I am not a chef. I am just a stay at home mom, who also works part time from home. I decided recently to buy a pasta roller/maker so that I could learn to make more fresh meals for my family. I finally found a very simple recipe to follow online, you can view the video HERE that I learned from! But I will let you know step by step with photos here on how I made my own pasta!
Step one: Buy a pasta roller/noodle maker (I bought a hand crank one because I did not want to spend over $100 on a kitchenaid one.) I bought mine at target, but here is the link to the same one on amazon, you can click HERE for it.
Step two: Either use a Kitchenaid mixer OR a food processor to make this easier. (I chose to use my KitchenAid, even though I do have a food processor.)
2 cups of all purpose flour
(A little water if your mix comes out too dry)
(A little extra flour to dust the surface you’re working on and the pasta dough before you put it through the machine)
Since I used my Kitchenaid mixer, I will tell you how I did it and if you want to know how to do it with the food processor, you can watch the youtube video HERE. (Not my video all credit goes to “America’s Test Kitchen“).
Break 3 eggs into your mixer & mix them for a few seconds with your paddle (this only took me about 10 seconds)
Next add in 2 cups of all purpose flour (In the video they said to aerate the flour, so I put it into my sifter and sifted it in to the egg mix and returned it to the mixer for a minute until it was incorporated)
Next I put the dough hook from my kitchenaid on and used it to knead the dough for about 1 minute.
Once I did that, I removed the dough and placed it onto a lightly floured surface and kneaded it a little more to make sure everything was well mixed.
Cover your dough with plastic wrap and let SIT for 15 minutes (the gluten needs to relax so you can work with it)
After your 15 minutes is up – cut your dough into 6 equal parts and take one (cover the rest with plastic wrap so they do not dry out)
Flatten dough into a disk and get ready to roll that sucker out! (set your dough roller on the largest setting, on mine its setting #7)
Start off with the largest number setting on the dough roller (mine is 7), and roll it through 2 to 3 times, then move the settings down smaller (to 6) and repeat these steps until you get to #2 setting, and you can see your hand through the dough a little, but don’t make it too thin. I liked #2 and #3’s texture and thickness.
Once your giant flat piece of dough is all rolled out you will need to decide what kind of pasta shape you would like
I chose Fettuccine, which was the middle roller. So I put a little flour on the outside of the dough so it wouldn’t stick to the rollers again and ran it through the fettuccine cutter once.
Since I still had the rest of the balls of dough to go through I lightly coated the finished noodles with flour and placed them under the plastic wrap so they wouldn’t dry out before I cooked them in a few minutes.
Get a pot of water ready and lightly season the water with salt
Bring to a boil and lower heat to med/high
Place the noodles in the water a little at a time so they won’t stick and stir gently
My noodles only took about 5 minutes to cook, but it may differ on how fast your stove top gets your water to boiling, I also live at high altitude.
My final product was delicious fettuccine – and my sauce was pesto/basil sauce that I had previously bought.
My husband hates pasta but he said he could eat these again. As for my son, he asked for seconds. I am really happy the recipe came out great. I just found it online by searching for easy to make home made pasta recipes and that is when I stumbled upon that youtube video, which explained everything! Check out the video HERE! I can honestly say that their recipe WORKS and is delicious. Though I am going to try other ones as well, which I will post at a later date.
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