Shaping Orsetti

Shaping Orsetti
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boiling orsetti
Bears in a hot tub? No! Orsetti.

We love to try new shapes for pasta. Sure, it tastes the same, but sometimes it’s just a lot of fun to have something that puts a smile on your face as you eat it. Today, we’ll show you how we made up some small bear shapes, which, when we looked online, might be called Orsetti. We don’t know for sure, but we can still show you how to make them.

This is really a technique more than a recipe, and, if you remember the battini we made one Halloween, you already know how to make these bears.

cutting orsetti
Simply roll out the pasta dough and cut it with a small cookie cutter.

Simply roll out a batch of fresh pasta dough (we worked with about 1/8 of the dough at a time) and use a bear-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a bunch of bears.

drying orsetti
Placing the bears on chopsticks to dry will give them a slight 3D shape.

To give the bears more of a 3-D shape, you can place them over chopsticks to dry. Otherwise, leaving them flat will work, too.

While it seems as though we should have had a honey-based sauce for this pasta, we actually choose to have ours with basil and Parmesan cheese, along with peas and corn. However you have them, we’re sure that you’ll agree these are bear-licious. And, since no one argues with a bear, we’ll all agree that these are five-star shapes!

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