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 lasagna, fettuccine, 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.
The first time I made homemade pasta, I was twelve years old. My Grandma Pack was coming for a visit and I was determined to impress her with my culinary skills. I didn’t have any fancy equipment, just a rolling pin, a knife and hours of time. I painstakingly followed the instructions from a cookbook I had checked out from the library, and not only made noodles but also made sauce from a pile of tomatoes and some fresh basil I had picked from the garden. While a little on the rustic side (a rolling pin, come on!), I remember that pasta tasting so good and getting immense satisfaction from preparing a meal for people I loved, even if it had taken me all afternoon. My grandma kindly told me it was some of the best pasta she had eaten, and she’d traveled all over the world.
Once I was married I got a pasta roller and my husband and I would sometimes open a bottle of wine and spend a couple hours making homemade ravioli or lasagna. I eventually bought a motor for it to speed up the process, but making pasta was still something reserved for weekends and slow afternoons.
When I started testing recipes for this post I set aside an entire afternoon to begin but was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it all came together. Instead of just making the lasagna I had intended for dinner, I started cranking out fettuccini, spaghetti and bucatini. Homemade pasta dinner in less than an hour? Yes, please!!