Gourmet Registry: Pasta

Your wedding registry can be filled with so much more than the basics. If you’ve already stocked your kitchen with the essentials, use your registry as an opportunity to expand your culinary repertoire.

Do you dream of la dolce vita? Has handmade gnocchi with a delicate pesto sauce replaced macaroni and cheese as your go-to comfort food? If you’re looking for a way to upgrade your box of Barilla, consider a foray into the world of homemade pasta.

No pasta-making arsenal is complete without a simple yet durable pasta maker. While there are electric versions and stand mixer attachments that eliminate the manual labor, there is a reason the Atlas 150 Pasta Maker has earned the reputation that it has. Adjustable thicknesses and cutters for making spaghetti and linguine will have you churning out beautiful noodles in no time. 

If filled pastas are on the menu, a ravioli mold is a simple but invaluable tool. Whether it’s plain cheese, meat or seafood, a mold will help you keep the fillings in line and give you expertly sealed and crimped edges every time. 

Every piece of handmade pasta needs a great pot to be cooked in. Calphalon’s Nonstick Multi-Pot is ideal for pasta, as well as stocks and soups. The stainless steel insert keeps food contained for easy draining when it’s done. For spaghetti or other fine pastas, skip the insert and instead use a colander with smaller holes to drain the pasta when it’s done.

Bring a touch of Tuscany to your dining table with pasta bowls from Vietri. Handmade terra cotta bowls in a rustic white glaze are a beautiful way to show off the delicious meal you’ve created.

For recipes and inspiration straight from the source, look no further than Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Pasta of Italy. Beautiful, mouthwatering imagery combines with a glossary of shapes, her list of pasta essentials and variations on the classic egg pasta recipe. Not only will this book help you match shapes with sauces or source hard-to-find ingredients, it will give you inside access to the heart of pasta making.

With everything you need to make fresh, homemade pasta, you’ll never reach for a store-bought box again.


--Jaimie Schoen

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