Did you ever have one of those meals where you loved the taste, but still didn't feel good about the finished product? The good news, I know what I did wrong, know what I need to do to make it right next time. Here's why I wasn't happy...
I was trying to copy a recipe from Cathy at the NOBLE PIG. On New year's Day, she did a recap of the 10 best recipes from her site. #1 was this PASTA CAKE. BTW, you can find her top 10 by clicking HERE.
I made a few changes to the recipe, but that is not why my finished product did not look like hers.
I added a pound of Chorizo sausage to give it a bit more za za zing. but that is not why my finished product did not look like hers.
I also substituted a can of tomato sauce and used half the number of crushed tomatoes. but that is not why my finished product did not look like hers.
But, as you can see from this photo, my pasta did not stand up as well as Cathy's.It also did not stay firm and round like Cathy's, so I could not fill the tubes with the meat mixture. My pasta was stuck together. I had to use a smaller cake pan, and most of the meat stayed on top and did not fill up the tubes (cause there were no tubes, just round pasta flattened).
See how hers looks (to the right). Standing there firm and full of meat... Mocking me!
Here's what I did wrong...
Boiled my pasta too long.
Here's what I'll do next time...
Boil the pasta a shorter amount of time.
But it sure tasted good... Go take a look at the Noble Pig's posting (click HERE). You will want to give this a try. It is a work of art!
Oh, and even if you screw up the look, it tastes GREAT!