Hi and welcome to Pastastic, your regular hit of pasta pleasure.

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This edition packs in a chickpea (i.e. garbanzo bean) pasta dish full of taste, plus my in-kitchen review of Marcato's popular Atlas pasta maker and a reader's review of this same machine.

We've also a great video tip I found that should stop you blubbering when chopping your onions.

Short, sharp and, I hope, sweet.

Buon appetito!

Pastastic Matt - matt@pasta-recipes-made-easy.com

"When the lasagna content in my blood gets low, I get mean"
Garfield the cat

Dish of the Moment:
Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Pasta With Spinach

chickpea pasta recipe

For a feast of a dish, packed full of fresh veggie flavors, get your laughing gear around this 30-minute pasta winner.

From its rich tomato sauce to the strong leafy taste of its spinach and the soft moreish chew of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, it's a real plate of nutrition and taste.

Atlas Pasta Machine Review

marcato pasta machine review

Marcato's Atlas 150 is one of the two best-selling manual pasta rollers on the market (alongside Imperia's SP150).

So is it worth your cash? Find out with my full in-kitchen review. I made this after the company sent me the product to test out, and it includes a quick How To video that explains exactly how this machine does its work.

But then... don't just take my word for it, also check out this reader review.

5 Reader Questions

The latest pasta posers to be published (and answered) on my site:

Why does my lasagna dry up when I freeze it?

The color of my fresh pasta is wrong...

Little eyes clam pasta sauce

Should I rinse pasta?

How do I make crespelle or vente crochante Italian cookies?

Dribble Corner (A.K.A. other cool stuff)

no cry onion chopping

No Tears Onion Chopping

Alright cry babies, it's time to get onion-busy without the usual blubbing! Here Chef Angela Carlino provides a great little tip that will help your face stay dry, however strong the bulbs.

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