10.18.2012

Homemade Pasta

Ok, ok!  I'm well aware that I am extremely behind on my posts!  I started working full time and although I have still been making tons of great dishes, I haven't really had the time to blog about them.  Please bear with me!  Here is a post from June (I know!)...

Yesterday was Father's day and I wanted to make a special dinner for my dad and grandfather.  My dad isn't very picky and will pretty much eat anything you put in front of him!  My 92 year old grandfather immigrated here from Italy, so I thought it would be nice to treat him to the real deal...homemade pasta!

Homemade pasta is so delicious!  If you've never had it, you need to try it immediately!  I can always tell the difference when dining out.  Making it IS a process, but only takes a few minutes to boil and the result is well worth the work.

With the help of my mother, I used my grandmother's recipe and kneaded everything by hand like she used to.  I also used an old school pasta machine (also my grandmothers), which makes the process easier, but it's not necessary.

Mangia!




INGREDIENTS
-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you will also need more to dust pasta with, to prevent sticking together, 
  probably about 1 cup)
-1 teaspoon salt
-4 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons of water (approximate)
-1 Tablespoon of high quality olive oil



 
 
DIRECTIONS
Blend flour & salt and create a mound on your work surface (you will need a decent sized work
space)
 
Form a well in the mound and add the eggs, oil and water
 
 
Start to mix all the ingredients together and knead it until you have a smooth ball (dough should be
not be dry, sticky or tacky; if it is, add more water or flour until you have the right consistency)
 


 
Cover the dough with a small bowl and let rise for about 1/2 hour or so
 
 
Cut the dough ball into sections and generously flour your work surface
 
 
Using a rolling pin, start to roll out the dough, flipping and flouring throughout to prevent sticking
 
Roll until thin enough to put through the pasta machine and cut it into sections (this makes it easier to put through the pasta machine)
 
 
**If you don't have a pasta machine, roll until its as thin as possible and then cut the pasta to desired shape (i.e, fettuccine, linguine, etc)
 
Start feeding the pasta "sheet" through the pasta machine, decreasing the slot size each time, to thin
 it out as much as possible (the pasta will double in size once cooked)
 
 
 
Set the machine to desired type of noodle you would prefer
 
Feed the thin pasta sheet through the machine and repeat until all sheets are cut
 
 
 
Dust all pasta with flour and let it sit for about a half hour


Add a healthy pinch of salt to a big pot of water and bring to a boil
 
Add pasta and cook for about three minutes
 
Drain and serve your favorite way! (I used homemade meatsauce and meatballs)
 

1 comment:

  1. My grandmother used to make it at home. Though the pattern was a bit different but the taste and the recipe was almost the same. Trust me it is more delicious than the one available in market.

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