Food Pasta

I CAN MAKE MY OWN PASTA!

That’s right folks… the winning Christmas present this year was the pasta maker attachment for our kitchen-aid. I – of course – am an enormous fan of pasta (not that I am enormous, that’s just in reference to the magnitude of my affinity for the foodstuff), and I tried outa  batch the first chance I got.

The first batch ended in disaster.

I mixed the appropriate ingredients in the mix-master, as the instructions prescribed, and the result was a grainy mess that – try as I might – simply would not come together into the “velvety” lump of dough promised in the booklet. It looked more like regurgitated corn muffins. Needless to say, I was doing something wrong (using a machine). wpid-20140103_190017.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

My second attempt was much more successful. I used the time-tested tradition of mixing the dough right on the countertop in a well hollowed into the flour. I added the other ingredients – the eggs, water and flour – into the well, and scrambled it together with a  fork. While scrambling, the egg slowly absorbed the flour into the mix, and after a certain point, it was viscous enough that I was able to drop the fork and dive in with my hands, folding the remaining flour into the mix.

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What followed was a 15 minute process of mixing, folding and kneading the dough to that velvety consistency promised by the kitchen aid booklet, after which I allowed the dough to rest, wrapped in plastic wrap, for about 25 minutes. I then cut the dough into six sections and followed the directions provided for the pasta roller.

wpid-20140103_193559.jpgFirst I rolled it flat, to a medium thickness, by feeding it through, folding it square, feeding it through again, and repeating the process until the texture was consistent.

wpid-20140103_201254.jpgThen I cut it into linguine, and hung it to dry on my brand new pasta rack!

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And let me tell you, it was SO GOOD! To quote my wife “So this means that we never have to eat that janky-ass boxed crap ever again, right?”

I hope so, honey… I hope so.

 

 

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