Pasta-palooza!

I didn’t know what to call this story. At first, I started with ‘Pasta Night’. Then… ‘Pass the night with pasta night’. Oh-gosh-no. I finally settled on the above title, but ultimately, I guess it doesn’t matter what you call it… good friends, good food and having to work a little bit for good pasta, pays off in spades.

When temperatures drop and it’s too snowy to venture out, get a bunch of hungry friends over to make pasta, from scratch.

Provide some all-purpose flour, a few room temperature eggs, throw in some red wine for Dutch courage and good cheer and add some store-bought, but kick-ass, Antipasto (Thanks Jenna!) and you’ve got yourself a Pasta night. Many hands make light work. Get rolling!

MENU FOR THE NIGHT:

ANTIPASTO

Prosciutto di San Daniele

Spicy Soppressata

Burrata and Ricotta

A jar of French Acacia Honey

HOMEMADE PASTA LINGUINE with TRUFFLE CREAM CARBONARA

GLUTEN FREE PASTA with CLASSIC MEAT BOLOGNAISE SAUCE

ESCAROLE SALAD with ANCHOVY DRESSING

MILLE CREPE

ANTIPASTO! Since we’re making our own pasta from scratch, we saved time by picking up some store-bought Antipasto. It’s also a great ice-breaker. Note: The milky soft Burrata cheese was divine but the fresh Ricotta drizzled with Honey was incredible.

HOW WE MADE OUR PASTA-

Mound the flour and make a well> Put eggs in> Swirl flour in> Add water to blend> Knead

ONCE IT’S KNEADED FOR 10 to 15 MINUTES:

Put through the pasta on the widest setting of the machine, then fold, and put through again, working your way down to the lowest setting. Roll, then slice to the thickness you desire. Fat fettucini, thin linguine, whatever you like.

HOMEMADE PASTA LINGUINE with TRUFFLE CREAM CARBONARA

A traditional Carbonara does not normally contain heavy cream. This one does, with the addition of truffle oil, which seems to deepen the taste of the Carbonara and add a lovely fragrant aroma.

Dice a half inch round of Pancetta and fry slowly over Medium heat in a pan. Set aside. In a Medium saucepan, cook a half cup of Heavy Cream over Medium-Low heat with 2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic sliced. Add one heaped teaspoon of Ground Pepper and one teaspoon of Salt. When the cream is heated through and starts reducing and thickening, move the saucepan off the heat and let the Garlic steep. Pour the cream/garlic sauce into a pasta serving bowl and add the cooked Pancetta. Stir in one tablespoon of Black Truffle Oil and then slowly whisk 3 Egg Yolks into the cream. Add a half cup of finely grated Pecorino Cheese. Add hot cooked homemade linguine, that has been cooked in plenty of salted water and toss until all the pasta is coated. Season to taste. Once tossed you may need to add more Pecorino, Salt and Pepper. Serve immediately.

CARBONARA: Homemade pasta linguine with truffle cream.

GLUTEN FREE PASTA RECIPE

This recipe is from Scott Parker, chef at Table Six, Denver. Emulated for us by chef Joel Holland.

Sift or push through a fine mesh strainer: 150 grams of Almond Flour, 150 grams of Potato starch, 200 grams Tapioca, 40 grams of Corn starch, 5 grams of Xanthum Gum, 5 grams of Rice flour, 2 teaspoons of Salt. Make a mound with the flour and carve out a well in the middle. Put 4 Egg Yolks plus 4 additional Eggs into the well and work the egg and flour together with your fingers until you have a smooth dough, adding several tablespoons of water as necessary. (You may need more than you think, to bind it) Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes, until smooth, firm, and quite elastic. Don’t skimp on the kneading or the dough will tear while you’re rolling it out. This dough is delicate so it’s best to use a rolling pin rather than a regular pasta machine.

For the gluten free pasta you’ll need to use a rolling pin instead of a regular pasta machine.

Don’t worry if you can’t get the dough as thin as you would with a machine, it will work out fine!

DESSERT: MILLE CREPE. (Below) This is a french dessert made of several layers of vanilla pastry cream wedged between several crepes. Oh my!

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With thanks to:

Sarah Ellison Lewis

Jenna Crosby.

Great women to pasta night with.

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