Never Buying Pasta Again!

I am like a kid on Christmas morning! The pasta maker that my mom gave us for Christmas came out of its box today, and I am never turning back to store bought pasta again!

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First, I will rewind to this morning when I woke up to a gloriously warm winter morning. Well, it was probably around 35, but it felt warm! I did a brisk 2.5 mile walk to my gym and then did another 2.5 miles of hills on the elliptical. My legs were still quite sore from Saturday’s 10 miler, but all of the movement really helped me work out the kinks.

For lunch I had a new Trader Joe’s product, a boxed cheese lasagna which turned out being quite delicious. I normally like to make my own fresh lunches, but once in awhile its nice to be able to grab something and go in the morning. I will be keeping an eye out for these again in the future. Since they are shelf stable they would make a good desk drawer, last minute lunch option.

My day was pretty bleh, so I will go straight to the pasta making. The temperatures have certainly dropped since this morning, so the pasta dish I had planned was the perfect dinner.

I love pasta that is full of flavor, so I decided to make a cracked black pepper whole wheat pasta, making it a little bit healthier than using regular flour. My pasta dough was simple,a whole bunch of cracked black pepper, 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour, 3 eggs, and enough water to help the mixture become a firm ball of dough. It was a little crumbly, so I guess a bit more water would help.

The hubs and I were like little kids playing with play dough as we rolled out the sheets and fed them through the fettuccini blades.

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The sauce was simple, one container of chopped shitake mushrooms, a head of chopped broccoli, about 1/4 stick of butter, 3 TSP olive oil, crushed red pepper, and shredded parmesan cheese.

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Making the pasta was quick and easy, and the topping was earthy, delicious, and sort of healthy, well, minus the butter. I am not sure why I always thought making pasta was so difficult. After my first try, without a machine, I started brainstorming pasta flavors, and now I am hooked!

Monday is over, and it is a short week, hooray! I am working on a “Memorable Foods of 2009” post as well as a review of a skin product I received samples of, PLUS, a healthy, VERY easy, fresh, crunchy veggie dinner for healthifying the new year and lots more. I finally feel like blogging again!

Have a great night everyone, and be careful out there. At least on the East coast, temps have dropped and black ice is everywhere!

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  1. Jessica’s avatar

    Wow that looks delicious!!!!

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  2. Lindsay’s avatar

    Remember when we were at the Cowgirl Creamery Tasting at Foodbuzz Festival and I said that I enjoyed making pastas?! I remember you clearly stating that you thought pasta was boring… that you didn’t know how to make it interesting! Sure looks like you’ve turned a corner! I’m a little jealous of the cool new toy! I did get the “Pasta Bible” for Christmas though… you’ll have to be on the lookout for the book!

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    1. admin’s avatar

      I love how when it is homemade you can control all of the flavors IN the pasta and not just on top of the pasta! I take it back :) Its so much better than pasta from a box! Mmm Cowgirl Creamery tasting. . . to be back there again!

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    2. Simply Life’s avatar

      oh I’m so impressed! that looks like too much fun!

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    3. Kelly’s avatar

      Wow I love homemade pasta (at restaurants haha) but I’ve never really considered taking on the project on my own, I should though!

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    4. Girl Gone Gourmet’s avatar

      Impressive! Really love the sauce– sounds delicious!

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    5. Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers’s avatar

      Congrats on the pasta maker! It looks like mine and your post makes me want to make some! (I don’t think I’ve used mine in years!) I look forward to seeing more posts of you guys using it!

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    6. Sook’s avatar

      My mother-in-law has been saying how she wants a pasta noodle maker so I could make some for her before we leave on new year’s. :) Looks like it works great!

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    7. TasteHongKong’s avatar

      Yes, I am already asking myself to make my pasta soon.

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    8. Emily’s avatar

      This is my kind of cooking. All from scratch, just like grandma did! (it always tastes better that way!)

      You have inspired me to purchase one of my own!

      Happy New Year!

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    9. Jeanne’s avatar

      Your pasta sounds so delicious! Now I want a pasta maker of my own!

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    10. Frank’s avatar

      Looks great! Making pasta at home really is so much easier than most people think. Glad you gave it a try! Enjoy your new ‘toy’!

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    11. Alta’s avatar

      Yum! I want a pasta maker too. Your dish sounds perfect for a chilly winter day!

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    12. Epicurette’s avatar

      I registered for the Kitchen Aid pasta attachment, but no one got it for me :( I guess I’ll have to be a big girl and go get it for myself! I want fresh pasta too!

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    13. Shelly Borrell’s avatar

      I’ve had a pasta machine sitting in my storage room for a few years now. I inherited it from a friend — It’s never been used, but I may need to give it a try in 2010!!!

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    14. Sarah the Bear’s avatar

      My boyfriend got me the Kitchen Aid attachment for Christmas, and we broke it out the other night. I love it! Rolling the pasta was a sinch, and the texture was absolutely divine. I made a sauce with crimini mushrooms, leeks and mascarpone. What a treat!

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    15. Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats’s avatar

      I have had my pasta maker for about 30 years. It’s an Imperia (Italian). The sheets come out a little thinner than the American machines.
      One tip-never wash your machine.Just use a cloth or a slightly moist towel ( never on the moving parts).

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    16. Erica S.’s avatar

      Ahhh, wishing (again) that I had a pasta maker!

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