Friday, April 22, 2011

Pasta making 101

Yesterday night I took a pasta making class at Sur La Table with a friend. For anyone that likes hands on instruction, Sur La Table's classes are very helpful and a ton of fun. The class sizes are small enough so the instructor can walk around, guiding each student individually. They last for around 2 1/2 hours and they give you a 10% off coupon good for an entire week. And lets not forget, you get to eat what you cook!

Besides pasta making, I've also taken a knife-skills class which I recommend to anyone that finds chopping therapeutic. Walking around the store is dangerous though... to my ever-growing list of dream kitchen items, I've added a 12 piece set of Scanpans, a Calphalon cutting board, and a set of Shun knives. Someday...

Getting back to pasta! We first learned how to make fresh dough and the proper way to knead it.  While the dough was resting, we cut up the rest of the ingredients for our dishes. Prosciutto, herbs, garlic, etc. Then the pasta machine came out, which was really fun to use. I couldn't resist picking one up for myself :)

Here are a few pictures from the class:
Fettucini, or tagliatelle as they call it in Italy

Tarragon pressed pasta sheets

Hand-cut papperdelle drying on the rack

Sauteing asparagus

Chicken and mushrooms simmering

Fettuccini with prosciutto and asparagus

Papperdelle and almond pesto

Tarragon pasta sheets with chicken and mushrooms

1 comment:

  1. wowwww. can we try out your newly purchased pasta maker sometime this week before i leave for sd?