Homemade Pasta, Why Not?
Making fresh pasta always seemed like an impossible task to me until one day I just tried it.
While organizing my cabinets I came across an old wedding registry item, a pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. The simple manual machine below is just as effective.
The first batch of spaghetti cacio e pepe was restaurant worthy. The next round I tried with my children (which can sometimes be a frustrating task), and it all seemed mostly goof-proof. They were quite proud of their accomplishment, and this was added to our list of family traditions.
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup semolina flour
- Sift together all-purpose flour and pinch of salt. Make a mountain out of flour mixture then make a deep well in center. Break the eggs into the well and add olive oil. Whisk eggs very gently with a fork, gradually incorporating flour from the sides of the well. When mixture becomes too thick to mix with a fork, begin kneading with your hands.
- Knead dough for 8 to 10 minutes, until it is smooth and supple. Dust dough and work surface with semolina as needed to keep dough from becoming sticky. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and allow it to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Roll out dough with a pasta machine or a rolling pin to desired thickness. Cut into your favorite style of noodle or stuff with your favorite filling to make ravioli. Bring water to a boil in a large pot, then add 4 teaspoons salt. Cook pasta until tender but not mushy, 1 to 8 minutes depending on thickness. Drain immediately and toss with your favorite sauce.