Fresh Mozzarella and Goat Cheese Caramelle

It was another long day at work, but this time…I wanted to cook.  I had some time before my dinner guest was to appear, so I decided I would plunge myself into a real challenge – Caramelle.  I saw these on an episode of MasterChef and decided that they looked simple enough that I could give it a shot…and order a pizza before my guest arrived if they just didn’t work out.


They weren’t perfect, but they were pretty good.  I get very nervous making pasta, considering the person I’m creating this dish for was fed by an Italian grandmother as a child.  Yes, the kind of Italian grandmother that could take a bunch of random crap in the fridge and make a 5 course meal.  But, I keep trying.

The recipe I followed for the dough called for 2 eggs, but mine wasn’t quite the right texture with just two (most likely because they were smaller eggs), so I added a third.  And for the water, I added just a splash at the end.


I thought they turned out pretty great looking!  I used a ravioli roller to press the ends together just in case.  Boiling them was a little nerve wracking…I just wasn’t sure what would happen but LO! They worked.  They stayed together.


I used a jarred sauce, which I typically don’t do.  But making pasta is so time consuming, that I’ve vowed not to do both make fresh pasta and homemade sauce on the same night.  Saturday…Sunday…sure, but not on a Tuesday.  So, faced with the Whole Foods selection, I went with Mario Batali’s sauce.  I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.  I did add some sautéed mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper to it, which helped.

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