I got a pasta machine as a gift, and it turned out to be a perfect gift for me — I'm a big pasta lover and I have many ideas for thick and runny sauces, stuffings, and general pasta shenanigans :-)
And believe me when I say, that you can really feel a difference between home-made pasta and the one you buy at the store. It's springy, perfectly tasty, easy to prepare and so much fun. It's also a great basic ingredient that you can prepare on lazy evening, dry a bit, freeze, and use when needed during the week!
Tomatoes are very healthy thanks to the lycopene, but they also taste amazing when you cook them in a cream soup with a pinch of red pepper and garlic. And herbs, croutons, bread rolls or literally anything you would ever want to put in a cream soup, it's so versatile. And because it's summer time now, you can even let it chill and serve it cold. How cool is that?