What’s for Dinner Tonight | Cooking

This winter weather has me in a rut!  I decided it was time to check another thing off of my “I want to do this” list.  Well…I actually checked 2 off as they kind of go hand in hand.  Home-made pasta and sauce!  I’ve never made either before and have wanted to for a long time.  There is nothing like fresh pasta and sauce…such good memories of eating it by the plateful on New Years morning. *Drooool*

I did some online searching on my favorite sites and decided to try these recipes from The Pioneer Woman: Pasta, Sauce

I doubled the pasta recipe and halved the sauce.  I also used whole wheat flour instead of regular. I couldn’t decide which photo of the flour and eggs to post so…here are both 🙂

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Rochester, NY Photographer

First I made a little well for the eggs…and then started kneading.

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It took a while, but eventually I got it to the photo on the left – nice and smooth.  I rolled it out really thin and cut it into strips.  Just like the recipe said, the noodles puff up once cooked.  I can see how a pasta machine would be helpful to get it to the right thickness, but if you’re not picky don’t spend the money.

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Rochester, NY Photographer

Rochester, NY Photographer

As a side I found some spinach and leftover jarred salsa (canned from this book) so I mixed them together and saved the calories of using dressing!

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Olive bread from The Village Bakery – this place is to DIE for.  Jay and I go for lunch…or really at any time we can think up an excuse…all the time.

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And here’s the final product!  The sauce was fantastic – I highly recommend it.  Lots of flavors and textures.  The pasta was….ok. I have to admit, I didn’t love it as much as the other boys in the house did.  It didn’t have a ton of taste and was too thick for me.  Not what I was looking for, but still decent.  If anyone has a pasta recipe please comment below!!

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