It may take a little effort to make homemade pasta, but let me tell you…SO WORTH IT!
I knew making homemade pasta would be that “wow” when my guests would come over for dinner. So when my friend Janine asked me to come over to make homemade pesto with no nuts, I offered to make homemade pasta.
I grew up with my mother making homemade pasta all the time, I had the original hand cranker machine, similar to this one, I’ve never used this one but at under $30 I thought if you were going to invest in a machine, why not this one? You can click on the photo to be taken to Amazon to explore this and other options.
For me, I have the Kitchen-Aid mixer, similar to this one
My model has an attachment that I used, while it is an investment, it does shorten the time in making homemade pasta.
To make the pasta, simply put your eggs, flour and oil in your bowl and mix (follow my instructions on the bottom not the photos)
Once the dough is mixed, place it on your countertop, making sure there is a little flour on the surface as you don’t want the dough to stick to the counter
knead the dough until the surface is smooth (about 4-5 minutes)
cover your dough with a moist towel (this will help the dough from drying out)
take a small portion of your dough and on the largest setting run the dough through the machine (my setting is 0), run the dough through this setting 3 times, then bring the setting down 2 notches, this is too thick for pasta
I do this until I get the dough nice and thin
Once the dough is at the consistency you want place the rolled out dough on floured table cloth until all the dough is rolled out (this is part of the drying part and critical for making homemade pasta). Once your pasta has dried out, use the large roller to cut your pasta, once again place on your floured table cloth
Once all the pasta is cut, you bring your water to a boil, place the homemade pasta in the water, stir. The pasta cooks very quick, 3-4 minutes, remove from water and serve with your favorite sauce.
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum