Pasta: From Origins to Kitchens

October 1, 2020

TO EAT IN THE PRESENT, WE MUST LEARN FROM THE PAST(A)

Did you know it’s believed that as early as 3000 BC the Chinese made noodle-like foods? But it wasn’t until 400 BC that pasta was found in parts of modern day Italy. Versions of pasta have made it’s home all over the world since then, and we’re here for it!

All month long we’ll be celebrating the history of pasta. From bowties and shells, to traditional spaghetti and fettuccine, we love all shapes and sizes of our noodle friends. How do you noodle? Check out our different types of pasta combos and dishes on the menu that highlight this traditional ingredient. And yes, we have healthy pasta options: gluten-free pasta comes in a couple styles, just ask your store for more information.

So how do you make pasta? It’s pretty simple. You make pasta with 4 ingredients: flour, egg, olive oil, and salt. It’s up to you to choose the quality of ingredients. Follow this recipe on how to make pasta that is similar to the one Anthony Russo uses in all of his restaurants.

This family sized pasta recipe calls for:
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 6 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon salt (sea salt is the best!)
• 1 tablespoon Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil

1. Creating your pasta mixture
Clean a large table surface to mix all of the ingredients. Build your flour into a volcano-like shape. Add your eggs, olive oil, and salt directly into the center and gently mix everything together. Once the initial mixture starts to form, use your hands to incorporate more of the flour from the outer walls. Continue mixing until a giant ball forms.

2. Kneading the dough
Once your ball is formed, knead it for 10 minutes. The dough will start out dry and eventually become consistent and smooth. Incorporate drops of water if it’s still dry after 10 minutes, or dust flour if it’s too sticky. Shape into a ball, wrap it up in plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

3. Prepping
Set aside two baking sheets with flour on them.

4. Rolling dough (Depending on your pasta rolling attachments (mechanical or manual) the following process may vary.)
• Slice the dough into a few pieces. Flatten into an egg-like shape like a disc. Run the dough through your pasta roller at its widest setting a few times.
• On your countertop, fold the dough’s short ends to the center, then fold the dough in half again, making a rectangle shape.
• Run the dough through your pasta roller at its next widest setting a few times. Repeat once on the more narrow settings each one more time.
• Repeat with all sections of the pasta dough.

5. Shape it up!
Depending how you want your pasta to be shaped, you may need to purchase attachments to run your pasta through. The simplest will be cutting strips by hand to make fettuccine, or using the whole sheet like in lasagna!

6. Cooking your pasta
Cook the pasta just like any store bought batch: in a pot of salted boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.

7. Bon appetito!
Enjoy with toppings and sauces of your choice!



Get the Taste of Italy at our stores to enjoy one of the most traditional pasta in the world: spaghetti. Taste of Italy includes two spaghetti with meatballs (made fresh in house from a Russo family recipe), two house salads, and garlic bread for, get this, only $19.95!

Have more than two people to feed? We’ve got you covered. Grab one of our Family Meal Deals, which serves 4-6, starting at only $49. Family Meal Deals come in different tiers, and you can combo different pastas trays within each. Breakdown below:
• $49 (choose from one below)
-Spaghetti with Meatballs half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Fettuccine Alfredo half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Baked Ziti half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
• $59 (choose from one below)
-Chicken Manicotti half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Eggplant Parmesan half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Chicken Piccata half tray, house salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
• $69 (choose from one below)
-Chicken Parmesan half tray, house OR caesar salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Russo’s Lasagna half tray, house OR caesar salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.
-Chicken Pesto Pasta half tray, house OR caesar salad half tray, garlic bread half tray.

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