Try this homemade Hungarian pasta topped with cottage cheese, sour cream and fried bacon.
Every week when I prepare my new blog post I get inspiration from somewhere regarding the subject of the post. Sometimes our orchard gives ingredients, sometimes a dish comes up in a conversation with somebody or I just get hungry for something. However, this week inspiration to cook fresh Hungarian home-made pasta with cottage cheese and bacon came unexpectedly and surprisingly in form of a box of fresh pasta. My mother called me and asked whether we would like to have some pasta with cottage cheese. Of course we wanted to. My sister and I were so lucky that we could eat fresh pasta in our whole childhood. My poor mother who always had an 8-hour or even 12-hour job tried to prepare this dish once with a pasta from the supermarket. We were so spoiled by her home-made pasta that we immediately noticed the difference and started to complain. “Mom, it is not the one we are used too…”
So my Mum kneaded, rolled and cut the fresh pasta in the last 30 years. I was watching her while she dropped the pasta to the boiling water and I was waiting impatiently for it to get ready, because I wanted to taste it right away, without any topping.
And now a box of cooked pasta is waiting for me in the fridge (it even tastes good when heated up afterwards) while I start kneading another dough, to be able to tell you the exact amount of water needed, since my mother told me to “add as much as the flour takes up”. I change the method according to modern age so the kitchen machine kneads the dough instead of me, and I roll it out with a pasta machine.
I bring some fresh sour cream and cottage cheese from my neighbor, Ani, and buy some delicious smoked bacon at the nearby butcher which I dice and fry so it will be crunchy.
I am standing in front of the pot of boiling water and waiting impatiently that pasta comes up to the surface. Then right away, I start to eat it with a wooden spoon. I must say, there is nothing better than fresh pasta. No question about it.
Judit is a Hungarian globetrotter, cook and food photographer who loves eating, cooking, taking pictures and writing about all of that. She travelled through Europe, lived in Germany, France and Spain, and even had her own successful bistro in the heart of Budapest called Bistro 181. After years of traveling and cooking abroad she returned to her home country and moved to the village where her grandmother was born. Her blog, Taste of Memories is a return to the roots. She is cooking and baking her family’s old recipes, bringing new life into her countryside house and orchard and rediscovering beautiful places in the Hungarian countryside.