Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Simple Pasta Not Quite Homemade

I know that I told you all how excited I was to get my KitchenAid Pasta Kit. And, truly, I am, but now I have to share a little known fact about me...

Big sigh as I reveal one of my quirks...

This isn't the first time that when I finally get some kitchen equipment...something I've been craving for sits, surrounded by cookbooks on my table...sometime for weeks before I actually use it.

There's always a rationale of course. I've decided that I need a day unencumbered with meetings, outings (like yesterday when my daughter and I went out with the boys), babysitting (Boaz is coming over today), me out, here...I need more excuses!...before I really focus on actually making the pasta.

I've already cuddled my two attachments, actually fit them in my big, gorgeous KitchenAid Stand Mixer, read the manual...several times. I've flipped through a number of magazines and cookbooks looking for the perfect sauce ...nothing too flavorful that will hide the true essence of the pasta itself.

But, no time to actually make any pasta and the deadline for this week's Presto Pasta Night is fast upon me...Pam of Sidewalk Shoes is hosting and I wanted to get something to her. So I'm sitting here writing, and trying not to look at my attachments, sitting within arms reach, to tell you (in a whisper, so as not to hurt their feelings), that I made a fresh pasta dish last night that took the time to boil water plus 2 minutes....seriously!

I've written before about my pantry & fridge staples, so it's no surprise that my new fave "Must Have" is the President's Choice Porcini Mushroom Tortelloni and I happened to have some in the fridge. Lucky me, there was a recipe on the back for a stunning (and so simple it's scary) browned butter & sage sauce.

Porcini Tortelloni with Brown Butter & Sage Sauce

Oh...I did use the big, black and beautiful KitchenAid Slotted Spoon that came in the kit...does that count?

Don't forget to send your pasta entries to Pam of Sidewalk Shoes at morefromscraps(at)comcast(dot)net and cc me too please: ruth(at)4everykitchen(dot)com

Guidelines to share your pasta dishes.

And if you'd like to host a Presto Pasta Night Roundup yourself, just send me an email


Joanne said...

I do that exact same thing whenever I get new cooking-ware. I feel like I've built up all of this momentum towards getting it that actually using it seems really daunting, and all of the conditions need to be perfect. Tortelloni is still an excellent choice, though.

Patsyk said...

ssshhhhh! I won't tell, if you don't! ;) I haven't even made a pasta dish this week, and I really wanted to so I could participate! Next week for sure!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

If I had a pasta maker I am sure it would languish in the back of the cupboard with my other appliances....but I would love to have one:D