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Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta

Valentine’s day is less than a week away and if you are stuck on something to do with your sweetie, I’ve got an idea. Get in the kitchen together and make an authentic Italian dinner. And you can’t get more authentic then fresh homemade pasta.  I made pasta just yesterday. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make pasta. It is shockingly easy. It’s really fun. And taking the first bite of a freshly made pasta, that you yourself made, well, that is pretty darn awesome.

I did a little bit of research before making this pasta. I read up on the history of pasta, basic pasta recipes, and what kinds of flour to use. Most recipes I came across called for regular all purpose flour but others called for semolina flour. Semolina flour is made from durum wheat and has the highest amount of gluten. Pasta made with semolina tends to be a bit firmer than pasta made with only all purpose flour. When I set out to make mine, I decided to do a mixture of both using half all purpose and half semolina flour. The result was a tender yet firm pasta that I know I will be making again and again.

Homemade Pasta

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Makes 1 pound Prep Time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

1

In a mixing bowl make a mound of flour with a well in the middle of it. Place the eggs in the well. Using your hands gently mix the eggs into the flour. Continue to mix with your hands until the flour and eggs form a dough.

2

Transfer dough to a well floured surface and kneed for 8 - 10 minutes or until the dough is elastic. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. At this point you can also refrigerate the dough for an hour or so until you are ready to roll it out and cut it.

3

Cut the pasta dough into four equal pieces. If you are using a pasta machine feed it through the pasta roller according to directions until desired thickness. I used the 2 on the kitchen aid pasta attachment. Then use the pasta cutter attachment for whichever pasta shape you would like to make, in my case I chose fettuccine. If you are not using the pasta machine, roll the dough out on a well floured surface until desired thickness and then cut into pasta.

4

After you have rolled and cut your pasta, if it's sticking together sprinkle with a little flour. Now you can dry it, freeze it or cook it immediately. When cooking, cook in salted boiling water for 3 - 4 minutes. Strain and serve with your favorite sauce.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Can’t wait to make my own pasta based on this recipe. Now I just need a pasta machine, I think I’m too scared to roll it out myself.

  • Jenny

    I had no idea it was so easy!!!! Thanks!

  • thank you for another great recipe. my husband made pasta for the first time this weekend. i will send him this one now.

  • Wow, this is SIMPLE and your pasta looks great!

  • There really is nothing better than homemade pasta! I used to make it all the time, then I got lazy :) Love the picture!

  • This pasta does look really easy, and I’ve always wanted to make my own pasta. Do you think you could make this with whole wheat flour? Also, how much of a pain would it be to roll out the dough by hand? I don’t have a pasta machine, but maybe I should invest in one soon.

  • Don’t you love making pasta? We discovered how easy it was a few years ago and pretty much make it whenever we decide to eat pasta. Ended up getting the KitchenAid attachments for pasta and it is even more fun!!!

  • Tried spinach pasta ages ago and really did love it, but once I had the experience, I wasn’t in that big a hurry to try making it again. Your photo reminds me of how delicious homemade pasta really is.

  • I love love love homemade pasta. My brother and I when we were younger had to take turns turning the pasta maker as my Nona put it through. I got the kitchenaid attachment for christmas and I love it! I even made whole wheat pasta.

  • Trisha

    Beautiful picture. There’s nothin’ sexier than home made pasta!

  • lea

    Wow.. wish I had my grandmas old pasta machine… Now how about a homemade sauce? Mmmmm

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