Breads & Biscuits, Main Dish

Fresh, Homemade Pasta

June 1, 2011
I am a huge carb lover.
I love bread.
I love pasta.
I love rice.
Yum – Yum – Yum.
This obsession love of carbs comes from my Italian side.  I am half Italian and I grew up eating pasta and bread.  It is my comfort food.  If I am not feeling well, I watch Sex and the City (yes, my guilty pleasure!) and cook up some pasta and butter.  It just makes me feel so much better 🙂.
When I started cooking a lot more and got more comfortable in the kitchen, I started making breads from scratch.  This was a huge revelation of how amazing homemade bread is!  And then when I got even more comfortable in the kitchen, I started making homemade pasta.  I cannot say enough of how incredibly delicious homemade pasta is!
Homemade pasta is sooooo worth the extra effort.  Yes, making store-bought pasta is probably one of the easiest dinners out there.  And of course I still eat this type of pasta often.  But on those nights that you have an extra hour to put dinner together, I definitely suggest for you to make homemade pasta!
Homemade pasta really only has 4 easy steps:
1) Make the dough
2) Roll out the dough
3) Cut the dough
4) Cook the pasta
Each step is fairly simple.  The steps are not overly complicated, and are easy to follow.  I have full confidence that anyone can make homemade pasta.  If you put your mind to it and follow the simple directions, you can definitely do it!
What makes homemade pasta so easy to make is a pasta roller.  This piece of equipment is key!  If you have a kitchen aid mixer, you can purchase an attachment that makes your job so much easier.  You can also purchase a pasta cutter attachment that helps even more.  These attachments do the job of rolling and cutting the pasta for you, where you would normally have to do it by hand.  If you roll and cut the pasta by hand it takes much longer and is much harder.  If possible, I would highly (highly!) recommend you getting a pasta roller.  And a pasta cutter if you really want to go all out 🙂.
This recipe for fresh pasta is very flavorful!  It tastes so good on its own, only a little butter/oil, salt, and pepper makes it even better.  This time I topped mine with a rustic tomato meat sauce.  But I have had this fresh pasta recipe with a few different sauces and everything tastes very good.  This fresh, homemade pasta recipe is a perfect base for any type of pasta you like!
Next time you have a craving for pasta and have some extra time on your hands, make this pasta!  You will be very happy!  And your family & friends will be so impressed!

 

Fresh Pasta
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Makes: 1 lb. of Pasta
½ cups All Purpose Flour
½ cups Semolina Flour
½ tsp. Salt
4 Eggs
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
3 tbsp. Water
Combine the all purpose flour, the semolina flour, and the salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the eggs and beat until the eggs start to incorporate into the flours and the dough is shaggy looking.  Add the olive oil and water and beat for 5 seconds.   The dough will still be shaggy looking and in pieces/crumbles.  Pour the dough out onto a clean surface and knead the dough until it comes together completely and forms a cohesive, smooth ball.  Divide the dough into 4 smaller balls.  Cover with a damp towel and let sit on the counter for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes have passed, start thinning the pasta dough.  The best and easiest way to do this is with a pasta roller.  I have this kitchen aid attachment and it works fantastic! The directions I give will be with a pasta roller (more specifically this kitchen aid attachment), however, this process can definitely be done by hand.  It will just take a lot more work and time.
To begging thinning the pasta, take one ball of dough out from under the towel (leaving the other balls of dough under the damp towel).  On a lightly floured surface (use all purpose flour), roll the dough out until it can fit through the pasta roller (about ¼ inch thick).  With the pasta roller on the lowest, widest setting (setting one on the kitchen aid attachment), turn the roller on and run the pasta through.   Fold the pasta in thirds and then roll out it out again.  Run the pasta through on the same setting and fold the dough in thirds again.  Continue this same process about 5 times, until the pasta is at the desired texture.
Now you can start thinning the pasta, and stop rolling and folding the pasta.  On the 2nd widest setting (setting two on the kitchen aid attachment), run the pasta through.  At this point the pasta will start to become long.  Be careful and gentle with the pasta, using both hands while rolling it out through the pasta roller.  And if the pasta gets to long for you to work with, you can always cut the pasta sheet in half.
Continue running the pasta sheet through the pasta, gradually moving down one setting between each roll.  Stop when you are at the desired thinness (I stopped at setting 5).  When finished, set the pasta sheet aside and cover with damp towels.  Continue with the rest of the dough balls.
Before cutting the pasta, start bringing a pot of water to a boil.
Now you are ready to cut the pasta.  The best and easiest way to do this is with a pasta cutter.  I also have a kitchen aid attachment that cuts the pasta into linguini and/or fettuccini.  If you don’t have a pasta cutter, you can always cut the pasta using a knife.  This takes a little it longer but is not that hard.  To cut the pasta by hand, all you have to do is cut the pasta sheets in half so they aren’t too long.  Working with 1 smaller sheet at a time (keeping the other pasta sheets under the damp towels), fold the pasta in thirds and cut strips using a sharp knife.  Then continue with the rest of the pasta sheets.
To cut the pasta sheets with a pasta roller, cut the pasta sheets in half so they are not too long.  Working with one smaller sheet of dough at a time (keeping the other pasta sheets under the damp towels), run the pasta through the cutter.  Carefully and gently set the pasta strips aside and cover with a damp cloth.  Continue cutting the other sheets of pasta.
When all the pasta is cut, place the pasta into the boiling water.  Add a generous pinch of salt and a little bit of olive oil.  Cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.  Drain the pasta and top with your favorite sauce.
Serve and enjoy :)!
Recipe from Annie Eats.

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