Finding Great Pasta
No Matter Where you Live

KA pasta roller


KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer – Empire Red

Having traveled the world while in the United States Air Force, I had the opportunity to sample many types of noodle dishes and recipes. While stationed at Osan, AB, Korea, I became very fond of their Ramyun noodles. On a bus trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), we stopped at a restaurant in Seoul. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name because this occurred in 1990, many years ago. We were offered a buffet for lunch. I did not recognize some of the dishes but it looked and tasted great.

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On the buffet was that pasta I love, Ramyun noodles. We had our choice of what broth to have the noodles in. Of course, I had to have a little of each; the chicken, beef and hot and spicy broths were excellent. An excellent Asian style lunch featuring pasta and an awesome tour of the DMZ made for a nice day. I enjoy Chicken Ramyun Noodle soup with a slice of American cheese diluted into the broth. It brings back memories. You should give it a try.

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In Germany, while stationed at Ramstein, AB, I was able to have the traditional German pasta, Spaetzle. Growing up in a German household, I remember Mom making these German noodles. She would stir fry string beans in some butter, garlic and a few other ingredients. When finished she would add the cooked pasta to the string beans, add a little more butter, of course, and stir fry for a minute or two. She also served Spaetzle in a cream sauce as a side item with Rouladen. A German beef roll.

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

As for Italy, that goes without saying. The pasta is always served fresh in a variety of flavors, shapes and sizes. I would go back in a minute to have the spaghetti and meatballs. On a vacation to Garmish, Germany, I took a one day bus trip to Italy; I was on a pasta mission. On the schedule was a two hour lunch stop. I didn’t have much time and wanted to find a great place to get fresh pasta. I thought; ask a local. I went into a store and asked a young lady. She directed me to a restaurant around the corner. It was a really small place with a nice atmosphere. The smell of the food made me stay. I’m glad I did. I could see them making fresh pasta with an old counter top roller. I thought I can do that at home. I wouldn’t be in Italy; however making it at home would bring bring back good memories. The spaghetti and meatballs were unbelievable.

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Pasta making is a fun way to spend time with family and friends. I started out with a counter mounted, manual pasta rolling machine. As time went by, I purchased a kitchen aid mixer. I love it. You can do so much with it. After that, I had to get the attachments. I should have got the mixer and pasta attachments a long time ago. Haven’t mastered the dough consistency for the spaghetti attachment; still working on it. The linguine and lasagna pasta attachments are no problem. Even though I made pasta rolling easier, family and friends still enjoy participating in making noodles.

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The Betty Crocker Pasta cook books are my favorite. Try page 88 of her pasta book and make it your own along with the other recipes. . Here’s my version of Creamy Chicken Rigatoni.

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