Pasta Social Club is a column by Meryl Feinstein, Food52's Resident Pasta Maker, community builder, and pastaia extraordinaire. Meryl will teach us about everything from semolina to spaghetti to sauce—and will show us how pasta is a great way to make great friends and have lots of fun.
Often when you see recipes for handmade pasta, they come with a daunting list of tools: rollers, cutters, stamps, molds, drying racks that take over the kitchen counter. And although I love my collection of pasta tools, the truth is the only thing you really need to make pasta by hand is your hand. The pad of your thumb, the tips of your fingers, even the side of your palm, are all perfect pasta tools. And if you want to get creative, you can throw in a butter knife, a knitting needle, a cheese grater, and the bottom of your grandma’s crystal candy dish. I assure you, the possibilities (pastabilities?) are endless—no special equipment required.