Neil bought me a pasta rolling attachment for my kitchenaide mixture a couple years ago. It was actually a gift for finally completing my financial certification. I have to admit, at first I was a little annoyed by the “gift”….I mean, isn’t it more of a gift for him? Does he expect me to make him fresh pasta on top of all the other home cooked meals I make him? Why not buy me jewelry or a designer bag? Well, Neil knew what he was doing, and he wasn’t being selfish. Any gift at all is a kind gesture, which I lost sight of. Also, he knew how much joy this would bring me. As time would tell, I became obsessed with this gadget and have been playing with it ever since….and yes, I did thank him for it :)
I often dedicate an entire day to making loads of fresh pasta and ravioli. It’s fun, relaxing, and therapeutic. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do, it’s like second nature. It’s also peak tomato season, so it’s the perfect time to show off fresh pasta with a light, refreshing, uncooked tomato sauce. Recently, I made a basil/chive pasta and dressed it with a fresh tomato sauce recipe that I’ve been using for years. Neil calls it “Summer Pasta”, and rightfully so, because it’s a summertime favorite in our house. Hmm…part of me still thinks that this gift wasn’t completely selfless :)
See Fresh Basil & Chive Pasta Recipe!
See Summer Tomato Sauce Recipe!