Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making Pasta

I love homemade pasta. I have to admit I don't make it very often. I convinced Mike if I had a Pasta Maker Attachment for the Kitchen Aid that I would make it more often.  Truth be told I have only used it a couple of times.

Today I had dinner planned, went to get the Egg Noodles and to my surprise I didn't have any.  I could change what I was making for dinner or I could make some noodles.

It is very simple to make and it taste so much better than the egg noodles from the store.
An added bonus is the girls love to help and the pasta maker adds to the fun.

 
 


I use the recipe that came in the Kitchen Aid Book.

4 eggs
1 Tablespoon Water
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Place eggs, water, flour, and salt in mixing bowl. Mix 30 seconds. Knead for 2 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 1-2 minutes.
Let dough rest for 20 minutes.
Divide dough into 4 pieces before processing.

I use some whole wheat flour so I always have to add more water. You add a very little bit at a time, you don't want a wet dough.
At this point you can use a Pasta Attachment or roll out the dough to desired thickness and cut your noodles.

I usually end up making multiple batches and put the extra in the freezer but tonight we just made one batch.

I love that you can just cook the pasta right after it is made. Takes about 2-3 minutes. One way to tell if it is done is the noodles start to float to the top.



I add 1 Tablespoon Oil and 1 Teaspoon salt to water.





If you want to save the Pasta after it is cut  you can air dry the noodles in a single layer on a towel or drying rack for an hour. You can store the pasta in a container in the refrigerator. If you want to freeze the pasta, air dry for no more than an hour. Dust the pasta with flour and form into "nest" and place in container and freeze.

 Dry pasta takes about 7 minutes to cook.

With or without a pasta maker making homemade noodles is fun and a good way to get the kids in the kitchen.

9 comments:

  1. Oh I am afraid to admit I own a pasta maker that I just had to have, I think I have only used it a handful of times in 20 years I should drag it out you are making me want to try again. They if I remember correctly were incredible. Take care. B

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    1. Buttons, you should dust off that pasta maker. They do taste delicious.

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  2. Oh, yum!

    Egg noodles are good food, but home-made? Um, yes, please!

    Greetings from Minneapolis,

    Pearl

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  3. I love making pasta! Try mixing in fresh spinach this summer and roasted red peppers! I sold quite a few of those combos at the farmers market!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions. That does sound good!

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  4. I have said for years that I'd try making homemade pasta. I even got a pasta maker one year for Christmas and I think it's still in the packaging. I must figure it out!

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    1. Jan,

      I think you will really enjoy it.

      I need to use mine more often so Mike takes me seriously the next time I try to convince him of a Kitchen Gadget I must have :)

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    2. Also, Thanks for visiting :)

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