You may (or may not) have noticed that I’m on a bit of a pasta kick. Last week I made this Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs (carbs+carbs=yes). This week, I stepped it up a notch and made this Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter.
Despite the fact that half of my family is Italian, I didn’t grow up making fresh pasta. Pantry cupboards at my family’s house were filled with blue boxes of Barilla pasta in every shape imaginable. Dried pasta works. It’s even good. But dried pasta isn’t fresh pasta, and it certainly isn’t Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter.
My best excuses for never making fresh pasta were as follows:
Do you relate? It’s difficult to justify buying an expensive pasta machine when you know you’ll rarely have time to make fresh pasta. Which is why I was so thrilled when I read that making fresh pasta can be easy. Like, mix together some egg and flour, roll the dough out real thin, cut it into ribbons with a knife, easy. Fresh pasta. No machine. Not much time. This Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter may cause you to ponder some previously-unencountered existential questions. For example, “Why do we so often overcomplicate food, life, relationships, etc. etc. etc.?” and, “Who is behind the scheme to convince me that I need a $200 Kitchen Aid attachment to make fresh pasta?” and, “How in the world is fresh pasta so good?” Let me assure you that dealing with these life-altering questions is worth it. Why? This:
Thick-cut, perfectly chewy egg noodles are boiled for only two minutes to attain absolute perfection. Then, they’re tossed with a savory scape-garlic compound butter and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Yes, Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter is as good at is looks.
In fact, I’d say that Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter is the only (or at least the best) way to use the scapes from your Tucson CSA share. So, the next time you reach for a box of dried pasta, think back to the photos of this hearty, buttery, easy Fresh Pasta with Scape-Basil Butter and remember: You could be eating that.