Pasta: Make It At Home


Since I mentioned pasta in the last post, it deserves a little more discussion.  Now, I never thought I’d be making pasta at home, but thanks to a Foodie Adventure in Italy a couple of years ago, I learned it wasn’t all that hard.  Not only that, fresh made pasta tastes oh so good!  Here’s what you do.

pasta doughOn a clean surface, put 2 cups of flour (all purpose or semolina).  Make a well in the center.  Into the well, break 3 eggs and add 1/4 t. each salt and olive oil and mix gently with a fork.  

pasta doughThen, start adding flour to the mix and blend until all flour is used and you can shape the dough into a ball.

pasta doughKnead the dough for about 15 minutes until all the flour is worked in and the dough is soft and pliable.  After kneading, wrap the dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until you are ready to use it.

pasta doughNow comes the fun part.  Divide the dough into equal sections and roll each one through a pasta maker, starting with the lowest setting.  Repeat several times, moving through the settings from low to high.  During the process, it may be necessary to cut the strip in half to make it easier to handle.  

Once the strips are made you can cut the dough into whatever shape–lasagna noodles, ravioli, spaghetti–you wish.

pasta dough

If you want to add color to your pasta, add 1/4-1/2 c. pureed vegetable to the well and blend with the flour.

pasta doughWhen you are all finished making the pasta, let it dry for a bit before cooking which, by the way, takes no longer than 4-5 minutes in boiling water.  I do this on a board or cookie sheet that is sprinkled generously with flour.  The Italian lady who showed me how to make pasta said there’s no such thing as too much flour.  (Sounds a little like Julia Childs about butter, huhn?)  She also used a wooden board for blending ingredients and drying the pasta and that became a must have for me.  If it is still available IKEA has a perfect one for only $10, and it is worth every cent!

ravioli/pastaOnce you’ve made pasta, you’ll never want to use store bought again and I can assure you, anyone who eats whatever you make with it will appreciate your effort.

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19 thoughts on “Pasta: Make It At Home

  1. Yes there is such a difference. When I was 3 and 4 years old I can remember making the raviolis with grandma. I’d paint the edges with egg to help them stay shut, learned to cook at low boil so don’t break apart and she always let me make one for myself which was the size of an entire plate !

  2. Hi Lulu, just saw that your posts have not been loading into my Reader -argh, so I un-followed and re-followed! I love making bread and have always wanted to try pasta, I think maybe your post is moving me closer to try it. The final photograph sold me!

  3. You make it sound easy Lulu, I have tried it with an attachment to my mixer, but it was so awful I took the attachment back! And it wasn’t easy either! How about I bring the appetizers and you make the pasta? Your ravioli is mouthwatering!
    Jenna

    • I’ve been surprised to find I like pasta making. No sophisticated equipment. Just my hands and a hand cranked pasta maker. Ravioli is a little time consuming I do admit.

  4. How fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve made pasta… Time to dust off the roller attachment for the KA:@)

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