#82- Make Homemade Pasta


I'm a pasta lover. (Well, let's be honest, I'm a dough lover. Anything made out of dough is the pinnacle of edible goodness.) But pasta is especially close to the top of that pinnacle. So, when I was brainstorming to come up with ideas for my 101 Things list, I thought to myself, Man, it'd be pretty awesome to make homemade pasta.

I'm not sure why I thought, at the time, that this would be something I could do. I mean, who makes pasta? Aren't classically trained chefs and Italian grandmothers the only people who could possibly accomplish such a feat? I think I just put it on my list as a lofty dream, secretly believing it would never happen.

Then this week, I actually Googled how to make homemade pasta.

Um.

I was completely flabbergasted.

It's. Really. Easy.

Like, 4-ingredient easy (and one of the ingredients is water. Water. WATER.).

Yes, I am serious. Let me show you.


Flour, salt, and an egg. And a little water. That's it.

Just mix up the dry ingredients.


Beat an egg.


Heap the dry ingredients into a mound and create a little "well". Pour the egg into the well until it spills over, like a little eggy volcano.


Add two tablespoons of water (or more if needed) and stir it up 'til it looks like dough (and try not to eat it; salmonella is a thing).


Knead for about 4-5 minutes.


Roll the kneaded dough into a ball, put it back into the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rest on the counter for 30-60 minutes. Some reviewers on the original recipe from Google said you could let it rest overnight in the fridge, but I'm not so sure. It seems like it'd dry out to me (Thoughts?). 


(Impatiently waiting for the dough to finish resting.)
Once the dough is finished resting and has properly woken up (hahaha), sprinkle flour on a surface and a rolling pin and flatten the dough out as thin as you can get it.




Now it's time to cut the pasta. If you have one of those fancy pasta roller thingies with a crank, good for you! If, like me, you don't, you might at least have a pizza cutter. A knife would work too, but the rolling action of the pizza cutter makes this slightly tedious task a lot smoother and faster. 


As you can see, it doesn't have to be pretty. I was kinda going for fettuccine, but it's very difficult to get all the strips uniform, so I dunno what it turned out to be (except delicious). But hey, it's all gonna be clumped together and covered in yummy sauce anyway. You can't get too obsessive with the details here.

One thing I didn't think about until midway into this task was What do I do with all these strips of wet dough until it's all ready to boil?! You'll want to put it all in the water at the same time so it'll cook evenly, but you have to lay it out somewhere in the meantime as you go. I don't know the best technique for this, but I just grabbed some parchment paper, covered a baking sheet, and tried to set the strips out across it. But I ran out of room and had to overlap, and they got a bit tangled.


However, once I finished cutting all the dough and started shifting the pieces into a pot of boiling water, they got even more tangled, so I don't think it mattered too much that they were twisted and overlapping a little on the parchment paper. Because once in the water, they transformed into a thing of beauty. 

It looked like real pasta.


After boiling for about 4 minutes (yep, doesn't take long at all; probably could've pulled them at 3), it was time to drain. And I was so pleasantly surprised by what I found in the strainer.


Yep. Real pasta. Pretty pasta. Homemade pasta! 

I smothered it in homemade tomato sauce with some roasted veggies and WOW. It was amazing. The texture was so much better than the dried stuff; so much softer and chewier. 

And so, so tasty.


Here's the exact recipe that I followed:

Homemade Pasta

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour (plus extra for flouring surface)
1/2 teaspon salt
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons water

Directions

1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl and pile it into a small mound, dipping a finger in the top to create a well. Pour egg into the well and mix well until dough becomes stiff, adding water until it reaches the proper doughy texture (soft and malleable, yet not-too-sticky).

2. Knead dough for about 4-5 minutes, then roll it into a ball and let it rest for 30+ minutes.

3. Roll dough out with floured rolling pin on a floured surface until it is as thin as possible. Cut dough into whatever shape pasta you desire.

4. Place entire batch of cut pasta into boiling water at once and boil until tender, usually about 3-4 minutes.

5. Drain and enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade pasta? Any tips or suggestions for making improvements?

1 comment

Lacey said...

I love making homemade pasta! I'm glad you gave it a shot, it looks like it came out really well. I love making it from scratch too because it's stupidly easy yet people are flabbergasted that you can make it at home, lol. And it tastes SOOOOOOO much better than store bought, doesn't it?!

Hmmm might have to get my pasta roller out again...