Lucy, Ethel and the Omega Juicer

A basic sauce:  fresh tomatoes and basil.
A basic sauce: fresh tomatoes and basil.

If that familiar scene from I Love Lucy, the one where Lucy and Ethel struggle to keep up with a speeding conveyor belt while wrapping chocolates in a candy factory, is your idea of a great date night – then you’ll love making pasta with an Omega Juicer.

The Omega Juicer came into our lives about two months ago and ever since my beloved and I have had fresh juice almost every morning. Those in the know, however, will know that the Omega Juicer does more than squish fruit and vegetables. It promises to process nut butter, make hummus and with the help of a few attachments, extrude pasta.  Epicurious by nature, I had to find out for myself.

A little olive oil, some garlic and cubed mozzarella and viola!
A little olive oil, some garlic and cubed mozzarella and viola!

I began the sauce on a Saturday morning. I kept it simple: fresh picked sun ripe cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, olive oil, cubed mozzarella and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Chopped walnuts and chili flakes might have been a nice addition.  The mozzarella is optional.

My pasta dough was basic: An eggless semolina recipe I found on the Internet. When I use a recipe sourced online I look to the comments for real inspiration. Several suggested adding chopped herbs and a bit of olive oil to the dough for depth and flavor, which I did.  I don’t recall, however, anyone suggesting that I chill the dough before extrusion.  Big mistake.  I have no proof but my instincts tell me that chilled dough makes the extrusion process much easier but not nearly half the fun.  Our room temperature dough extruded too quickly and was too elastic for one poor soul to manage.

Chill the dough!
Chill the dough!Our room temperature dough extruded too quickly and was too elastic for one poor soul to manage.

Enter Lucy and Ethel.

How I managed to keep my fingers as Ethel Scissorhands snipped the flying pasta into manageable lengths while we both howled with laughter is beyond me.  The end result? Not the prettiest pasta, but certainly delicious.  More than that, it was fun.  Food always tastes better when it’s cooked with joy, laughter and fun.  And maybe a glass of wine.

Drape the extruded pasta over a bowl dusted with flour and let it dry a few minutes before adding to boiling water.  It only takes about 4 minutes to cook.
Drape the extruded pasta over a bowl dusted with flour and let it dry a few minutes before adding to boiling water. It only takes about 4 minutes to cook.
It won't win any awards for beauty but it sure tasted good!
It won’t win any awards for beauty but it sure tasted good!
The kitchen, post pasta making.  Thank goodness my beloved loves to wash dishes.  Seriously.
The kitchen, post pasta making. Thank goodness my beloved loves to wash dishes. Seriously.