Pastabilities: SE Michigan-made pasta

This week I tried a new locally-made fresh pasta from a company called Pastabilities. Their label says that their pasta is made in SE Michigan from “grain from the Midwest”…but I don’t know what they consider to be “the Midwest.” Some folks would include the Dakotas in the Midwest, though I wouldn’t. I’ve not been able to find contact info except for an address, so no details on that just yet. They make several varieties, including stuffed shapes, and I bought these at Arbor Farms.

The pasta itself is quite good. I bought the large, square sheets and used them to make lasagna. Two sheets exactly covered one layer of a 9″x13″ baking dish. There were 9 sheets in the package, so we had one left over. I cut it into strips and boiled it and it made a very nice tagliatelli noodle.

The lasagna was great! This is the first no-boil lasagna noodle I’ve been really happy with. I used a quart of homemade tomato sauce with it, and could easily have used another pint or even two, but it still turned out well.

In another local triumph, we made paella this weekend with some imported Spanish chorizo. The Joy of Cooking tells us to be sure to use Spanish, not Mexican, chorizo, and I finally found some so we could “do it right.” Well…turns out we like it better “wrong.” 🙂 There’s a new Mexican grocery in downtown Ypsilanti (I’m blanking on the name at the moment…) that has a great meat counter, and they make their own chorizo. Can’t be beat!

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6 Comments

  1. Murph said,

    January 28, 2008 at 8:55 am

    “Dos Hermanos”. They have a store in Adrian that’s been open for a while; the one in downtown Ypsi just opened this year.

  2. Emily said,

    January 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Dos Hermanos! Thank you, Murph. It’s a great store. The butcher was telling me he drives to Chicago to hand-select the meat he’ll sell. Their produce is fresh and inexpensive (nopales, anyone?). They have hot prepared food, too, like tamales, and I think they’re expanding their line to include sundries like diapers and such.

  3. Donna said,

    February 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Emily – greetings from Kalamazoo. Appreciate the reference to the Mexican market downtown Ypsi for chorizo. Gives me an excuse to visit old stomping grounds.

  4. jason said,

    February 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    The pasta from this company called Pastabilities is made with an egg product that comes frozen in five gallon buckets. There is nothing in this pasta that would pass as fresh.

  5. Emily said,

    February 23, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Jason – wow! Thanks for the information. How did you find that out? I was looking for a web site but am having a hard time finding information for them.

  6. jason said,

    February 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    i ordered a case of pasta and when i went to pick it up they gave me a quick tour. They where scooping this orange stuff into the pasta mixer. I ask them what it was? they said, it was a frozen egg product they used because it save time and money, they didn’t like cracking the fresh eggs. then i asked what else is frozen that goes into this pasta ? and they said, most all of it where we can it saves time and money. So i let them keep there pasta! anyone can go see for yourself they are right off state st in ann arbor.


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