It certainly is a lot easier and faster to just open a box of dried pasta, dump it into boiling water and have dinner ready in less than 15 minutes. And 99% of the time- that's how we roll too. But when you have the time, want to cook with the kids, and would like to make something that is so much tastier than the boxed variety- I highly recommend making your own homemade pasta!
Pasta is just a few simple ingredients: flour, salt, eggs, and water- and when you use a hand-crack pasta machine it truly makes it fun for the kids!
How to Make Homemade Pasta:
It all starts in the food processor- by blending together the flour, salt, eggs, and water until-
It comes together in a coarse-crumb like dough. Remove the dough from the bowl of the food processor and knead it on your counter for 5-10 minutes until silky and pliable.
Form a ball, roll it in flour, wrap in plastic wrap, and allow it “to rest” for about an hour.
Cut your dough into 6 equal pieces, and roll it out into a long rectangle using a rolling pin.
Feed each rectangle of pasta into the hand-crank machine- set on it's widest setting.
Turn the knob to make the setting thinner, and crank that sheet of past through one…
three more times- and watch that baby grow, grow, grow!
Now you want to change add the cutting attachment to the hand crank machine, and you'll also need to change the handle to be attached to the cutter, not the roller.
Cut the pasta into the desired shapes (we usually make fettuccine).
It helps to sue your fingers to separate the strands and toss them in a bit of flour to keep them from sticking together.
Gently sprinkle the strands into boiling water to keep them separated. Fresh pasta only needs 2-3 minutes to cook in boiling water- so work fast!
Homemade Pasta Recipe:
- 2 cups flour (I use unbleached flour- but you can use all-purpose or semolina)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- In your food processor- mix together the flour and salt and blend for 5 seconds. Add the eggs and 4 tablespoons of warm water, and pulse to blend until a moist dough forms.
- You can add more warm water, a tablespoon at a time if the dough is too dry.
- Remove the dough from the food processor and knead it on your kitchen counter for 5-10 minutes until the dough is silky and pliable. You can sprinkle in more flour if it is too sticky. Form a ball, lightly dust the outside of the dough with flour, and wrap in plastic wrap to “rest” for about an hour.
- Unwrap the dough from the plastic wrap and cut into 6 equal'ish pieces.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten one of the pieces until it is thin enough that it can be fed through your pasta machine at the widest setting.
- Crank it through the machine once. Adjust the knob to a thinner setting (I usually skip down two), run the pasta through again, and then adjust the knob to an even thinner setting, and run it through one more time.
- Add the cutting attachment to the end of the pasta maker and switch the handle to “drive” the attachment rather than the base. Run the pasta through again to cut the noodles.
- Use your hands to gently split them apart, and toss them in a bit of flour to keep them from sticking together while you cut the rest of the pasta.
- Fresh pasta cooks very quickly- about 2-3 minutes in boiling water is all that it takes!
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