Here we are with another installment of Great Moments in American Cinema (we finally put it in our "Category" section if you would like to view the previous installments.)
This week we are featuring a scene from the Movie Moonstruck.
Now, I'm not sure if this is suppose to be funny, but I certainly thought it was one of the funniest moments in American Cinema and hopefully you will agree. Part of the fun in coming up with these little snippets is figuring out what recipe to post. Considering this movie is about an Italian family "the Castorini's" what would be more perfect than making your own pasta? But then I thought, maybe it should be something baked since the Nicolas Cage character "Ronny Cammareri" works in a bakery. But then I come upon the fact that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to stop baking so much and start cooking more "main dish's". So in a weak effort to to try and follow my resolution I opted for the "main dish".
BTW the resolution to stop baking so much may as well been a resolution to not get up and pee first thing in the morning....it's just part of my nature.
HUH HUH??? Is that great or what?
Here is the pasta recipe I used....it was pretty simple, except I did get the first batch way too thick, I was also astounded at HOW MUCH pasta this made! Thank goodness it freezes! Oh and one other tip...I started out cutting 2 rounds of pasta ( as you can see above) and what I should have done is spooned the filling on one large sheet of pasta, then placed another sheet of pasta over the top, pressed the pasta together around the filling THEN cut it. It worked both ways, but this would have provided a perfect edge.
For the filling, I used one bag of fresh baby spinach - washed, dried and chopped. I then mixed it with 1 8oz container of ricotta cheese, added salt, and fresh cracked black pepper.
You cook it the same way you do dried pasta...until al dente.