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.


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.


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.


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.


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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