Homemade pasta is not a regular thing around here. In fact, pasta is often one of those “I can’t think of anything else to make,” quick dinners, that gets thrown together in as fast as it takes for the noodles to cook. However, when I have a little forethought and time, fresh pasta is a whole other experience than that quick dinner. The texture of fresh pasta can’t be beat, but even more, being able to stuff your pasta with whatever you want changes everything. Like dumplings, fresh, homemade stuffed pasta is not even close to what you buy at the store. You can taste what’s inside. These ricotta and basil tortellini therefore taste like just that: ricotta and basil.
I’ve mentioned a number of times how obsessed I am with Masterchef Australia. I actually applied to Masterchef Canada (which is quite different) but didn’t get past the interview round. Oh well. The point is, I realized that if I were to ever aspire to any sort of Masterchef dream I would have to learn the basics, sans recipe. I noticed that some people go on the show (not the Australian version) and don’t know a basic pasta or pie dough or cake recipe. Isn’t it obvious that something of that sort is going to come up?
A few months ago we went to a movie and didn’t eat dinner beforehand. We ended up getting home close to midnight and were both starving. For some reason we were both craving pasta with creamy tomato sauce. I threw something together as quickly as possible and it was completely terrible. Like, inedible. I don’t know why, but I put tarragon in it. It was so gross. I was hungry so I ate a bit and I watched my boyfriend scarf it down in awe, didn’t he realize it was so disgusting? Anyway, he did. He was also just really hungry. Needless to say my craving for creamy tomato sauce wasn’t fulfilled.