My husband loves Italian food, so for us there’s nothing better than fresh homemade pasta. It feels a little daunting at first to make your own pasta and yes, it takes more time than tossing prepackaged noodles in a boiling pot of water, but I can assure you it gets easier and the reward is so wonderful.
I’ll admit this last occasion making pasta is truly the first time I got into a groove and it took so little time for me to create my dish. I think I’ve made pasta a dozen times before this with lots of trial and error – great lessons though – so I am pleased to know that I finally have figured it out. This must be what a grandma feels like that has conquered the perfect pie crust (Ben’s grandma).
So I challenge you to create some homemade pasta for yourself. Spaghetti, fettucini, ravioli, tortellini – whatever strikes your fancy. It’ll probably take you less than a dozen tries and you’ll be so very happy with the results.
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water, use as needed
- In a standmixer, beat together the flour, eggs and salt. If the dough is a little dry, add just enough water to help the dough come together.
- Switch out the mixer attachment with the hook and knead for 5 minutes.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 1 hour.
- Divide the dough into quarters and using your pasta roller attachment, feed one piece of lightly floured dough (flattened into a rectangle) through the roller on the widest setting at the lowest speed.
- Fold the ends of the dough into the center, overlapping one another and feed it through the roller again. Repeat this step once.
- Adjust the roller to the next setting and feed the dough through. Continue adjusting to a smaller setting until you achieve the thickness you'd like. (I use a KitchenAid mixer with pasta roller attachment and like to go as thin as setting 6.)
- From this point, you can use the dough to create stuffed pasta or run it through another attachment to cut the noodle into spaghetti, fettucini, etc.