One of my birthday gifts from the husband was a cooking class at Sweetwares, which is a little baking shop in our ‘hood, owned by the fantastic people from Baker and Spice.

This was a great present, because it forced my husband into an apron

I’ve never made pasta. Partly because I’m one of the messiest cooks you’ll ever meet. Me + the classic volcano of flour with the egg in the middle dough making? It would just end poorly. And probably with at least one cat coated in flour.

But I learned in our class you can actually just make it in a food processor! Win

We made an egg dough and a spinach dough
Not going to lie, I dug on how play-dough-y the dough was. So bright!

Oh and see the bottle in the back of the picture? Totally had drinks while we cooked. Best sort of cooking.

We rolled the dough through the machines
And eventually had noodles!

Hand cut egg noodles
And spinach that we ran through the cutter
After we finished with our pasta making, it was time to eat!

See how this class involves dinner and alcohol? My husband did well.

Our instructor Jeff showed a few sauces, and then cooked up some pasta
Fresh pasta cooks absurdly fast. Like, we’re talking 30 seconds. Jeff called it “Italian top ramen” because it’s so crazy fast to cook.

Uncooked tomato sauce

and “stray and hay”-spinach and egg noodles, with fresh peas, prosciutto, and cream.Ā  Pork + fat + pasta? Heaven.

And then, since clearly we hadn’t eaten enough, there were berry teacakes
With whipped cream. From Baker & Spice.

Best part? The cooked noodles were all Jeff’s. Ours came home with us. We have an awesome stash of homemade pasta in our house right now.

Now I just need a pasta machine so that I can do this all the time. And an apron to make the husband wear at home.

You ever taken a cooking class?


7 responses to “Schooled

  1. That is so cool! What a fun class, and the food looks yummy. I’ve never tried making my own pasta but I’d like to.

  2. I’ve never taken a cooking class, but now I want to! Homemade pasta? Ugh, I’m just droooling looking at these pictures. Sounds like the hubs knows how to pick a good present šŸ˜€

  3. I have been wanting to take one of their classes… I love that store.

    I’ve taken several classes at In Good Taste, at the Pearl District location (I used to live a couple blocks away). My favorite was a hands-on sushi class.

    When I was a kid my mom made fresh pasta, she’d roll the dough out on the counter and just cut it with a knife. There’s nothing like fresh pasta…

  4. That’s awesome!

    I bet I rank way up there in the messiest cook category! Seriously, I’m like lid-off-the-blender messy!

  5. Wow, what a great class! It seems fun and romantic. Very jealous of your yummy meal. šŸ™‚

  6. I have never taken a cooking class but I really want to! It sounds and looks like a lot of fun! I would love to learn to make my own pasta dough – I am so intimidated by it!

  7. That looks like so much fun! i would love to learn how to make my own noodles one of these days.

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