Pasta made from scratch is one of my most favorite delicacies. I never order pasta in a restaurant unless it’s made in house because I cook the boxed stuff all the time at home. And every now and again we have a real pasta treat at home at make it from scratch ourselves.
If you’ve never made, or had, fresh pasta, it’s sort of similar to its dried and boxed cousin but also worlds apart. It’s very tender and delicate and, I think, best served simply so the freshness of the pasta itself can shine through.
I’ve never made pasta entirely by hand but only used the attachments for my Kitchen Aid mixer, which very simply and easily knead and roll out the dough for you. Seriously, it’s so simple, a four year old can do it (and she loves to, comes running when she sees I have the pasta attachments out)!