You love pasta, right? I mean seriously, who doesn't love pasta. I could live on pasta. In fact, I may already live on pasta. Hmmmmmm...that explains a lot.
But I digress...
One of our most popular classes at TKS is our handmade pasta workshop. This is Carla.
Carla teaches our Italian classes. Because she is awesome. And makes great pasta.
In fact, Carla is teaching a handmade pasta class this Thursday, February 21 at 6:30. Don't Lemony Pasta with Asparagus and Fresh Fettuccine Carbonara sound amazing? Totes.
To celebrate Carla's sheer awesomeness, and well, your sheer amazingness, we're giving away two spots in the class. For you and a friend. As in totally free. Noodleishisness...on us. And y'know what? We're making it easy too.
Simply comment on this post and tell me your favorite pasta. That's it. Points awarded for creativeness. Contest ends Tuesday, 2/19 at midnight. Winner will be chosen on awesomeness of answer.
The fine print: There is no cash value for this prize. Zero. You must be able to attend the Handmade Pasta class at The Kitchen Studio Cooking School on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30-9:30p. You may bring one friend. Not 8. You cannot transfer this as a credit to another class, or summer camp, or MTB session. K?
Orrichetti with fire roasted tomatoes, fresh baby spinach and crumbled goat cheese. The pasta cradles the goat cheese. Delish!
Does spatzle count? Because my favorite by far is the kasespatzle (spatzle with cheese) I used to get at my local gasthaus when I was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. Pure heaven.
As for what's conventionally considered pasta, my favorite is spaghetti with a white wine sauce. I usually add shrimp and whatever veggies I have on hand. Quick easy dinner, and always yummy.
I love love LOVE gnocchi (almost as much as I love classes at the Kitchen Studio)! ;) They way the fluffy little pillows melt in your mouth takes me straight to heaven! I would love to learn to make them at home
I love ravioli because my girls will eat it no matter what I put in it!
Fairy wing pasta is my favorite...or bowtie pasta for a more practical answer! When I make dishes with fairy wings the kids and guests are always so excited to eat such a magical dish! These cute little bow ties are so versatile and easy to cook! Yay, thanks for doing this contest!
Don't laugh, but our family is on a 3 week gluten free diet to try to get to the bottom of my youngest daughters migraines. Thursday would be 2 1/2 weeks and I won't tell if you won't tell that mom snuck out to eat serious pasta on a Thursday night.
The question would be what pasta isn't my favorite. Um, I dunno. My kids would lean towards a good Mac & cheese. Truth be told, it is the ultimate comfort food. As common as that may sound, I'd have to agree with them. A noodle that still has body to it with cheesy goodness can't be beat.
I love farfalle noodles. They carry any delicious pasta sauce to my family on the "wings of a butterfly" and remind me of Spring even on the coldest winter night. The kids love to dress up their bowties with butter and cheese and, what's more, it's darn hard to overcook those beauties (important for a working Mom doing 4 things at once)!
Do rice vermicelli noodles count? Glass Noodle Salad in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand...with fish sauce, chilis, shrimp and cilantro. Served cold. Yum!
I am a pasta fanatic!! I especially love angel hair pasta with olive oi, fresh herbs and shrimp. Yum! What a great idea for a giveaway...I've never made my own pasta before!
My favorite pasta is gnocci with brown butter sauce. I love how they melt in your mouth when they are cooked perfect. I would love to learn how to make a different type of sauce with them. Or even make a pumpkin gnocci. That sounds so good!
When my brother-in-law was in elementary school, he had to make a presentation about his family's ethnic heritage. They're Eastern European Jews. But he said that they were Italian! When asked why, he said, "Because we eat spaghetti all the time!" Ha!
But I digress.
You want to know what my favorite pasta is. And my answer is anything fresh and simple. Not the glooped-up Americanized pasta of the Olive Garden, no no... but a nice, light summer pasta made with fresh tomatoes, onion, basil leaves, red pepper flakes for heat, and fresh mozzarella. Maybe a few shrimp on top for good measure. Add a glass of wine, or two, and it's heaven on earth!
My favorite pasta is fairy wing pasta...or bowtie pasta for a more formal answer. I know the bowtie pasta sounds plain and boring but not when they are fairy wings! Regardless of how old you are you can't help feel the magic inside of fairy mac&cheese or fairy wing parmesan pasta salad! These little bowtie/fairy wing shaped pastas are always a home run in my house!
My favorite pasta is linguini with clams. Growing up in my 100% Italian household, Fridays were always "no meat" days (good Catholics!). My mother and I would go over to a seafood store in Wheaton to get the little neck clams. She'd scrub those babies, then steam them open in wine. Then she'd strain the broth and add it to sauteed garlic and oninons. Throw in a little fresh parsley, toss with the linguini, and add the clams back on top, still in their shells, sprinkle a little hot pepper on top. She called it "Italian Soulfood".
My Dad would walk in the door from work at 6:00 p.m. promptly, breath in, and say "MMMMMmmm, Friday!"
We lost my Dad unexpectedly a number of years ago, at the relatively young age of 74, from a heart attack in the middle of the night. Fortunately, the one thing that made it a little easier for us to bear is that he died Friday night/Saturday morning. So, his last meal on this earth was -- you guessed it -- linguini with clams!
Marie Schettino Rojas
I tried to enlist my husband to help by asking what's you favorite pasta? Pasta he asked? Do you want pasta dish? brand?i don't know joe your favorite pasta! I like a good baked ziti. You do? yeah, How come we never make that? Men they aren't as easy as making a good pasta.
My favorite pasta is spaghetti. I know, not so creative right? However, when my husband and I were first married, I made spaghetti a lot. It was fairly inexpensive to make, and it was one of the things I knew how to make well (using store bought pasta that is). My husband grew tired of it and actually asked me to stop making it quite so frequently. That's when I had to step up my game and start making new and different dishes. Hence, broaden my knowledge and love of cooking. To this day, he pretty much gets a couple of new recipes a week. I still make spaghetti from time to time, though I try different sauce recipes. I have attended the fresh pasta class, and actually received the pasta attachment as a gift, it has been used once - my fresh pasta didn't turn out so well, and I think I need a refresher course.
My favorite pasta would have to be egg noodle pasta with pesto blended into the dough. Once when I was making pasta with shrimp maranara, I decided to try something fun (which I think worked..), which was boil some of the shrimp in water to extract the flavor of the shrimp out, and into the water. Then use that water to boil the pasta noodles. Being that the noodles were fresh, it seemed like it absorbed some of the shrimp flavoring.
I am blown away! A couple of your answers made me tear up, and a few made me laugh out loud. Winner will be chosen first thing Wednesday morning.
You are all AWESOME!
I have always LOVED pasta—of any kind, especially spaghetti with seafood! The funny thing is, I am 7 months pregnant and these past several months my love for pasta has exploded—all I want to eat is pasta, pasta, pasta!
Growing up, my mom was always the cook at our house. I have fond memories of her making all kinds of delicious dinners for the family—lemon chicken, blintz soufflés, matzo ball soup…YUM! But although her meals were always very special since they brought the family together, I never had much interest in cooking—I left that up to her and later my husband who are both passionate about it.
Now that my husband and I are expecting, I desperately want to start learning how to cook so that I can create those same wonderful memories for my children as my mother has done for me and my brothers. I recently discovered The Kitchen Studio Cooking School and am extremely excited to start taking classes!!!
I have loved spaghetti all my life, but that's not nearly creative enough to win, so I would have to say that a more recent dish that I LOVE is my wife's Poor Man's Lasagna. It's a ziti dish with meat, red sauce and LOTS of cheese...plus it's made with tons of love as well!
My favorite dish is very simple. Start with a nice noodle ( i prefer fettaccine). Then toss in shrimp, artichoke hearts, olive oil, garlic, parm and romano cheeses. Simply but yummy. I have done chicken sometimes too.
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