How to Make Pasta with a Pasta Machine

Fresh home made pasta
Fresh home made pasta

Make Your Own Pasta

I recently bought a pasta machine with the intention of making my own home made fresh pasta. I prefer fresh pasta to dried and I wanted to try my very own.

I went out and purchased my pasta machine and set it up straight away. It has to be clamped to the side board so that it doesn't slide all over the place, and it comes with separate attachments. One makes tagliatelle and the other makes fettucine. The main part of the pasta machine smooths out the dough so that you can make lasagne or use a cutter for ravioli.

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Prepare you pasta dough before putting it through the machineKeep changing the settingsLooks like pasta!Use the cutter attachment Hang on something to dry
Prepare you pasta dough before putting it through the machine
Prepare you pasta dough before putting it through the machine
Keep changing the settings
Keep changing the settings
Looks like pasta!
Looks like pasta!
Use the cutter attachment
Use the cutter attachment
Hang on something to dry
Hang on something to dry

Making Pasta Dough

To make enough pasta for 6 people, the ingredients are:

  • 4 eggs
  • 500g plain flour (use '00' graded flour for pasta)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well one by one, then begin to whisk. Add the olive oil and combine all of the ingredients.

This will form a dough which should not be sticky. If it is too dry then add a little lukewarm water. If it is too sticky then add a sprinkling of flour.

Place the dough on a floured worktop and knead the dough to an even consistency.

Next place the dough on a cloth. If you cut it into about 3 pieces it will be easier to work with.

Preparing the Machine

Use the instructions which come with the machine. For a basic pasta machine, start on the lowest setting which is when it is at its widest.

If you are doing it for the first time, get some assistance in either holding the pasta dough or turning the handle!

Place one of your pieces of dough (flatten it slightly) at the top and pass it through the rollers by turning the handle. Fold your dough and pass it again another 3 or 4 times.

Move the setting up by one notch and pass it through again. Then change the setting and pass it through. Do this until your pasta is at the desired thickness.

Practice does make perfect, but before you know it, you'll be doing it really quickly.

Once you have got your pasta you can use an attachment if you want to cut it. Let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

Pass it through and turn the handle (you may have to move your handle). Once the pasta is cooked, hang it over a pasta stand or improvise with something!

Repeat the process again with the other batches of dough.

If your pasta becomes sticky when passing it through the rollers, just add some more flour.

Then you have your finished pasta! All you need to do next is to drop it into boiling water for 1 or 2 minutes and serve.

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How to Serve Your Pasta

Make yourself a cheese sauce by mixing a small amount of butter in a pan on the heat with some cornflour, then whisking in milk and adding grated cheese. Or simply serve with red pepper pesto and parma ham.

You can also make green or red pasta. The green pasta is made with spinach, which is boiled and blended down. Add 250g of spinach to the dough mix.

Red pasta is made with tomato puree. Heat a tablespoon of puree and add this to your dough.

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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Emma. How interesting. I would love to try this some day. Making the pasta dough seems easy enough. Great job, thanks for sharing this. Voted up, shared, interesting, etc....


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Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi bdegiulio - thank you so much for voting and sharing. Pasta is easier than I imagined to make and it is really enjoyable!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

I've never tried making my own pasta, but it surely looks like fun! Fresh pasta usually tastes better than dry pasta, I think. :)


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Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

I agree, it does taste better. Mine is not quite as good as my husband's Italian Grandmother's but it makes cooking more involved. Thanks Om :)

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