Not everything that comes out of my kitchen is a smashing success and this proves it. Although I’ve been wanting to make fresh pasta for a long time, I’d been putting it off because I didn’t have a simple pasta machine. I did have this hand-me-down beast though, with vague memories of hating it. But, since I couldn’t remember exactly what the problems were, I decided to give it another try. C’mon…this is the cover of the book that came with it. Who can resist this? Makes me wonder if there was there a pasta chef member of The Village People…I dragged the machine and all its accessories from its
hiding place home on the top shelf of the pantry and set to work.We had to figure out how to assemble the thing. Luckily, my father-in-law had saved every piece of paper that came with it so we could follow the handy directions.I had some terrific tomato powder from MySpiceSage, so I decided on a Tomato and Cracked Pepper version of fettucine.We put everything in the machine, turned it on and waited for it to work its magic.A little bit of pasta finally makes an appearance!Slowly, slowly, slowly we got this. Then we had to use that flimsy plastic wrench-like utensil handy wrench, take the thing apart, unclog it and start over. Maybe the unclogging will help. There’s still hope that we’ll eat sometime tonight so I started getting the sauce stuff together. Basic.. cheese, cream, garlic, butter and basil. In the meantime, the machine is whining away. Slowly. Ever so slowly. We disassemble, unclog and reassemble. Again. And again. Who wants to wait that long? We’re hungry! A box of Ronzoni and dinner was finally served and I was off to research basic pasta rollers.
So what are some of your misadventures? Things that didn’t quite work like you expected? Ended up more complicated than they should’ve been?