By now it’s no secret that I make pizza.
I’ve been making pizza for nearly all my adult life off and on. I love pizza. In fact I love it so much I can eat it every day and much of the time do but apart from making spanakopita and a few other Greek delicacies I have zero knowledge as a baker.
Even as I write this I acknowledge the fact that I am no baker. Last year I couldn’t even make a fococcia.
Yeah, one track mind I guess but now I am expanding and having fun doing so.
Not too much expansion, just more of what I am doing. I went crazy last year looking for another pasta machine and finally bought a cheap one to replace the good one that was stolen from me years ago.
It did well and I made a ton of pasta, lasagna and all.
Then I bought a better machine and am still making pasta all the time. It’s just a bit easier.
Pasta machine with ravioli maker attachment
I am constantly looking for ways to improve.
I should slow down long enough to explain that I make most of the pasta the old way.
That is to say I still roll mine and cut it with a knife.
Same with my ravioli.
I roll it, then either cut them with a special cutting die or I roll them out with a special rolling pin.
Heheh, I lay the dough out over a tray, fill the depressions then covering with another layer of dough I roll over the top, cutting through, and in seconds, it’s ravoli.
Yeah, I make all kinds of stuff now and without a torch too.
I gotta tell you that making pasta is a very simple process.
The basics are so simple you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along.
There are finesse-points you will pick up but right off you can begin feeding your family
fresh homemade pasta without preservatives, etc.
The beautiful part of the whole idea is it only takes minutes, not hours and if you have a stand mixer it will take less time still.
I have been known to spend large amounts of money on dry store bought pasta, already a year or more old.
No wonder it takes so long to cook and never really tastes like pasta.
To this day I still have store boughts in my larder, wagon wheels and such.
Some of you folks want new ways to turn a buck and here is one staring you straight in the face!
A good pasta extruder like DOLLY can turn out enough pasta to supply a major super market store.
Every type of pasta and the DOLLY has other uses too.
Not a toy at approximately $4000.00 but in the right place used by the right person I think this is an automatic business.
I nearly bought one last year for myself, just to play with.
I would be sitting on 1000 pounds of pasta by now and still cranking it out.
Yeah, pasta is great and you don’t even need a machine of any kind to make it.
You can mix the dough by hand quickly and roll it out then cut it all by yourself and this pasta cooks in just a few minutes, not twenty plus minutes and the flavor is unmatched.
Make pasta tonight, you’ll be glad you did.