To date, I’ve never had to sleep in the doghouse.
As a kid, I fondly remember the first time I thought I’d have such an opportunity. Dad and I were returning late from a camping trip, and I remember him telling me that if we didn’t hurry up – mom would have us sleeping in the doghouse. Admittedly, it sounded like a good idea at the time.
It wasn’t until I was married that I found out that sleeping in the doghouse wasn’t such a great thing. It’s amazing what a little age and experience can teach us gents.
Truth be told, being ordered to sleep in the doghouse is rarely a threat that I encounter from my beautiful wife. And since I know we have a lot of folks who read from across the pond, allow me to clarify that sleeping in the doghouse means that you are not welcome to sleep in the same bed as your wife or significant other – be it the couch, the floor, a friend’s place, a hotel, or (and hopefully never) an actual doghouse.
There are times, however, that I might forget about my priorities and end up flubbing or on the wrong side of an argument with my wife. It’s in those instances that I typically know she’s had enough of me. Since neither of us enjoys harboring our grievances for very long, I usually admit my fault, beg for forgiveness, and make fresh pasta.
You see gents, knowing how to make fresh pasta will get you far in life, especially with the ladies.
I know I’ve repeated this almost ad nauseam in the past, but I’m of the belief that the kitchen is a very manly domain. It sets a stage that provides us men with an opportunity to learn, refine, create, and share. In the same way that you take pride in knowing how to tie a bowtie, or drive a stick shift, I want you to know how to roast a chicken and how to properly make fresh pasta.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with dried pastas. They are convenient, tasty, and are always a staple in my pantry. That said, there is something special about making and eating fresh pasta. It has a certain…je ne sais quoi.
With just a few ingredients, no fancy machines, and a bit of patience and willingness to learn, you can create your own pasta at home to serve alongside your favorite sauce. Not only is making your own pasta impressive and delicious – it is also quite simple to prepare.
And besides – nobody really wants to sleep in the doghouse.
There are many schools of thought on the proper pasta ingredients. Some recipes are quite straightforward, like mine below, whereas other recipes might advocate for certain flour varieties and combinations, oils, enhancements, etc. I’m sticking to super simple ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. As you further your skills, you can try out varying flours and mixtures, ingredients, and techniques to produce the specific results you might be trying to achieve.
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus about 1 cup more for dusting
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
*Recipe will yield about 6 servings
How to Make Pasta
How to Cook Fresh Pasta
Fresh pasta cooks much quicker than dried pasta.
Bring a large stockpot of water to a rolling boil over high heat on the stovetop. Add in 1 Tbsp. salt and 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil to the water. Add pasta and cook, stirring a bit, until al-dente, about 3-4 minutes. Drain and serve immediately with your favorite sauce.
Share your favorite technique, recipe, or your Italian grandmother’s secrets on making great pasta!