Push some of the cooked onion aside, and add a little more olive oil.
The lower right photo shows a saffron thread going into the food processor.
Oh, yum! I could taste some heat from the red pepper flakes...
Freshly grated cheese is a "must".
You can garnish with fresh basil, if you desire to. We did.Our verdict: We loved this! The whole tomato sauce was thinner, but it had great flavor from the fresh basil and red pepper flakes. We liked the subtle heat of the spice. The texture of the pasta was slightly chewy-- like a dumpling. There is a difference with fresh pasta, and I want to learn more! This dish tasted fresh and healthy-- you could reduce the fat by using turkey sausage. This recipe got "five stars" from my husband. He doesn't do that very often. I wonder, is it because he helped make the pasta? He says he loved the flavor of it. It tasted excellent the next day.
I am officially a fan of Lidia Matticchio Bastianich. A fellow blogger, whom I follow, Ciao Chow Linda, posted an interesting interview about this successful chef. I have to thank Linda for inspiring me to follow Lidia's recipes a lot closer. I am definitely going to buy her newest cookbook. You an also follow Lidia on Facebook.
I am linking this post, as my first contribution to, Presto Pasta Nights. Next week's Friday roundup is being hosted by "Italian Mama Chef". I kept meaning to contribute more of my dishes, but now that I'm on a pasta roll-- well, I hope to contribute even more.
I'm seriously toying with buying a pasta maker. Any recommendations?
I miss being able to post more than 1-2 times a week, and I miss not having as much time to visit my blogger friends-- and discovering new blogs. Thank you, for hanging in there with me. I so appreciate your comments, and I look forward to sharing more recipes from my kitchen.