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Several weeks ago, the mister and I invested in a pasta machine—a stainless steel, hand-crank thingie that rolls pasta dough out to the desired thickness and then cuts it into spaghetti or linguini strands. My first foray into pasta making immediately after the purchase was a disaster. Maybe it was too humid. Maybe I used too much olive oil in the dough.
For whatever reason, the dough was a sticky mess that clung to my fingers and either broke off in chunks before it could be fed into the machine or melded itself into wavy, un-boilable clumps immediately upon exit. I ended up rolling the whole lot into a sticky ball and flinging it into a wooded area while cursing a blue streak.
Yesterday, I thought I’d give pasta making another try. Learning from my previous mistakes, I knew I needed to have a drying rack at the ready. We don’t have one, and we live kinda out in the boonies, so purchasing one would require a 40-mile trip and hellish holiday weekend mall experience.
I decided to make my own instead using two wire coat hangers with cross bars to hold the pasta-hanging surfaces apart. I even had a name for my invention:
The theory seemed sound. We hung the two coat hanger hooks on an upper cabinet knob, and with a good batch of dough, we were soon turning out delightful pasta strands.
Unfortunately, the weight of the pasta undermined the rack infrastructure, causing it to collapse into a one-dimensional apparatus. This gave us less drying surface to exploit, so we had to employ the dough bowl and wooden spoons as depicted in figure 1 above.
But you know what? The pasta actually turned out pretty well. I made a simple primavera sauce to go with it, and it was a hit all around.
Next time, I’ll make the dough less eggy and roll it out thinner. The noodles we produced were a bit hearty for our purposes. They reminded me of Kluski noodles, which are thick, eggy Polish-style noodles that are wonderful in soups and casseroles.
So, if anyone has a good homemade pasta recipe to share, please do.
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