Monday, March 5, 2012

Snowballs....Pasta?

You've heard of things snowballing, right? 
Meaning to increase rapidly in size or intensity? 

Well, for me, it's this thing with pasta. 

A few weeks ago I decided it would be great fun to make homemade ravioli. I'm thinking the inspiration was dining at a restaurant that offered a butternut squash ravioli with some sort of creamy, dreamy sauce. I wanted something that went a step beyond Chef Boyardee!

I found a ravioli maker. 


I put together the ingredients.


How hard can this be?


And... we have ravioli!



How hard can this be, I ask? There are no pictures of the finished dish simply because my arms were too tired to lift a camera after kneading and pressing and rolling, trying to get the dough thin enough. It was darn hard! But, we enjoyed our delightfully spiced ricotta cheese stuffed ravioli with a parmesan cheese sauce. Mmmmm.... good!

So the next quest was to acquire a pasta machine to flatten the dough. I decided I would look around in thrift stores. You know, the thrill is in the chase! This is the sort of thing I was looking for:
I didn't exactly find that sort of thing.... 
but I did come home with a pasta extruder!


And we have been enjoying different sorts of pasta...


But the quest still continues for that pasta press! 
The snowball rolls on!

9 comments:

  1. How cool! Can you ship me some of that pasta?

    My husband's family is Italian so usually once a year we make home made gnocci, a potato pasta. It is soo good! But it takes about 4 people to make because timing is everything!

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  2. Call me impressed! Pasta making is quite the art and it looks like you're on your way to mastering it! :) Yum. :)

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  3. Your pasta is probably much more wholesome than store-bought. Did you use spinach in the green pasta? My favorite is tomato pasta.

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  4. soo impressed!! Looks fabulous!!
    i made homade pasta once when I was helping with the girl scouts... but my Italian mom always made homemade pasta...with her sauce to go on top...definitely a slice of heaven!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  5. I am so jealous! Good for you. Your pasta looks divine.

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  6. Looks delish. I understand the snowball effect. A new organic place opened nearby a few months back. We tried it, now we're eating nearly 100% organic. Sooooo, much better tasting.

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  7. Very cool. I think your pasta came out looking great. Yummy!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  8. Yum! Is there anything you can't do? I don't think so.

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  9. I am impressed..you are a chef! I don't like ricotta..it must be an acquired taste that I am still acquiring. You are not afraid to try new things..way to go! :)

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