By Ruplai Dean shared from her blog http://bit.ly/1tGHDi2
An all time favorite, family comfort food, pasta is quick and easy to make and always tastes yummy. Trust me with all those carbohydrates it can be healthy too! The trick is to keep portion sizes under control and compensate by adding more lean protein and vegetables into the mix or you could even replace the refined flour with whole wheat!
My favorite pasta pairing is linguine and clam sauce, I am sure you have your own! The possible combinations of pasta and sauce are limitless and may even be a little intimidating when you start to think about it. The nuances of shapes and texture are less pronounced in fresh pasta than in dried and fresh pasta carries and absorbs any sauce more readily than does dried. Fresh pasta generally follows the same rules as dried: the flatter and longer shapes combine well with olive oil and cream sauces, while sturdier shapes, work well with chunkier and more assertively flavored sauces. Tomato and simple cream and butter sauces are universal and will go well with basically all pasta. The general rule of thumb is to match the delicacy of sauce with that of the noodle. For a light sage butter sauce, go for capellini (angel hair) or penne rigate rather than jumbo shells. A hearty Bolognese, on the hand, deserves something more substantial, such as fettuccine or pappardelle. And if you aren’t sure what sauce you want, go with farfalle (bow ties). To make your own pasta at home, you will need the following equipment:
– The KitchenAid Stand mixer to make the dough. And for those who do not know the stand mixer has a magic hub on which you can attach various attachments and can practically make anything…as of now lets talk about pasta!
– The Pasta roller & cutter attachment for rolling out the pasta dough into sheets. ( includes Angel Hair & Thick Noodle cutters)
– clean kitchen towels to cover the fresh pasta while it’s drying
– plastic wrap to cover the fresh pasta while it’s resting
– a ravioli wheel for making farfalle and ravioli