I followed the recipe for Ricotta Cavatelli in Brown Sage Butter with Hot Sausage from the Frankies Spuntino cookbook as closely as possible. It's been a while since I've mentioned the Frankies cookbook around here, how I wish this book were my life, how I wish I lived in the recipes and the list of necessary home kitchen items.
As I do not have any sort of stand mixer device I made my handmade pasta with my hands using the "well" method:
Put my flour on a cutting board:
Made a well in my flour mound:
Beat this egg and ricotta together:
Poured them into the well:
Then I was supposed to gently stir the egg/ricotta mixture and draw in the flour. Instead I wound up casting my egg and cheese out into the flour. I was so upset, I thought the whole thing was ruined. I wanted to throw it out and sit down on the floor and cry. But then I thought, "No. I must go on. I must at least find out if this is salvageable." So I started pushing it together with my hands.
Amazingly, I was able to make a dough ball. I thought it was so cute!
Look how you can barely tell it apart from my cauliflower. Ahem. I said you can Barely Tell It Apart. Don't argue.
Then I cut my dough baby into four equal pieces that I'd later turn into flat snakes. Tapeworms, really.
Then I got out my cavatelli maker. After a little confusion involving the handle being on backwards, I started cranking. And I could not believe it, but the dough went through the machine and came out cavatellis.
Look at these guys! I made them!
I made ALL of them! Looking at all my little cavatellis, I really understood the love a parent must feel for their new born child.
Then I boiled them.
Isn't it so sloppy when people post pictures that they forgot to rotate?
Meanwhile, while all this was happening I was also boiling sausages,
Then browning sausages,
Then cooking butter and sage with the crusty sausage leftovers,
I was also roasting cauliflower but don't have any pictures from inside the oven.
And when everything seemed done I mixed it all together,
And Blammo! Lunch! Dinner! Breakfast*!
Broek liked them. So did Derrin. And me. That's three people that liked the cavatelli, how many more do you need? And as much as I like that the cavatelli tasted good and people liked them, I was most excited about having learned how to do something new. I gained a new skill! Now I daydream about taking my cavatelli machine with me on every trip I take. If you have me over, I will make pasta at your house! Or cabin! Or boss's summer home! That's my new thing now. I travel around and make pasta for people.
Also, the recipe is really spot on. Follow it as closely as possible and everything comes out tasting exactly how I remember it tasting at Frankies.
*Breakfast? Yeah, warmed some up (p.s. I know you're not supposed to have leftover pasta but I did, okay?) and put a fried egg on it. It was the right thing to do, the yolk was right at home on all the cavatellis.