Homemade Pasta, one of my kitchen helper’s favorite dinner to make and taste. Making pasta in my house happens at least once a month. My son loves to pour the flour on the table, make a well and crack the eggs. Once the dough comes together he is all about kneading until his hands get too messy and passes the torch to mom or dad. The 30 minute rest time on the counter is pure torture for the hungry pre-schooler. He anxiously awaits the moment to feed the dough through the pasta machine and wants to consume some immediately. Of course he has to wait until all the pasta is cut and the water is at a full boil. We often see a quick dance of excitement when the pasta gets dropped into the water and he races to his claim his spot at the table. Luckily the pasta only needs 2-3 minutes to cook, but that time doesn’t go by without hearing, “Is the pasta ready?”. Then the big decision has be to made. Sauce or no sauce? In true pre-schooler fashion, his first helping is with sauce and the second helping is without sauce. On some occasions there has even been a third helping, which is a wild card. While meatballs are the perfect companion to the homemade pasta, the pasta is the true star of the dish.
Little kitchen helpers can be picky during dinner time, but making homemade pasta has been a huge success in my house. Get them involved and enjoy watching them Make & Taste!