A Taste of Italy: Fresh Homemade Pasta

Jan 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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It’s no secret that one of Italy’s finest delicacies is pasta. In every shape and form, it’s pretty difficult to find someone who isn’t a fan of this versatile, delicious and filling food!

A few months ago, my mom and I decided to put our cooking skills to the test and try to make one of my favorite dishes from Italy: gnocchi alla sorrentina — which I wrote about here. I think we did a pretty good job, and it's always nice to eat some food that reminds me of my semester in the amazing city of Florence.

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I was lucky enough to enjoy some time at home with my family during the holiday season, so my mom and I decided to cook together again. We chose pasta, but this time we wanted to make some fettuccine.

We found a simple recipe in one of my mom’s cookbooks and decided to break out the pasta maker. Though the recipe only consists of a few basic ingredients, the process of actually making the pasta is quite long. Between mixing the ingredients and forming the dough, flattening it out, and putting it through the pasta maker, it took close to an hour.

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I must say, however, that the whole process was definitely worth the time and effort. Since it's been quite some time since I've had homemade/authentic pasta, I had forgotten how different it is than store-bought pasta. It may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but I could taste the freshness in each bite.

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We topped the pasta off with some chicken marsala, one of my favorite dishes. Though that's not a “traditional” Italian meal, it paired very well with the pasta and it made me miss being in Florence, where fresh pasta was much more accessible.

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While it may never compete with pasta in Italy, I think it’s safe to say that actually making the pasta yourself tastes a lot better than buying it from the supermarket. Though it’s a time-consuming process and you’d need to have the proper equipment, it’s worth it!

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I’m excited to (try to) make some more of my favorite Italian dishes. It’s always nostalgic to think back on all the fresh and delicious food I consumed while in Florence, and it’s a fun challenge for me to attempt to recreate each of them.

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Thanks Emily!

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Topics: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad