I recently had the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Learn to make pasta from scratch. I was invited to an event promoting the upcoming movie Book Club – The Next Chapter. What does that have to do with pasta? A lot. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. They’re four best friends who take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. Book Club – The Next Chapter hits theaters on May 12th.
Back to making pasta from scratch! The class was held at Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Somerville. The shop has, of course, fresh pasta, as well as: delicious sandwiches, yummy cheeses, an incredible wine selection, and more. You can check out more about the menu and store. They also offer catering and classes, which is what I took.
Our instructor was Chef Jason, who was an extraordinary host and teacher. He was fun and interesting and informative and supportive. In the class, we learned how to not only make spaghetti and fettucine, but ravioli and tortellini. I loved making them all, but I felt so accomplished nailing tortellini.
It was really eye-opening how simple the process was. I mean, it’s flour and eggs. As Chef Jason told us, all you really need is for someone to teach you the process and how the dough is supposed to feel. Once you do that, you can make pasta! He’s so right. I left there confident that I would be able to have family and friends come over and make pasta for them. He also shared how he “whipped together” a delicious marinara sauce, as well as a brown butter and sage sauce. Heavenly!
It felt so great stirring and kneading and pressing the dough. It felt meditative and soothing and fun. As I reflected on the night later, I realized that in addition to learning how to actually make pasta, I learned some great lessons as well. Here’s what I discovered.