Posted by: Kennedy | February 21, 2011

Dinner Club: A night of Pasta-bilities

Though I still don’t have any cheese in my fridge, this week was decidedly non-vegan. It started off with cheesy, meaty, veggie pizza on Monday…

Followed by a festive cupcake brought in by a thoughtful classmate on Tuesday…

And I closed off the week with a very special Dinner Club night with Joanna and Sampson. We put Jo’s pasta maker to the test – and it passed with flying colours.

Admittedly, we were all a little nervous about attempting the feat of creating pasta from scratch – so many things could go wrong. We could use too much water. It could be too crumbly. We could stretch it too thin. It could sink to the bottom of the pot. The risk potential was high, so Jo made sure to have some ‘back-up pasta’ on hand, just in case.

Making the dough was impossibly simple – throw an egg, a cup of flour, one tablespoon of olive oil, and a half-teaspoon of salt into a bowl. Knead it with your hands, adding a tablespoon of water at a time – it takes about 5 tablespoons before it sticks together in one big doughy blob.

Then we had to let it sit for 45 minutes – which meant lots of time for wine-sipping and chit-chatting. We made ourselves some delicious bruschetta as an appetizer.

We also stuck two giant chicken breasts in the oven to bake.

This recipe is all about timing and multitasking – perfect when you have six hands in the kitchen.

Finally, the dough was ready and it was time for the fun part.

Slowly…. Surely…

Coolest. Kitchen appliance. Ever.

Meanwhile, Sampson got our sauce going with some onions, garlic, bell peppers, homemade oven-dried tomatoes (amazing!), and cream, with the last of our first bottle of white wine thrown in for good measure.

We added the chicken, mixed in our cooked pasta and served with a basil garnish.

I have to say, it kind of took my breath away. What a difference fresh pasta makes!

And of course, food made with love always tastes fantastic.

Thanks for another delicious night ladies!

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Responses

  1. wow, that meal looks sooooo scrumptious!!!!! Now i know what to get you for Christmas 2011!!

  2. Dinner club sounds so fun! My best friend from college does that and loves it!

    • It’s a great way to try out a new food or recipe, especially if it’s a bit trickier or time-consuming to prepare. Plus you get to hang out with friends without spending lots of $$ at a restaurant. It’s win-win!

  3. That sounds like a perfect meal. I like to think I know a thing or 2 about making pasta sauce but it never occurred to me to make my own pasta. Amazing.

    Keep it up Kennedy. You always make me hungry.

    • Thanks Pat! It was a bit of work, but everything was totally worth it. Making your own pasta sauce is awesome too!


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