One weekend I randomly decided to try to make a different shape of pasta. No particular reason, just felt like making pasta. I am sharing it today in case you decide to make some pasta as a romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day.
I do want to state that I did not make the most beautiful farfalle, but it was a first attempt. And, I also feel it is okay because if it tastes okay and it took some effort, your special someone will probably still appreciate it.
So, looking at the picture above, yes, I should have made them smaller. I always forget that the pasta gets so much bigger when it cooks. At the same time, I was pressed for time and I rushed it a bit.
- Make your pasta dough
- Roll out the dough as thin as you can manage since it will thicken when it cooks
- Cut out small rectangles (you can use a knife or a pizza cutter) about 1 inch by 1/2 inch
- Pinch the top center and bottom center of the long side of the rectangles into each other, then give a twist and pinch it to keep it in that shape
- Have a couple baking sheets ready to place the formed farfalle on, and you can dust them with flour to help keep them from sticking to each other
- Cover the pasta with a clean dish towel until you are ready to cook them
- Cook them for a few minutes until al dente in salted boiling water
- Serve with sauce or a dish of your choosing
What sauce did I use? I browned some ground sausage then sauteed some garlic in olive oil. I mixed it all together with some of the pasta water and blanched broccoli. At the end I added some shredded cheese (Parmesan).