Sunday, October 11, 2009
National Pasta Month!
But it certainly warrants a mention and a few recipes in its honor, don't you think?
To kick it off, we broke out the hand-crank cavatelli maker that I ordered from eBay. The little macchinetta is a classic, conceived by an Italian immigrant to Cleveland, Ohio who started the Vitantonio Company and built a business of providing pasta-making products to the Little Italy community.
It's a very simple contraption: you make up the pasta dough, roll it into ropes, and feed it into the machine while turning the handle. Out pop perfectly-formed cavatelli, ready to to be boiled and topped with sugo!
My cousin Celia turned me on to this little gem; she has become something of a cavatelli collector. Her dad has a real beauty, one of the original cast iron oldies, still in perfect working condition.
Yesterday was the first trial run for our newly-acquired macchinetta. It performed very well, I'm happy to say. Cavatelli transport us right to the Motherland, as it is one of the most common pastas found in Basilicata. They are made from farina di semola, hard durum wheat which is milled more finely than the semolina flour you usually find in the US, salt and water. It's not an egg pasta.
What is your favorite pasta type or shape?