Marlena Chestnut ShifflettIn the pursuit of frugality and self-sufficiency, I realized that the first thing I needed to take a good hard look at was my shopping cart. I quickly realized that two of the most frequently purchased items are pasta and bread. I was already enrolled in a bread-making lesson with a local farmer, but was uncertain about making pasta at home. With a little motivation and reassurance from my good friend Danielle, who said she had complete faith in my abilities, I decided to give it a shot. I tend to never do anything the “normal” way, so at a little past midnight one night, my husband and I decided to break out the pasta maker that had been a gift several years back, but had never been used. The pasta maker, of course, did not come with a recipe, so I found one online that seemed simple enough. Once I got started I couldn’t stop!

Several hours later, just shy of the sun coming back up, I had pasta drying on every flat surface of my kitchen. We made fettuccine, spaghetti, rigatoni and lasagna noodles. No fancy pasta dryer necessary, I laid them out to dry on baking sheets, and a make shift rack I created out of a large pot with a wooden spoon resting across it.





4/10/2014 7:53:44 PM

I knew you could do it! I am so proud of you and Doug! I so think we should do this with the moms!

4/10/2014 7:30:45 AM

Marlena, wow, that's a lot of pasta. I'm not sure that I've ever eaten home made pasta. The closest thing to pasta that Mom made was home made noodles for the soup. That was awesome. Pasta making sounds like it's a bit time consuming for me. I'm sure you will be making more now that you have done it once. One taste of home made anything and a person will get hooked. ***** Have a great pasta time day.

4/6/2014 12:08:31 PM

What pasta machine doid you use?

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