Italian, from scratch

We have really been on an Italian food kick...hmmmm...Super Mario Bros anyone?

Seriously, we have had a major craving.  The other night Ryan had some cheese tortellini at La Barca, so we got the crazy idea to make cheese tortellini at home.  My grandmother bought us a pasta roller/machine for our wedding, and we had never used it, so we thought we could give it a try.

We searched the internet for recipes since our cookbooks did not seem to have a recipe for the actual tortellini.  After a quick search, I found this on yahoo!answers.  As it seems, the question of asking for a recipe for tortellini from scratch will bring a response for store bought tortellini in a sauce made from scratch and so this person had to actually clarify what FROM SCRATCH means.  And so we had this Alton Brown recipe for homemade cheese tortellini.  We made a tomato sauce from the Betty Crocker cookbook.  I liked that recipe best because it used kalamata olives.  Here are the pics to show our homemade Italian adventure. 

Now, I will say that the recipe did not say it would yake us all night, but we did not eat dinner until 11:55 pm that night.  I was just glad it was not the next day when dinner was served.  Next time I swear it will not take us 3 1/2 hours to make.

I gave the Slap Chop a whirl.  Yes, it worked great on garlic...not so much later on with tomatoes.



Stewed Italian style tomatoes and seasonings.

Then some fresh tomataoes were diced and added.

With my favorite...kalamatas!

Dough time.  I think this is where we ran into trouble.

This was a NO NO!  We did this before reading the directions carefully.  This did not count as adding the liquid slowly.  So we threw this out and tried again.

Dough was a success...eventually!

Filling time...

Stuffin' time...

We actually did use the pasta machine roller on the dough after some trial and error action.


Impressively they stayed together.

Dinner was served, just shy of tomorrow.  Served complete with some of that sun dried tomato and mozzarella bread I made.

This is a pic to show the candle light dinner we enjoyed.

Ah, the finished product.

I would love to say we are all Italian-ed out, but we have so much sauce left over, so there will be more pasta to be enjoyed.

QUESTION:  Have you ever made homemade pasta...from scratch?

18 comments:

Beth said...

I can't believe you guys made tortelinni from scratch! And they look so perfect! Congratulations! I don't think I'm brave enough to try!

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

WOW good for you!! This looks amazing.. I love spending lots of time just dedicated to food and this meal surely accomplished that! Ive never made pasta from scratch but now Im really tempted too!

Astra Libris said...

Wow, you are INCREDIBLE!! I'm in awe of how perfectly, flawlessly beautiful your tortelinni are! I've never made homemade pasta before, although I've long wanted to try - you are now officially my inspiration! You rock!! :-)

Gina said...

Sadly, I am Italian and have NEVER made homemade pasta! I just wasn't brought up with a big cooking family. My mom wasn't the Italian one, it was my dad. Although my dad's sisters and mother cooked a lot, they usually stuck with the simple Italian dishes, like Wedding soup and lasagna (with noodles bought from the store!). I would love to try one day. You've inspired me! And, the olive are back, YEAH!

Mer said...

of course! sauce too. we have the mixer pasta attachment. check it yo -

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Anonymous said...

That looks AMAZING! I've never made my own pasta from scratch (I've used a machine, but I don't count that), but you made it look really doable! I'm going to have to give this a try!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Great job! I so want to eat that plate of pasta right now...

I only made home-made pasta once. I know what you mean by it taking a long time... While I loved the taste, it just took way too long...

eatingRD said...

I love making homemade pasta! It has such a wonderful spongy texture doesn't it?! mmm looks delish, I'm a big fan of Italian anything :)

Melissa said...

Wow, those look great! I've never attempted to make anything from scratch. I get so nervous!

FoodFitnessFreshair said...

I've always wanted to make pasta from scratch!! I hear it's amazing. I've also seen that Slap Chop thing on tv and have always wanted to try it haha.

*Naomi* said...

SUPER impressed! those look so profesh and delicious! I have never made italian food from stratch at all! i would say its not my 'for-te' I am more mediterrean gal myself

love that slap chop!!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

Homemade pasta from scratch....no ma'am! lol Mine probably wouldn't look that tasty! ;)

I'm sorry, but NO NOVACAINE? I had to have them give me more half way through because I could still feel some of the drilling! I could never go cold turkey! You must be one hard core gal!

Francine said...

The tortellini looks amazing! I'm so impressed!

Anonymous said...

Melinda, this is beyond impressive! You have some mad cooking skills, girl! Oh, and one lucky husband! I am jealous! My hubby's aunt is 100% Italian and makes tortellini from scratch -- hubby says I have to learn how to carry on the family tradition!

Mari said...

Italian is def one of my favorite cuisines...not so nice to my figure but worth every bite lol

sophia said...

FANTASTIC!! I've never made homemade pasta before, but man...you're my hero for attempting tortellinis...They looks so good!

Shannon said...

Wow! My hat is off to you! They look professionally made! I would have eaten off my arm by 11:55pm, but I'm glad all of the hard work paid off!

Julie said...

girl that is SO impressive :) I can't believe you made that from scratch! your hubs is one lucky dude. nothing wrong with leftover sauce!

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