Easter 2020 looked a little different, but one thing that remains the same is that we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We checked all the boxes this year, and even decided to do something a little new.
Jordan and I went to Switzerland and Italy on our honeymoon. We visited Venice, Florence (plus San Giamagano, Pisa, and Siena) and Rome while there. One of our favorite experiences on our trip was a cooking experience we took part in.
We met a chef at a small neighborhood market and got to see how locals shop. We got the items we needed to make a delicious dinner, and then went to the home of this chef and created the most exquisite meal. It was such a fun day, and we promised ourselves we would not be discouraged from making pasta from scratch after this experience. Many years have passed, but we realized since we were bound to our homes, this was a perfect opportunity to make something special for easter.
Here is the recipe we used for making the pasta, and I will share the link for the sauce recipe we used. After completing the pasta, we were reminded how simple and fun it is to do together. We definitely want to incorporate it into our normal routine more often.
Pasta Recipe for a family of 4:
-3 1/2 cups of “00” flour
-2 tablespoons of water
-Pinch of salt
- Place eggs, water, flour and salt in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to speed 2 and mix for 30 to 60 seconds. Add more water if the dough is too dry, in 1/2 Tablespoon increments.
- Change out the flat beater for the dough hook. Turn to speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes. Remove the dough and knead by hand for 2 minutes. Place in a plastic bag or clear wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Cut dough into four pieces before processing with pasta maker. We used the pasta maker below. If you are using a pasta maker to flatten your dough you will want to start at the 1 setting (put the dough through 6-8 times on 1 setting) slowly increase the setting sending the dough through a few times on each setting before increasing. We do not go much thinner than the 5th setting.
- Once at your desired thickness you can cut the pieces of dough into the shape of pasta you desire. we tend to do a 1/4 of an inch in thickness.
We used the sauce recipe and ingredients suggested by a friend of ours over at Going Gosnell Blog. Here is the link for the sauce recipe.