Spinach Pasta

If you have been eyeing the pasta attachments for the Ankarsrum mixer, February may be the month you want to make those homemade pasta dreams come true.  Technically prices go up on the lasagnafettuccine, and tagliatelle attachments this month, but they are on sale all of February for the old price.  Also, if you buy all three together this month, you can get them for $279.95.  These attachments are some of my favorites and always a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  There is something magical and fun about making your own noodles, and what kid doesn’t love pasta?  What adult doesn’t for that matter?  A while back, I did a basic pasta dough recipe.  That is still my standard go-to, but I decided to branch out into flavored noodles in honor of this month’s sale: spinach pasta dough.

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Pierogi, A carb lovers dream!

 

I’m convinced that my love for potatoes has been passed down from generation to generation.  From the German heritage coursing through my veins on my dad’s side and the fiery Irish blood from my mom’s side, I was destined to love this very simple food.  As a teenager I remember thinking there was nothing better than a thick slice of bread, a healthy chunk of cheese and potato in some form.  I apparently have passed along this desire for potatoes to my children because my daughter Kathryn’s nickname among some of her friends is “potato”.  I don’t think she has met a potato she didn’t like, and who could fault her for that? I agree 100% with her.

One night while watching a cooking show on television, I saw something I had never seen before.  A pierogi grilled cheese sandwich.  My interest was immediately peaked as all of my favorite things were being combined into one mouth watering bite of deliciousness.  Bread, CHECK, cheese, CHECK, potato pierogi, DOUBLE CHECK.  At the same time, I was sad to say that I had never had a pierogi.  What was this and why had I never had it before?  Here is what I discovered.

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Four Cheese Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived (hooray!) and what a great month to break out the pasta attachments.  I love the cooler days of fall and adding hearty comfort food into the dinner rotation.  Nothing says comfort food to me like a big serving of cheesy pasta!  I like traditional lasagna, but I LOVE nixing the meat and tomato sauce and adding some veggies and a big dose of cheese.  This dish not only has ricotta and smoked Gouda layered between the noodles, but also a delicious coating of cheese sauce made with goat’s milk Gouda and baby Swiss.  Cheese lovers’ heaven!

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