Valentine’s day is less than a week away and if you are stuck on something to do with your sweetie, I’ve got an idea. Get in the kitchen together and make an authentic Italian dinner. And you can’t get more authentic then fresh homemade pasta. I made pasta just yesterday. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make pasta. It is shockingly easy. It’s really fun. And taking the first bite of a freshly made pasta, that you yourself made, well, that is pretty darn awesome.
I did a little bit of research before making this pasta. I read up on the history of pasta, basic pasta recipes, and what kinds of flour to use. Most recipes I came across called for regular all purpose flour but others called for semolina flour. Semolina flour is made from durum wheat and has the highest amount of gluten. Pasta made with semolina tends to be a bit firmer than pasta made with only all purpose flour. When I set out to make mine, I decided to do a mixture of both using half all purpose and half semolina flour. The result was a tender yet firm pasta that I know I will be making again and again.