Homemade Artisan Pasta for a Mother's Day Gift
Making Homemade Pasta can be Fun
Home Made Pasta is so Delicious!
Pasta is not only good for you, but it’s popular, too. Almost everyone likes it, even picky eaters; and it’s so easy to make fresh pasta. Want to make a Mom a gift she’ll use and ask for more? How’s ‘make her some flavored, artisan pasta’ for another Mother’s Day craft gift ideas?
If you don’t know how to make pasta from scratch, you’re going to wonder why you didn’t just figure it out yourself. It’s flour, egg, liquid, and salt. Mixed and kneaded into a well-combined dough you can create a starchy goodness that people can’t get anywhere else. Store fresh pasta in a cute Tin or Jar with, a gift like this can be made and dried for storage ahead of time, and it’s a gift people will use. Nearly everyone loves homemade pasta.
Usually fresh noodles are made on the counter without a bowl. I have decided it’s so much easier to clean up in a bowl and I can carry a bowl to the living room to watch a show while I mix and knead or shape.
How to Make Fresh Pasta
You will need:
- A bowl
- A rolling pin or pasta roller
- A wooden spoon
- A fork
- 2 cups of white flour; use ½ or all whole wheat, grains
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 2 whole eggs (or 4 eggs with the yolks removed for white pasta)
- 2/3 cups of cold milk
- Sheets of waxed paper or foil to lay it on to dry
The pasta ingredients listed above are vital to making the pasta dough. Moisture levels can be added to or subtracted from if the amount of flour is of half whole-wheat or all whole-wheat flour; don‘t add all the milk at once, so it can be easily adjusted.
Other additions can also affect the moisture content of the dough, but not by much; if more is needed, then use more, but add it in very small amounts and feel free to mix and match flavor ingredients. Start with ¼ cup of whichever additions you like and go from there.
Add Good Stuff to Easy Noodle Recipes
Other additions for Artisan Pasta can be:
- Flaked red chile flakes
- Garlic powder
- Jalapenos or other pepper
- Minced or ground bacon, cooked and crumbled, grease squeezed out
- Grated hard cheeses
- Sweet red, yellow, green peppers, minced tiny
- Lemon or lime zest
- Onions minced and muddled and squeezed
A very smooth, fresh pasta dough will come from dough that’s been worked past just being mixed. It makes the gluten stretch longer and makes excellent ‘tooth’ to the end result, but you don‘t want to manipulate the dough too much. When finished, allow it to sit for 30 minutes to minimize shrinkage of the dough when rolling it out.
Here is where you decide what to do with it, what pasta shapes to make. Take the ball of dough and divide it into four equal pieces. If you have only a rolling pin, then flour your rolling space and go to town on one piece at a time.
Roll it out as flat and paper-thin as you can get it. If you can see through it, even better, depending on what shape you choose to make. With a rolling pin, it’s quite a harder and longer process, but you’ll end up with enough of your homemade food gift to feed four to six, easily.
Shaping the Gourmet Pasta Recipes
Now you’re a pasta gourmet chef; cut your pasta into strips; spaghetti, fettucine, lasagna, or be creative and make your own shape - cut long strips into rectangles and pinch them in the center of the long sides, creating little bow-tie pasta. Or, make quarter-inch wide strips and twist them.
Little pea-sized cups are easy and time consuming, but when it’s done sitting down comfortably in front of family or a television, the time passes quickly. Roll a ball of dough the size of a pea and push your pinky tip into it, making a small cap or cup. Just don’t make any shape that’s too thick, or the thick part will take longer to cook than the thinner parts and it doesn’t have a good mouth-feel.
Lay out your fresh noodles to dry, it’ll take anywhere from 12 to 36 hours, depending on how thick the pasta is. Never wrap it up or put it in a container before it’s completely dried or it’ll mold while in the cabinet. No moisture = pasta that lasts longer. Also, move or roll them over at some point so they don’t stick to what they’re laying on while they dry.
A Tip for Homemade Pasta Dough
TIP: If you’re using a pasta rolling machine then make extra certain that any minced food pieces are so small that they don’t tear the pasta as it rolls through the roller. If this happens, it’s too late to re-chop the food particles, so you need to make the pasta just one level thicker.
When making fresh pasta it will cook according to it’s density and thickness, but it cooks faster than commercial pastas, so wait until everything else is almost ready before adding it to salty boiling water. It can take from as little as two minutes to six or seven.
Make the water as salty as sea water and your handmade pasta will come out tasting great every time. Artisan pasta with flavors added may just need a little fresh black pepper and a dash of extra virgin olive oil, and no sauce is necessary. Grated Parmesano Regiano tops it off delectably!
- The old Coupon idea taken further
- Scented and colored mineral salts in beautiful glass vessels
- Original spice mixes and condiments
- Homemade Artisan Pasta
- Craft supplies (is *enough craft supplies* even a real thing?)
- Natural cosmetics, cleansers and moisturizers
- Bedazzled candles and tea lights
- Handmade blanket
- Photograph album that’s a paper album, not digital
- Cedar birdhouse
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