When I watch The Godfather or any other Italian-esque movie, I get an irrepressible craving for spaghetti and meatballs. One time, I was watching a French movie and got confused by the accent, and the cravings cranked back up again.
To make the pasta dough, I threw together two eggs into two cups of flour and maybe a tablespoon or so of water to help the dough along. Then got myself a nice ball of pasta dough and rolled it out. In order to get the dough thin enough, the key is to let the gluten in the dough relax. When the dough starts to spring back after being rolled, wait ten minutes and then proceed rolling.
|Make it work.|
|Aren't I pretty?|
|You can see the screw-ups I threw onto the cutting board as I was working.|
|Like a pasta piñata.|
|Small apartment living calls for unconventional measures.|
|Pasta drying against the backdrop of a Seoul city sunset.|
I cooked the pasta noodles in a pot of boiling water that had been salted and oiled (can I say oiled?...Honey, please oil my water.) It took somewhere around 7 minutes until al dente.
To make the spaghetti sauce and meatballs, Noel just used the contents of his brain and not a specific recipe. It's basically some garlic, onions, and peppers sauteed in olive oil. Then a can of diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Then a ton of spices - oregano, marjoram, basil, parsley, cayenne, blah blah blah. The meat balls are basically ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, minced garlic, minced onion and seasonings. For a good recipe, click here.
|First bake in the oven.|
|Then throw into your sauce.|
|Top with some parmesan cheese. We used crumbled semi-hard ricotta.|