My husband Morgan was given the pasta maker attachment for our Kitchen Aid mixer as a birthday gift. Morgan teases me about how he always seems to get gifts that I benefit from too. It’s not my fault he likes kitchen gadgets! He said he wanted the pasta attachment and so that’s what my dad chose to give him for his birthday. I do have to say, this is probably one of my favorite gifts my husband has ever received.
I will give you a warning regarding homemade pasta. If you have ever have homemade pasta you will never again want those dried up old noodles from the box. The homemade pasta is so tender it practically melts in your mouth. It is simply delicious.
As I have mentioned on several occasions, I am not good with dough-related cooking. Morgan, however, has quickly mastered this skill. On his first run with the pasta maker, he made homemade spaghetti. Once the dough is made, it runs through the roller attachment several times which smooths and flattens it to the desired thickness. A second attachment is then used to cut the noodles. One important thing to remember when making homemade pasta is that it doesn’t take nearly as long to cook.
Since acquiring this magical new device, Morgan has made us homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken Alfredo with linguine and Italian sausage stuffed ravioli. I have a hard time deciding which of these dishes has been my favorite. For the ravioli he made last week, he also made a homemade tomato cream sauce that was good enough I could have eaten the entire pot, with or without any noodles.
If you have a pasta attachment and want to try making homemade, Morgan’s recipe is below. Even if you do use store-bought noodles, I recommend trying this homemade tomato cream sauce, it is divine!
Morgan’s Pasta Dough (makes half a pound)
• 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
• 2/3 cup of whole wheat flour
• 2 eggs
Whisk flours together to combine. In a separate bowl whisk eggs. Make a well in center of flour and pour in whisked eggs. Use a fork to slowly stir flour into the egg. If dough is not combining properly, add a teaspoon or less of water till dough combines. Once dough is combined to the right consistency dump it onto a floured surface and knead into a ball. Knead dough for at least 10 minutes. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 to 40 minutes to rest. Follow pasta maker instructions to roll dough and cut into desired pasta shape. Reminder: fresh pasta takes less time to cook than store bought.
Morgan’s Tomato Cream Sauce
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 tablespoon basil
•1/2 tablespoon oregano
• 2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
• pinch of crushed red pepper
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 3 ounces (or half a small can) of tomato paste
• 1 large can diced tomatoes
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Half a carton of heavy cream
Add olive oil to saucepan on medium heat. Add in herbs and garlic and saute for less than a minute. Add in diced onions and cook until lightly brown in color. Add in tomato paste and cook for a minute or less to awaken flavors. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Slowly stir in half a carton of heavy cream. Using an immersion blender, blend sauce until smooth. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.