Pasta party!

Christie and I really enjoyed our pasta making class and decided to try it on our own last night.  Well, on our own but with our husbands and kids.  It turned into a really fun group activity.  You need a pasta machine but other than that, it is pretty straightforward.  Per serving, you combine 1/2 cup flour and an egg.  Everyone got their own bowl to mix their pasta dough with a fork.  After it’s well mixed, you knead it into a ball and then start feeding it through the rollers getting progressively thinner and dipping in flour until it is no longer sticky.  You then lay out the sheets to dry and roll them through the cutters or rough cut them.  I made my mushroom sauce which was well received.  I also found some lemon pesto in the freezer so we tossed some of the pasta with that also.  Here is the mushroom pasta recipe and some pictures.

Pasta with Mushrooms

  • 1 shallot minced 1 oz dried Porcini mushrooms
  • 12 oz assorted mushrooms (I used oyster, white mushrooms and shiitake last night)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB butter
  • pasta of your choice (we used fettucini)
  • grated Parmesan cheese
Combine chicken stock and white wine and bring to a boil.  Add dried porcini mushrooms and cook for 4 -5 minutes.  Pour through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove grit, reserving liquid.  Rinse porcini mushrooms and chop.
Clean mushrooms and chop.  Melt 1 TB butter with olive oil and saute shallots until soft.  Add mushrooms and saute about 5 minutes.  Add chopped porcini mushrooms and saute about 3 minutes.  Add reserved cooking liquid and heat about 3 minutes.  Turn off heat and add remaining TB butter.
Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain and combine with sauce and a little of the cooking water.  Serve and top with Parmesan cheese.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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