Monique Deschaine, Al Dente Pasta
If you live in Michigan, you may already know the story behind Al Dente Pasta, a local treasure. Monique Deschaine was just a regular pasta lover back in 1981 when she read an article about an artisanal pasta business and was inspired to start one herself. She traveled to New York City to study under Italian cooking legend Marcella Hazan, and then headed back to Michigan to give birth to her very own hand-rolled pasta business.
Thirty years later, Al Dente Pasta is the perfect marriage of traditional methods and modern taste. While other handmade pastas are extruded, Al Dente makes its pasta according to the northern Italian tradition of rolling sheets of dough. This yields pasta with an exceptional texture - tender but firm - that cooks in just three minutes.
Some of Monique's pastas are available at fine food stores throughout the U.S., but many ofAl Dente Pasta's whole wheat pasta, low carb pasta or organic pasta. her most innovative recipes aren't sold in stores. We're featuring four different samplers that showcase her knack forRead More »from The art of pasta