Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Girls Night In :: Tahoe Pasta Making Party

Instead of a "Girls Night Out" last Friday I hosted a "Girls Night In" with a few of my foodie friends to learn how to make pasta. Yup that's right we learned how to make pasta from scratch. Over the summer my girlfriend Arica spent six weeks cooking and eating in Italy and well we tested her skills Friday night. The night was compete with  delicious food, wine and good company. I can't wait to do it again. We learned how to make three different types of pasta and sauces. I'm still dreaming about it.

The menu included Pici (above) with Sausage Sauce, Gnocchi al Pesto and Spinach Ravioli. I'm not sure if I can pick a favorite.

We hand mixed the Pici and Spinach Ravioli dough (above), let it sit for about 15-30 minutes,  then used the pasta maker to roll the dough and cut the Pici (below).

Natasha, DaNae' and Lyndsay

A few hours and a couple glasses of wine later we were ready to dine.

Dinner is ready

What a great way to get the girls together on a Friday night. I would say pasta making was a success. Arica's ready to teach you and your friends how to make pasta too.

Gnocchi al Pesto

30 basil leaves
45 grams Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 garlic clove
15 grams walnuts or pine nuts
30 grams parmesan

Wash the basil leaves and pat dry. Place the basil, EVOO, garlic and nuts in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree. Add the cheese in last and pulse a few more times until smooth.

500 grams of potatoes
150 grams of flour
1 egg

Boil the potatoes with the skin on starting from cold water. Once they very soft, peel them. Mash the potatoes very thoroughly with a food mill, food processor or potato ricer. Mix the flour, potato, salt and egg together until smooth. Roll the dough into long round stripes and then cut the gnocchi. Place in boiling water, when they float they are ready.