I work all week as a full-time test cook for America's Test Kitchen in a hot, bustling, 2500 square foot kitchen alongside 30 other cooks. When I come home for a weekend of rest and relaxation... I make pasta. To put a summery twist on it, I do it outside. These little noodles were happily kneaded, cut, and shaped into cavatelli on my porch looking out over a green meadow abutting a blue sky. Perhaps a little precious, but I think I can taste the difference.
MADE BY KATIE LEAIRD
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What is 00 flour?
The "00" primarily refers to the grind size of the flour. Type 00 ("double zero") flour is an extremely finely-ground Italian-style flour that is super white in color because almost all of the wheat's bran and germ have been removed during milling.
Do I really need a pasta machine?
Absolutely not! Get out your rolling pin, or any other cylindrical household item you might have (like a wine bottle, broomstick, or a round glass jar - just be sure to clean it well first) and roll out your dough by hand.
Questions & Answers
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