I’m not sure exactly why, but one day I had it in my head that I wanted to try making lasagna from scratch…as in, the flat pasta sheets. I think part of it is how easy it is to use the new pasta making attachments I have and since the pasta sheets turn out so smooth from it, I thought it might be quite doable. I did technically skip making the sauce from scratch this time, but you could totally use homemade sauce, too. I just wanted to limit my variables slightly to see how it would go.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I was super excited about a Christmas present from my husband K. Pasta maker attachments for my stand mixer! I’ve been making pasta with my by-hand pasta machine, but it’s been difficult and messy. The main issue is that I couldn’t attach the machine to my countertop because my counter is too thick for it. So, I end up trying to hold it in place while cranking the pasta. And, it is still pretty easy, but you obviously need a little muscle effort (maybe a fancier one is better, but mine was only $40 at a discount store), which is difficult when trying to hold a wobbly machine. Well, I heard the stand mixer attachments worked well, but I didn’t want to spend $150 on them.
This should have been a simple recipe, but I had some trouble at the grocery stores. Yes, plural. First, I only bought half of the prosciutto needed, because I had sticker shock and couldn’t fathom the possibility that the one package was not enough. Oops. Well, not really an oops since I decided to make it work. I did a single batch of pasta, then ended up having enough sauce leftover to make some more pasta to coat with the rest. Soooo, I made the recipe below reflect the “half” amount. In case you’re thinking I’m part-vegetarian (not that such a thing exists), K also agreed that it was enough. You got the flavor, you got some meat in most bites, and it was satisfying. Especially because the pasta is so eggy and rich.
I am already at 5 different revisions on this post because it has been that many times I have attempted to sit down and start writing. Each time I get a few minutes in, the Fudgelet has woken up. Not sure what is going on with him lately, but it has made it difficult to write a cohesive post. Hopefully it makes sense and is readable, because I am getting tired of reading the same few sentences I started with over and over trying to remember what I wanted to say next! 🙂
This was a recipe I partially sketched out ahead of time, and partially did in the moment. It was a nice, light dish that was filling but perfect for a warm day. If you don’t have asparagus, you could swap in a different vegetable such as broccoli. I would recommend steaming the broccoli first, then adding it in near the end.
You might be thinking that I already made this, or something really close. But it turns out that making pasta with a pasta maker is even more fun than cutting it out by hand. I have Lisa to thank for this, since she was the one who first showed me how to use a pasta maker, and helped me buy one! My mom owned a pasta maker (I forget who bought it for her) but the directions for setting it up were in a language none of us knew, and it wasn’t Italian. This was also before we had the Internet, so we couldn’t just scan the directions and translate it. Sorry, kids of the future. So, it gathered dust and I don’t even know if my dad has it anymore.