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Make A Homemade Fresh Pasta Feast

Updated on June 14, 2013

Making A Homemade Fresh Pasta Feast

Making the pasta is the simple part. Mix eggs and flour and roll it out flat. cut in the shape you wish and add to boiling salted water. After that it is the sauce that makes the feast.

Making pasta with a machine is quick and easy. There are attachments for stand mixers, stand alone machines for rolled pasta even pasta extruders. You can make any pasta you wish quick and easy.

Once you've made homemade fresh pasta you'll not go back to the dried store bought. You have the power and control to what yopu eat.

Homemade Fresh Pasta

Making homemade fresh pasta is as simple as combining fresh eggs and flour and rolling them flat. It is simple then to just slice up the rolled out dough into noodles, any thinckness you wish. Of course you could simplify the task by using a pasta rooler/cutting machine. It makes it a lot simpler.

I've enjoyed making homemade fresh pasta ever before because I left home on my very own. Not just because there are lots of types and designs of pasta but even more types of pasta sauces.

Homemade Fresh Pasta

It begins with the flour. Plain white all purpose flour is a beginning however you could additionally combine in coarser ground semolina flour, which makes the pasta richer and more tasty. Usually it is on an equal basis.

Attempt:.

2 cups of flour.

3 eggs.

or.

1 cup all-purpose flour.

1 cup semolina flour.

3 eggs.

Mix the flour together and make a well in the center of the heap of flour. Fracture the eggs in the center and mix the eggs a bit prior to gradually including the flour into the egg mix. If the dough is sticky and too wet, include even more flour. Once the dough is kneaded to a smooth consistency, wrap it in plastic cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for about an hour.

After resting, cut the dough in 4 parts and flatten the dough into a rectangle and roll the dough out as thin as you'd like. Dust the dough with flour if it gets too sticky. Once it is rolled as thin as you'd like set it aside to rest. Roll out the other dough balls. When ready to cook just fold the flattened sheets many times then use a sharp knife and cut the dough into thin ribbons. They don't have to all be even, keep it rustic. It adds to the charm and shows its handmade.

If you have a pasta machine you can roll the portioned dough out using the widest setting at the start. Run the dough through the widest setting a few times first fold the dough into thirds before running it through again. If the dough comes out smooth and even then click the rollers closer running it through each time. Again if the dough is getting sticky then dust the surface with flour before running it through.

Hang the flattened slabs of pasta to dry a bit while doing the exact same to the other 3 parts of dough. You could make use of the slabs to make lasagna or stuffed pasta like ravioli. There are some that have add-ons to make any type of kind of pasta you could think of.

Keep it simple. That is the entire point of making homemade fresh pasta. If it becomes a chore, you'll not do it so frequently.

For those with allergic reactions there is eggless pasta and.

gluten cost-free pasta to explore. Never ever are afraid there are choices.

Making homemade fresh pasta is as simple as combining fresh eggs and flour and rolling them flat. Not just is there so many people pasta tastes and designs however there is even more pasta sauces. Plain white all purpose flour is a beginning however you could additionally blend in coarser ground semolina flour, which makes the pasta richer and more tasty. After resting, cut the dough in 4 parts and around flatten the dough into a rectangle and deliver it with the rollers of you pasta equipment set at it largest setting. Hang the flattened slabs of pasta to dry a bit while doing the exact same to the other 3 parts of dough.

Flipping the TV channels on day I stumbled upon a show called the Americas Test Kitchen. I paused only because they were making pasta and I chanced to grab this recipe in time. I went online to look for it but they wanted be to subscribe to their site for a monthly fee. I pay enough fees in my daily life so I declined but I did grab the info I needed off the TV show so here's what I found.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 -10 minutes to mix but 4 hours resting

Total Time: about 4.5 hours

Serves: 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour ( all purpose or semolina
  • whole wheat
  • spelt or whatever you think)
  • 2 large eggs plus 6 yokes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt (for cooking water only)

Instructions

  1. 1: Pulse flour,eggs, extra yokes and oil in a food processor until mixed - about 30 - 45 seconds. Now every egg is a different size so add flour if the dough is too tacky and dip your fingers in water and sprinkle it on the dough if it is too dry.
  2. 2: Turn the dough out into the center of a sheet of plastic wrap and gather the dough into a ball then cover with wrap and set in refrigerator for 4 hours to rest.
  3. 3:Unwrap the dough and cut into 6 pieces. Each piece you can lightly dust with flour press into a rough 3 x 3 inch square and either roll out the dough into a long thin strip with a rolling pin or use a pasta machine. You'll be surprised how flexible dough really is and how easy it is to roll out by hand.
  4. 4: Set the dough strips aside to dry slightly before cutting into noodles.
  5. 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all the dough is rolled out
  6. 6: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. While waiting for the water to boil cut the strips into noodles. If you are cutting by hand ; fold the strips in half and half again continuing until you have a folded bundle that you can easily slice off 1/4 inch noodles or thinner if you wish. Fresh noodle cook in minutes so be careful to time your meal right.
  7. Enjoy!
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Let's Get Saucy

With homemade fresh pasta the sauce is what makes the feast. You can enjoy it with simply adding a dollop of butter. I go the route of fresh tomato sauce or a meat sauce when I am featuring the pasta as a meal. Try basic white sauce or a cheese sauce when you are using homemade fresh pasta as a side dish.

Pasta Can Be Made By Hand But... - With These You Can Make Pasta Fasta..

If you venture into making homemade fresh pasta then you need a machine. Sure you can roll out the dough like many Italian mama's and risk getting the big arms from all that exercise. You can get the manual pasta makers or attachments for your KitchenAid stand mixer. Don't forget the other needed accessories like pasta drying stands and books. Here are a few samples.

Note: Beware getting a cheaper hand cranker... I went through three cheap ones before I gave in and bought a good one. Buy quality and you'll never regret.

Imperia Pasta Maker Machine (150) By Cucina Pro - Heavy Duty Steel Construction with Easy Lock Dial and Wood Grip Handle
Imperia Pasta Maker Machine (150) By Cucina Pro - Heavy Duty Steel Construction with Easy Lock Dial and Wood Grip Handle

Start with a hand cranker. It's good to get one in a bit higher price range. I have gone cheap and broken it on the second time through so buy the best one you can afford.

 
KitchenAid KPDR Pasta Drying Rack Attachment
KitchenAid KPDR Pasta Drying Rack Attachment

I changed the furniture in my kitchen from straight back ladder chairs to rounded top so I now need a drying rack for my pasta. Besides it is more hygenic.

 
The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles
The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles

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homemade fresh pasta sauce

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Now after passing fifty years I am now focusing on healthy meals, homemade meals - and cutting out all processed foods.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I just had supper with fresh pasta, homemade white sauce and hickory smoked bison sausage. The step that took the longest was boiling the big post of water.

      As it was just the two of us I just cracked one egg into a pile of flour I dumped on the table and mixed the egg into the flour until the dough was formed. I let it sit a bit while I set up my machine, then rolled it out a couple times and ran it through the linguine cutter to make nice think noodles.

      I used what was left of the flour on the table to make a white sauce with butter and a bit of nutmeg.

      The sausage I just chunked up and heated in a fry pan.

      All this while waiting for the water to boil. I love my new pasta machine... using fresh pasta it takes less than 5 minutes to cook. And tastes wonderful;.