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treat yo’ self…with pasta

My job offers a wellness incentive program.  Using an online app that tracks healthy habits, I earn a small bonus each quarter.  I am a self-proclaimed, champion window shopper.  Shopping Amazon with my bonus $100, I placed several items in my cart, removed them, found more stuff and deleted those before making my final purchase: a 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set for our vintage Kitchenaid Mixer.

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The pasta attachments are no stranger to my cart.  But I’ve talked myself out of them for two reasons.  One, they’re an expensive toy: coming in at $125 ( I bought the $103 refurbished set).  That’s a big chunk of change.  Two, you can make pasta by hand which we’ve done a few times.

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Hand made fettuccini (recipe link below).

I’d love to say I came to my senses…

Instead, Roger and I made pasta this morning using Samin Nosrat’s recipe. I wouldn’t say I regularly crave pasta but this recipe is amazing.  Compared with dried, boxed pasta, there’s no competition and it’s pretty cheap and the *ingredients are usually on hand: 2 cups (300 grams) “00” or all-purpose flour, 2 large eggs, 3 egg yolks, plus more as needed, Semolina flour, for dusting.

Today’s results…

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Pasta roller linguini and angel hair pasta. 

I’m calling the new gadgets worth the kitchen space.  We’ll be having Pasta Con Le Sarde tonight.  I ran across the recipe here several years ago and was pleasantly surprised.  Time to try it again.

Bon appetito!

**Good Recipes

*Pasta all’Uovo – SALT FAT ACID HEAT, Samin Nosrat

Sicily Climbing Vacation, Part 2: Pasta Con Le Sarde, Brittany Griffith   | Patagonia – The Cleanest Line  

Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese Sauce Recipe – NYT Cooking

 

**My criteria for a ‘good recipe’…

  1. above all it has to be yummy
  2. quality, whole food ingredients
  3. clear directions especially with a complicated recipe 
  4. it works 
  5. a bonus, ideally it looks beautiful
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