Noodles for novices
Here’s a wonderfully simple home made pasta recipe from one of my favorite food blogs: How to Make Pici Pasta
Pici are essentially fat, hand-rolled spaghetti. The name comes from Tuscany, and it has a lookalike in Umbria the locals call stringozzi. The pasta is also seen in Emilia-Romagna, too. It is a rustic and irregular pasta, which makes it a great shape for beginners.
One of the coolest things about this pasta is that it requires no special equipment: You don’t even need a pasta rolling machine, and even the rolling pin, while useful, can be replaced by an empty wine bottle. And if you don’t have an ampty wine bottle lying around, well, there’s only one way to empty it — salud!
Once you learn to make your own fresh pasta you’ll find it hard to go back to the store bought dried stuff.