Minestrone Soup…and My “Lucy” Moment

My mom recently mailed me a pasta press attachment for my stand mixer. I’d secretly been hoping it might fall into my hands at some point after she received it as a giveaway from a Martha Stewart Show taping a while back. She determined after about a year of it sitting in the cabinet that it might receive more use at my house. As usual, she was right.

For my first go with the pasta attachment, I thought I’d try a shape that’s not too easy to make without a contraption like this – macaroni. All I had to do was mix together the dough, push it down through the extruder and out came continuous tubes of pasta that I had to keep active watch over and cut before they got too long. Picture that classic “I Love Lucy” scene where Lucy and Ethel are overwhelmed by the speed of the chocolates coming down the conveyor belt…that was me!

So all didn’t go perfectly…no matter, it at least resembled macaroni so I was happy!

There was a recipe for classic Minestrone Soup inside the recipe booklet that came with the attachment, with lots of fresh vegetables and white beans as well as macaroni. I’m not usually a big vegetable soup person but this one ate almost like a pasta dish – a hearty, flavorful one at that. If I hadn’t made my own pasta, the whole thing would have easily been done in under 30 minutes (even with my super-slow chopping skills!). I adapted the recipe below for store-bought macaroni, but if you ever have the opportunity to extrude your own pasta I promise it’s a fun time!

Minestrone Soup

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  1. Tracy wrote:

    This recipe came at the perfect time! The weather is just awful out here and minestrone soup seems like the perfect way to deal with the cold/rain/sleet/snow. I just made some a week or so ago, but I’d like to giv this recipe a try. It looks yummy.

    I don’t have the pasta attachment, so maybe I should add it to my Wish List for the holidays 🙂


    Posted 11.30.10 Reply
  2. sally wrote:

    Oh how I long for the kitchen aid mixer pasta attachment! I’m hoping it will be under the tree for me this year. It would be great to make pasta and minestrone that look as good as yours!

    Posted 11.30.10 Reply
  3. branny wrote:

    Your macaroni looks so cute. I love making homemade pasta but I don’t have an extruder attachment. How fun

    Posted 12.8.10 Reply