Mario Batali’s Strichetti With Prosciutto

I was spending a little time looking over some of the recipes we have collected and tried over the last year and have come to realize I fangirl out on Michael Symon all the time! If you’ve spent any time looking at the recipes, you will find a couple of his peppered around the site, and in all fairness, one of Daphne’s (which we’ve made many times) – but I’ve never ventured to try anyone else’s from The Chew. I am a huge fan of the show, and find that most of the time we can find something different, delicious and fairly manageable (LOL, don’t count what my kitchen looks like after as an indication of success) new little something to try. I always love Mario’s recipes, but have shied away due to the complexity (which should be called beauty) of what he creates in the kitchen. No more fear! This fantastico pasta dish, Mario Batali’s Strichetti with Prosciutto was just the one to dip our toes into the kiddie pool of Mario Batali’s recipes!

First things first, we had to figure out what we were going to do to make this pasta. We didn’t have a pasta maker, and hubby has had many a dream about making fresh pasta – we have a kitchen aid mixer – but the kit for the pasta attachments are just out of our range at the moment. So we went with the “My Perfect Kitchen” Pasta Machine for $35.00. It makes flat sheets, fettuccine and spaghetti. For us and our love of kitchen gadgets – $35.00 will be a very good investment and a reason to make more fresh pasta 🙂 Bonus!

The whole egg and flour well way of mixing the ingredients for the pasta is brilliant! That way you are working with it on a surface that should be easy to control the makeup entirely. Once the dough is combined the rolling begins – and you may ‘think’ it looks thin enough – go down another setting for good measure (maybe even 2!). We made these ahead of time and once the pressing, cutting, pinching and forming was done, we threw it on a parchment and semolina lined cookie sheet in the refrigerator until we were ready to finish dinner. From that point it was easy peasy 🙂 We followed the recipe exactly and were rewarded with a dinner that was like a rhumba on the tongue…Fantastico!

We watched the clip and decided we had to try! The pasta machine was only $35.00 (we will have the Kitchen Aid attachment one day for our mixer). Works well, tip for next time - 2 people, not just one.

We watched the clip and decided we had to try! The pasta machine was only $35.00 (we will have the Kitchen Aid attachment one day for our mixer). Works well, tip for next time – 2 people, not just one.

Such a cool way to blend the ingredients for making the pasta. We followed the directions Mario gave in the video and had no problems!

Such a cool way to blend the ingredients for making the pasta. We followed the directions Mario gave in the video and had no problems!

Hubby ran the machine on his own this time, and we think two sets of hands will help in getting the final product a little thinner.

Hubby ran the machine on his own this time, and we think two sets of hands will help in getting the final product a little thinner.

They ended up being way too thick (but not bad for a first try), and they were so pretty!

They ended up being way too thick (but not bad for a first try), and they were so pretty!

For the first time they looked very nice!

For the first time they looked very nice!

Lot's of little strichetti bow ties!

Lot’s of little strichetti bow ties!

We made them a little early and let them sit in the refrigerator in the semolina.

We made them a little early and let them sit in the refrigerator in the semolina.

Hand grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano - we have found our new favorite imported cheese! Such an amazing and rich taste!

Hand grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano – we have found our new favorite imported cheese! Such an amazing and rich taste!

The smell was very nice and the Parmigiano-Reggiano looks pretty when freshly grated.

The smell was very nice and the Parmigiano-Reggiano looks pretty when freshly grated.

Shallots, garlic and prosciutto, Oh My!

Shallots, garlic and prosciutto, Oh My!

Cooking up the shallots and garlic - we will cut the garlic in half next time - we wanted a little more of a hint of it in the entire meal.

Cooking up the shallots and garlic – we will cut the garlic in half next time – we wanted a little more of a hint of it in the entire meal.

If only this picture could capture the smell! And I can't deny I have an ongoing love affair with prosciutto...ssshhhh don't tell hubby! :D

If only this picture could capture the smell! And I can’t deny I have an ongoing love affair with prosciutto…ssshhhh don’t tell hubby! 😀

Here is where we realize the homemade pasta is a lot thicker than we anticipated. The taste was still awesome and we had quite a lot of leftover noodles.

Here is where we realize the homemade pasta is a lot thicker than we anticipated. The taste was still awesome and we had quite a lot of leftover noodles.

Fragrant, delicious and a perfect match with glazed carrots and fresh strawberries!

Fragrant, delicious and a perfect match with glazed carrots and fresh strawberries!

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