Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Italian Pasta Party at Viking Cooking School

I had a blast last night at Viking Cooking School!  One of my Before I'm 30 goals was to make pasta from scratch.  And while I attempted homemade noodles for Thanksgiving, it wasn't successful enough for me to feel good about it.  So I decided to take a class to learn what I was doing wrong.

I really appreciated the methods that our instructor showed us, because even when the recipe called for a food processor (which I don't have) he showed us we could make the dough by hand.  We learned the very basics, and in the end, that pasta was INSANE.  So good, tender, and fresh.  How can I ever eat boxed pasta again?

We made spinach & ricotta ravioli, fettucine pasta, alfredo sauce, pomodoro sauce, and meatballs.  Yum!  The simmering pomodoro sauce with meatballs smelled so good.  And aside from the pasta maker, I had every single tool necessary to make everything in the class.

So now I just need to figure out if I should pony up some money to invest in a hand cranked pasta machine, or the $190 for the Kitchenaid attachment...  which I really want!  I try not to eat pasta very often anymore, but when I do, why not make it fresh?

Need.  Okay, want.
I can't say enough good things about Viking Cooking School.  It's pricey, but I have learned a skill in every class that I can take home and help me in my own kitchen.  Of course, the showroom has me drooling over $10,000 stoves, but I really enjoy learning and choosing my next class.  I consider it an investment, because cooking at home really can save you money.  And if I start making fresh pasta?  We won't be heading to an Olive Garden or Carrabba's ever again.  Plus I'll be doing Grandma's noodle recipe some justice!

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