colored pasta yet, although... Pasta Dough No. 4 was a close contender because it uses 7 (gasp) egg yolks and our refer is currently experiencing an egg-valanche!

The dough was easy enough to make by hand. After chilling, it went through the rollers slowly creating thin sheets (final roll: number 6 on the Kitchen Aid Pasta Roller). Lastly the sheets were fed through the fettuccine cutter and the noodles were hung on a dowel rod between the counter tops.


Fresh pasta tossed with garlic, olive oil, lemon, artichokes (wish I had fresh ones), and prosciutto, topped with buttered bread crumbs and freshly grated cheese.

I was feeling all cozy about it until I looked on the can of artichoke hearts and saw they were from Peru. That's what I get for taking a field trip to Whole Foods Market. So shell shocked and excited to be there shopping I forgot to look at the can. Hate to say it, but it was worth the air miles for this wonderful hot, savory, fall dinner... I love artichokes... sigh...

19 comments:

dmoms said...

I have never made pasta. Any chance you would do a basic tutorial? You are making it look fun - the pasta looks like clothes drying out on the line.

Liz said...

It looks nommy.... I'm hungry now... nom nom nom :)

Seriously though, the fresh pasta looks delicious, I too have never even considered making it fresh, but you certainly made it look easy!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I could dive into this...fresh pasta with that delicious sauce.
Yum!
Looks like you really know your way around the kitchen.

Leigh...Peru?
I am going to have to write you a ticket.

Kelly said...

Well, unless someone down the street was selling artichokes I wouldn't feel so bad. At least your pasta wasn't brought over from Italy. ;) (Which looked GREAT by the way, very impressed!)

I think you should do some raviolis next.

The Hip Homemaker said...

I really need to just break down and make my own pasta sometime this fall. I have been thinking about it for forever, but avoid it because I don't have a roller. Maybe I will put a shout out on freecycle. Someone needs to have a languishing wedding gift packed in their basement.

It looks fabulous and yummy and I wish I could join you for dinner...

Michelle said...

Wow! Your pasta looks perfect! Sorry to hear about the artichokes...but I'm thinking they're worth the mileage, too...

The Cottage Comtesse said...

You made it look so easy! I'd love a tutorial, too. I've been eyeing the attachment for the kitchen aid in Williams Sonoma. Perhaps I can find it cheaper!

Chiot's Run said...

I love making homemade pasta, once you start you can't go back to store bought. I love making it for guests, it's super easy and they're always super impressed!

Jackie said...

Mmm... I really need to get it together and try to make homemade pasta. How long did it take you?

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

You amaze me with all you do. AMaze. Fresh pasta, what could be better. How would you ever go back? I love the photo of it drying.

Nancy said...

Oh my goodness girl. That looks heavenly. Even with artichokes from Peru.

Like Jackie, I want to know how long it took you from start to finish. I suppose that once the pasta dries you could freeze it, couldn't you? I just can't imagine being able to do this for a weeknight meal after a day at work...time constraints because the other natives are hungry.

I've never made pasta but you're making me wonder if I could/should.

Heather said...

As soon as the weather turns cooler I am going to try making homemade pasta! I have had it before and can say with all honesty I can't imagine eating store bought dried anymore. You meal looked wonderful!

theurbanfieldguide said...

I love the picture of the pasta hanging. My grandpop used to make pasta like that and I remember it hanging all over the house. I can only imagine what he could have accomplished with a kitchen aid mixer! Great post. Wish I could send you some of my artichokes!

Sara said...

Oh yum! Fresh pasta is the best! Hard to eat the stuff from the store once you've had the good fresh kind! Makes me want to dust off my little hand cranked pasta machine!!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

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I just awarded you with Kreativ Blogger award, please go to my blog to pick it up.

gardenmama said...

beautiful job!
i love the process of making fresh pasta and yum, the taste is incredible! happy autumn : )

Jessica said...

I dream of making my own pasta some day! That looks so yummy!

deb said...

Wow, I can't believe I missed dinner that night! ;)

This looks absolutely amazing.

Flo said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful...artichoke hearts always come from abroad in the UK, there are no British artichokes by the looks of it! But I'm hoping to grow a couple of plants next year. I'll definitely be trying this recipe with them! :-)