Who doesn’t love pasta? Well, ok everyone who has a gluten allergy. But doesn’t everyone else? I LOVE pasta.
It blew my mind a couple of years ago to learn that there are something like 350 pasta types in the world, which I wrote about it in this blog post. When I came across The Geometry of Pasta at the library, I figured the book would be a hit or miss. It could be the most fascinating thing I’ve ever read, or the most droll. Luckily, it turned out to be really interesting! (ps: Geometry was the ONLY math I was ever good at!)
We all have our favorite pasta types, the names we know and love. Farfalle is mine, because my mom made the best mushroom pasta, always with little bow-ties! (Did you know that “farfalle” means butterflies? How cute!) My dad was always so proud of his Manacotti recipe and for that reason, I always loved digging into manacotti.
I do have a bit of a complex when it comes to cooking. My mom was a great cook and now I’m dating someone who is incredibly passionate for cooking. It can be easy to just “stay out of the way”, and never really learn how to cook. I know basics, but for most recipes, I’m hopeless! Since we’ve been together, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve cooked for John. Mostly because he enjoys cooking, but also because the offer (my offer) hasn’t really presented itself. Why would I take up space in the kitchen when the person next to me knows how to make the perfect steak, can pickle any vegetable and makes jam just for the fun of it? I also have to admit, I’m a bit sensitive about my lack of cooking skills. If someone wants to correct my technique, I’m known for just choosing to abandon that chore and leave it to the pros.
This book inspired me to take charge a little more. There are recipes and foods that I love, that John doesn’t make, that I should be taking advantage of! My favorite comfort food is a mix of tomatoes, capers and parmesan, and I think its delicious! Pasta Carbonara is one of my favorites, and I know John would love it, but we’ve never had it together. Linguine with clams is another super simple recipe, one that I know John is dying to try! And why don’t I ask my mom for that mushroom pasta recipe that I loved so much growing up?
The book also inspired me to be a bit more adventurous. We all know about spaghetti (it makes up 2/3 of the world’s pasta consumption after all), but with 350 pasta types out there, I should be trying more!
It’s amazing that I’ve never cooked with Tortellini (inspired by a belly button… gross, or sexy?) before.
I’ve never thought about it before, but I never cook with Penne or Rigatoni. To me, they remind me of bland pastas served on the kids menu at restaurants. Maybe I should be giving them a try!
As little faith as I have in myself for cooking, I would like to think that someday I will be able to conquer making homemade gnocchi. And by the way, I’m annoyed that I still can’t pronounce gnocchi correctly.
Then there are the pasta’s I’ve never even heard of before…
Capelli D’Angelo (“little worms”) are dainty nests of tiny noodles that would be great to test out!
Conchiglie Rigate looks like the perfect noodle to scoop up veggies or meats for a heartier winter meal.
Garganelli- I’ve genuinely never even seen this pasta before… now I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
After writing this blog post I’m sure no one will accept a dinner party invitation from me any time soon, but I vow to myself, and all my future dinner party guinea pigs, I mean guests, that I will try to weasel my way into the kitchen some more. I will whip up some pasta dishes and they will be incredible!