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Making Pasta – Fresh!

During a quiet Sunday, Gary and I decided to teach our two grandchildren the art of making pasta. We have a total of nine grandchildren, but these two are lucky (giggling) that we are staying with them while not in Italy. We thought it would be a fun time for them but it turned out to be an awesome day for us too. It’s quite easy to do and I am puzzled why more people don’t take the time to make it. I guess the box is easier in the long run and don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with a box of pasta!

 

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When we are in Arizona, we are very fortunate to be able to stay with Gary’s daughter, Melanie and her family. Melanie is not a “stepdaughter” to me – she is very special and we share a bond on a higher level than that term implies. We have for years. She also graciously accepted the position of photographer for this post.

 

The Process Begins

I had made the dough earlier in the day. We called the kids to let them know we were ready to begin the fun. I didn’t have to beg Noah to participate but I was sure he was going to pass on the event. I was so thrilled when he said he would like to make pasta with Gary, Avery and I.

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Thanking Noah for participating

 




 

 

We both enjoyed explaining each step and the purpose for taking the time to do it correctly. They were very intrigued by the entire process and I think appreciated the end result more because of it.

Making fresh pasta with family is a special day. ouritalianjourney.com

Gary showing Avery the first step through the machine

 

The folding in the beginning and running it through the machine kneads the dough a little bit more and gets it to the proper width to go easily through the machine.

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Making fresh pasta with family is a special day. ouritalianjourney.com

Teamwork

 

We had Avery and Noah switch jobs during the event. This way they each got a turn in each part of the process.

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Love the concentration!

 

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Making Pasta – Sheets to Fettuccini

Once we finished sheeting the three pounds of pasta, it was time to attach the cutter. We decided to make the wider of the two choices – fettuccini. I think they both liked this part the best! When we are in Italy, I love purchasing and collecting these kitchen tea towels. They are the best for laying out pasta and bread making.

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Final stage running the sheets through the cutter

 

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Making fresh pasta with family is a special day. ouritalianjourney.com

Lego watching over the pasta! I bet I know what’s on her mind!

 

The Final Result

Once the pasta is cut and the strands dried a bit, I usually bundle them in smaller groups so it’s easier to drop into the boiling water. Fresh pasta only takes a few minutes to cook!

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An awesome day with just a little flour on us!

I think we all had a great day together and a memory I will not soon forget!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Bernice Clark
    April 16, 2020 at 8:27 am

    It looks like it was so much fun to make pasta with your grand kids. I taught my grand daughter how to make her great great grandmother Rinella’s Italian meatballs. Now we just need someone to make the sauce and we’ll have a real home made dinner!

    • Reply
      imodica
      April 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you Bernie for the comment! These are memories we will treasure forever – you too!

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