Saturday, April 19, 2014

Making Fresh Pasta

After a Viking class and another class in Chicago, I decided to try my hand at making fresh pasta at home.  I ordered pasta roller attachments for my Kitchenaid mixer, which cost quite a bit but are worth every penny!  It's so much easier to roll pasta on your own with the helping hand.
Love using the food processor Dan gave me for my birthday.
I used a semolina pasta recipe out of the Making Artisan Pasta book for my first attempt.  The dough made plenty for a couple of meals for Dan and me!  It surprised me how easily the dough came together... flour, egg, water.  So basic!  So much simpler than I thought!
I had a lot of fun playing with the dough.  Like my classes, I started on the low rolling setting, folded the result into thirds, then repeated a few times before moving up a setting.  I found that using the fettuccine cutter was difficult on my own, but cutting the pasta with a dough cutter and making butterflies was much easier.
These look so fun, but are so easy to make!  You just pinch them!
I made so much pasta, we let some of it dry to use later.  I really liked the texture and taste of the fresh stuff!  This has inspired me to stop buying boxes of pasta and start making my own more often.  It will cut down on the occasions I eat pasta, but quality is better than quantity.   I'm excited to do some doughs with herbs and other flavors to change it up.
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  1. Whoa is impressive that you've made your own pasta! It looks delicious.

  2. You know, with the help of a pasta roller, making your own pasta is surprisingly easy! It really is just a few ingredients, and the taste is fantastic. You should definitely try it sometime; don't hesitate forever like I did because I was intimidated by it.


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