9 Homemade Pastas That Would Make any Italian Grandmother Proud
In theory, homemade pasta sounds like a good idea. Romantic, even. You’ll put on some music, pour yourself a little wine, and — like magic — you’ll end up with beautiful, golden sheets of dough. Tortellini or lasagna, pappardelle or fettuccine — it doesn’t matter. You can do it all, and you’ll put Mario Batali to shame.
This is not usually how pasta making goes. If you’re like us, you end up elbow-deep in flour. There are strings of spaghetti drying on your chairs, your doorknobs, your clothes hangers — and if you don’t have a pasta roller, you probably tried MacGyvering it with a bottle. The good news? Homemade pasta is easier than you think, if you know which shapes to make and the tricks to get you there. So grab a rolling pin (or last night’s wine bottle) — we’re going to make our nonnas proud.
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It’s small. It’s adorable. It’s stuffed with cheese. You can’t help but love gnocchi — and the best part? You can leave your rolling pin in the drawer. Just mix eggs, cheese, flour, and salt and cut into bite-sized pieces. Thanks, Steamy Kitchen!
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Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Once you’ve mastered ricotta gnocchi, step up your pasta game with sweet potato. It’ll add just two more steps — boiling and mashing your potatoes — but it’ll give your pasta a heartier flavor. Wandercrush breaks it down.
After you’ve got your basic dough down pat, feel free to shake things up. Kitchen Confidante adds spinach for a bright, springy pasta.
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Wider than fettuccine but narrower than lasagna, pappardelle is the perfect, everyday pasta to have on hand. Five and Spice serves hers with a zesty puttanesca sauce.
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Tortellini is everything you could want in pasta, all wrapped up in a tidy package. Cut your dough into circles, and then head over to The Kitchn for shaping tips.
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These “little ears” are as forgiving as they are adorable. Simply cut into small slices and press your thumb in the center. Bonus: the cup-like shape is ideal for holding sauces. Thanks, Adventures in Cooking!
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