Pasta Fun

I am so lucky.  I have great friends and the vast majority enjoy eating and cooking and baking as much as I do.  This leads to some pretty fun cooking dates.  So the other day I got together with Stephanie, and she taught me how to make pasta-from scratch!  She’s always a big hit at parties because she makes homemade perogies and homemade pasta, and I was dead set on learning her secrets.

Well, one of the things I learned is to get a pasta maker.  You can roll out pasta by hand but it would take you FOREVER to do.  Luckily, Steph has one (and they are darn fun to use too!)

Pasta is actually really simple.  It’s just egg and flour, and if necessary, water.  You can make poor man’s pasta by using just water and flour too.  The ratio of egg to flour is 1 egg to 3/4 to 1 cup of flour.  We each made some pasta and used 2 eggs and 2 cups of flour.

Make sure you have a clean surface to do this on-and be prepared for a bit of a mess.  Pile up the flour and make a well in the center.

Add your egg or eggs in the middle of the well.  Work the flour in slowly, either using a fork or by hand.  You want to work it so that eventually it comes together as a ball of dough and it’s a bit elastic.  Work in more flour or water as necessary to get the desired consistency.

Once you get it into a nice elastic dough, wrap it and chill at least 15 minutes.  Then you break out the pasta machine and roll out your pasta nice and thin.  We cut out squares and filled them with two fillings: one was a spinach and ricotta cheese filling and the other was a beef filling.  They were so delicious!  Thanks Steph!

 

EM

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Posted on August 27, 2011, in Recipes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I really want to get a pasta maker, I may look into it now! I love the photos and the little tortellini look absolutely perfect. Nice one, you must have a steady hand.

    • Thanks! It took a bit before we got the hang of making the tortellini shape; we didn’t cut the squares all the same size, so we ended up with big and small pasta, but it is so much fun!

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