We love filled pasta such as ravioli or tortellini, but, to be honest, sometimes it just takes too much time to make dozens and dozens of them. If only there were a large filled-pasta shape that we could make, oh, perhaps, 15 to 20, and be done with it. Not surprisingly, there is such a pasta shape.
It’s been a while since we showed you how to shape a type of pasta, so we thought that we’d cover making scarpinocc. It’s a filled pasta — the original recipe we saw called for tallagio cheese and black pepper — similar to the caramelle we’ve made in the past, but a little easier. Our filling was a simple goat cheese and pumpkin filling that we mixed up quickly in a food processor: about a cup of drained pumpkin, 6 ounces of fresh goat cheese, a couple of eggs, basil, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to use a filling that you like.
From time to time, we mention that it’s possible to make fettuccine entirely by hand, and, we blithely state something along the lines of, roll out the pasta dough and cut it into fettuccine, without having a clue about the difficulty. That’s because we just use our pasta machine (we love it and use it about once a week), but we thought, what if we’re telling all our followers who don’t own a pasta machine to do something that’s really difficult? So, to check, we made fettuccine entirely by hand, and it was …
We’re leading up to another dish that comes from our trip to New York, so bear with us. Today we’re going to make a new pasta shape: trenette. We’re always on the lookout for new pasta shapes to make, and this one’s pretty easy. As easy as fettuccine, mainly because it seems to be nothing more than a thicker version of fettuccine.
As dedicated readers of Scratchin’ It, you know we love to make pasta. Especially if the shape of the pasta is something we can form without the aid of a machine like an extruder or a pasta roller. Why? Well, we really think that fresh pasta is something everyone should make from time to time, and shapes that can be made by hand put pasta-making in everyone’s wheelhouse.
Can you guess what “bottone” means? We thought so, just from the picture. This is another in our ongoing series of pasta shapes, and we think that it’s one of the cutest. Plus, it’s pretty easy to make these bottone for your dinner.