Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cooking from Scratch-Making and Freezing Pasta



Homemade noodles are right up there with bread when it comes to favorite foods. I will admit, they are not on the menu very often, even after the purchase of a pasta maker.

It is much easier to pull out a bag/box of noodles, than it is to plan ahead for a batch of homemade ones.


While shopping, my daughter asked me to buy whole grain noodles at the store. I had my grocery list, and that item was not on it. I have been trying really hard to stick to a grocery budget, which means sticking to the menu, and the list. We had boxes of pasta at home, just not whole grain. I told her we could make our own.

Two days later, she reminded me! (kids are good at that)


Since we were going to have to get everything out, and make a mess of the kitchen, we might as well make a lot of noodles. 


I use a basic pasta recipe that came with our Pasta Maker  (Kitchen Aid)


Basic Egg Pasta

4 whole eggs
1 Tablespoon water (2 Tablespoons for whole wheat flour)

3 1/2  cups sifted flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place flour and salt in bowl, add eggs and water.
Mix. 

Knead for 3-4 minutes. (If using Mixer, knead for 2 minutes-then knead by hand for 1-2 minutes)
Let dough rest for 20 minutes. 

Divide dough into 4 pieces. 


After "resting" these ended up being a little crumbly,
 we had to add a little water, when we started working with the dough.


Now you can run the dough through the pasta maker OR roll out into sheets (desired thickness) and cut into strips (desired widths)


Yields approximately 1 1/4 pounds of dough

I used whole wheat flour for two batches, and 1/2 white flour and 1/2 whole wheat for the other batches. 
-Dough should be firm and pliable. It should not stick to your fingers, but not crumble or fall apart.
-You can add water when working with the dough. I usually have to add a little bit. 



We used the pasta maker to make the noodles.
Spaghetti noodles, egg noodles, and some left in sheets for ravioli.

After cutting the pasta we laid it out on sheets of parchment paper on the table. 



You can cook the pasta right after cutting. It can also be dried or frozen. 


To dry the pasta, lay strands of pasta in a single layer on drying rack or towel. Air dry for up to an hour. Store the dried pasta in airtight container in the refrigerator.

To freeze, let the pasta air dry for no more than an hour and freeze in airtight container.(I use freezer bags)  It is not necessary to separate strands of pasta before freezing. You can dust with flour (I didn't find it necessary) and form into "nest". 


With the large amount of pasta that we made, we chose to freeze it. I would not have had enough room to dry it in a single layer.


Cooking the pasta-

Dry Pasta-7 minutes
Fresh Pasta 2-5 minutes (depends on thickness of noodles)

The recipe I use suggest adding 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 Tablespoon of oil to the water. (I never do)

Gradually add pasta to boiling water, cook at a boil until Pasta is "al dente"
Stir occasionally. 

Drain.

It has been nice having pasta in the freezer. We just used up our last bag. I will be making more. 











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12 comments:

  1. Ha, kids are certainly good at reminding us of everything we say. lol
    Love that you're making noodles. They look wonderful - thank you for sharing your method of making them. We love them, but don't get to have them too often because of the carbs. Goodman is diabetic, but I will admit that I sneak and have spaghetti quite often when he is working. ;)

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    1. Yes, they do :) Especially mine. If you don't mean it, don't say it because they will remember!

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  2. I have never made pasta. It looks so good.
    I hear you on the grocery store budget.

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    1. I keep telling myself a budgets is good... ;)

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  3. That looks like a lot of work... but worth it. I just believe that everything is better homemade!

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    1. It isn't too bad-but it is time consuming, so it pays off to make extra!
      The girls love helping, and they are in charge of the pasta maker :)

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  4. I have been contemplating making pasta...this looks like a hint:). It is colder today than they had originally forecast so our first plan (butchering Roosters) is postponed. So thank you....pasta experiments it is!

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    1. Homemade noodles are the best :)
      Have fun!

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  5. I love homemade pasta - been making it for years now. I'm finally getting into adding some new ingredients to mine.

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  6. I have not tried making pasta yet, but I bet it is so tasty. I don't have the pasta maker though. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop, I'm sharing you post!

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  7. Wow how nice to make your own homemade pasta!
    Thanks for sharing this at Monday's Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the rest of the week and we hope to see you again.
    Julie

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  8. Wow...how great! I've always wanted to do this!

    I would love for you to share this at my Facebook Group for Recipes, Crafts, and Tips and Tricks!!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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