Calling All Pasta Lovers, Everywhere!

 

Anyone who’s worried about carbohydrates, please take a step back.

Three cheers for the “Pasta Grannies” YouTube channel, and for the old ladies who show us how it’s done. It’s a really good look for social isolation, and for nourishing, filling meals during a time of trouble.

As someone who’s had a manual “pasta” machine for years, as well as the KitchenAid mixer attachment for the same (OMG, the lasagne made according to their recipe is out of this world), I find this refreshing, original, and fun. I do recommend the purchase of good pasta flour (sometimes available on Amazon), and following the directions as given.

Note to self: A search for “pasta flour” on Amazon at the moment brings up many “currently unavailable” results. People. Go to war with the army you have. “All-purpose” and “bread” flour will do the job. Until you can do it properly and in the way your (perhaps imaginary) Italian grandmother would have ordered.

Go, Nonnas! Enjoy!

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  1. JustmeinAZ Member
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    I must be in an extreme minority. I don’t care for almost any pasta dish or most noodles. When Mr AZ wants spaghetti and meatballs I make a meatball sandwich with the garlic bread. And I have made homemade pasta before. It was better than commercial but still not my cup of tea. I’ll take enchiladas over any pasta dish. Ooops, sorry! You called for pasta lovers.

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  2. SkipSul Inactive
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    I must be in an extreme minority. I don’t care for almost any pasta dish or most noodles. When Mr AZ wants spaghetti and meatballs I make a meatball sandwich with the garlic bread. And I have made homemade pasta before. It was better than commercial but still not my cup of tea. I’ll take enchiladas over any pasta dish. Ooops, sorry! You called for pasta lovers.

    I’m kinda in the same boat myself.  Never a big fan of pasta except here and there.

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  3. RightAngles Member
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    I love pasta! My next-door neighbor and good friend Maria is a great Italian cook, and she invites me over for dinner practically every night. After she moved in I gained 11 pounds haha. Wait why am I laughing. Maria has her own pasta maker thing. She serves some kind of pasta dish with every meal including Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.

     

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  4. She Reagan
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    I think I have an elastic definition of pasta, which incorporates so many ethnic dishes from actual Italian to things like “halushki,” Polish pork, cabbage, and noodles.  My appreciation of the Italian Nonnas is but one aspect.

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  5. Hang On Member
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    Italian, Thai, Indian (Bengali), Russian and Chinese. Good cuisines use noodles.

    Edit: I forgot Vietnamese. Pho on a cold day is great.

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  6. She Reagan
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Italian, Thai, Indian (Bengali), Russian and Chinese. Good cuisines use noodles.

    Edit: I forgot Vietnamese. Pho on a cold day is great.

    Agree on all counts.  There’s a lovely little restaurant in Pittsburgh called the Spice Island Tea House.  I hope I can go there again one day.  The place is so small that if they do “social distancing,” there’s probably only room for one table.  Their menu is out of this world, and has many wonderful noodle dishes and soups.  

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  7. Zafar Member
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    Now I’m hungry.

    Some non-Coc compliant nonnas on food here.

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  8. She Reagan
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Now I’m hungry.

    Some non-Coc compliant nonnas on food here.

    😂 

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  9. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Dead links.

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  10. KentForrester Moderator
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    You love food and cooking so much, She, that I bet all those around you roll instead of walk. 

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  11. Samuel Block Support
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    I’m of the opinion that noodles should be as skinny as possible. I’m talking mai fun skinny. 

    No exceptions! 

    I don’t know if this makes me a pasta lover or hater…

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  12. Samuel Block Support
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You love food and cooking so much, She, that I bet all those around you roll instead of walk.

    Walk, or wok?

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  13. She Reagan
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Dead links.

    They weren’t dead when I wrote the post and it was on the member feed.

    Since the recent update, I cannot correct the problem  myself, (although I can see what it is), without the post automatically reverting to the member feed.

    So I am requesting that @max, @bethanymandel, @jon fix this problem as soon as possible.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    UPDATE:  Looks like the problem is widespread, so I am reporting it as a bug.

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  14. She Reagan
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You love food and cooking so much, She, that I bet all those around you roll instead of walk.

    Thanks, @kentforrester.  I love to cook.  And over the years I’ve seen many quotes about love and cooking.  My favorite might be from Sophia Loren, who said “The most indispensable ingredient of good home cooking is love for those you’re cooking for.”  Of course, she also said “Everything I am, I owe to pasta.”  (As can be seen from this post, I really took this one to heart.)  A  great lady.  I wrote a post (of course I did) about here, here (including the link just to see if it works).

    Even such august and magisterial writers about food as the NYT’s Craig Claiborne said things like “cooking done with care is an act of love.”

    Carry that to its logical extension and you end up with something like, “Better cooks make better lovers,” right?  Works for me.

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  15. Percival Thatcher
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    For those unwilling to wait: edit the URL that you are directed to by deleting everything prior to and including “”/.

    EDIT: In addition, for the YouTube link, delete the double quotes at the end of the URL.

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  16. She Reagan
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    Percival (View Comment):

    For those unwilling to wait: edit the URL that you are directed to by deleting everything prior to and including “”/.

    Yeah, that’ll work.  Just be aware that if a member does that on a post that’s been promoted to the main feed, the post will  be moved back to the member feed, per a coding change Max says he made last week.

    So I’m going to wait for a response on this one.

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  17. WilliamDean Coolidge
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Italian, Thai, Indian (Bengali), Russian and Chinese. Good cuisines use noodles.

    Edit: I forgot Vietnamese. Pho on a cold day is great.

    Bun on a warm day even better!

    And I gleaned a recipe off the net for ziti with keilbasa and sauerkraut in a dijon mustard and white wine sauce that’s killer.

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