My wife just got me the pasta attachment for our kitchen aid so the first pasta I wanted to try was a great spaghetti with tomato sauce. I wanted to get some great depth of flavor in this simple dish so I decided to roast the tomatoes for the sauce. Lina’s cousin has a great recipe so that was the base for the sauce.
First thing was to make the pasta, I used a basic recipe of egg, flour, water, and salt to make the dough. The great thing about the kitchen aid is that everything can be done in the mixer, from the mixing to the initial kneading (you need to to do a bit by hand), then the actual pasta making. After running the dough through the flat pasta roller to get the desired thickness, I ran it though the spaghetti cutter, and voila, fresh pasta. Throw a little flower on it a let it dry for an hour.
Next step was to roast the tomatoes. Here is the recipe, I didn’t have a jalepeno so I added red pepper flakes instead. After they are roasted and get some color on them I transferred them to a large pot and immersion blended the tomatoes to get a nice pureed sauce.
So after the sauce was pureed I cooked up the pasta. The great thing about fresh pasta it only takes 2-3 minutes to cook. I then added a little bit of sauce to the pasta (a little goes a long way, it’s all about a balance about the pasta and sauce) and was ready to serve. I grated some Parmesan on top and this was it. Delicious fresh pasta, with awesome tomato sauce. The pasta was creamy and delicate while the sauce added a great depth of flavor from the roasting and the added pepper flakes. If you have the option of making fresh pasta you have to do it, there is no comparison.