Back in October when I started this blog one of the first things that I wrote about was trying to replicate my grandmother’s hand made pasta. She made the most incredible hand rolled pasta and although I can make fairly decent noodles, I long for her “jingles” (our family name for macaroni shape). I followed a recipe that I found in Bon Appetit that came from a well known chef from Campania. It was okay, but they weren’t tender enough and I felt they were more like gnocchi, than the melt in your mouth creation of my grandmother. I’m not blaming the recipe. I’m sure his are wonderful. Mine were just too heavy.
The other night I decided it was time to attempt the recipe again. This time I used 00 flour, which is closer to what is used in Italy. I made sure to knead the dough for at least five minutes. It was very smooth and seemed less heavy. I also decided to make them smaller and hoped that they would be lighter. Well, in the end they tasted exactly the same as my last attempt! I will not be discouraged by this. If it means going to my grandmother’s home town and finding some nonna to give me a lesson, I will do it! (Oh, that would be tough duty for me…). Next I am going to try what I think was my grandmother’s recipe. The one I just followed uses water, flour and olive oil. My mother thinks my grandmother used water, flour and egg white. We’ll see what happens!