Quick Homemade Pasta

Have you ever tasted fresh, homemade pasta? Once you have tried it, it is hard to go back to store-bought. I think most people are intimidated at the idea of making pasta from scratch. Perhaps they believe it’s just too complicated, or beyond their talent level. Hear me now, don’t you be one of those people! Homemade pasta is not only easy to make, but it is a lot of fun! All you need are a few simple ingredients, and of course, a pasta machine.

If you don’t already own a pasta machine, I highly recommend them! They are very reasonably priced, and fun to use. Not to mention, kids have a blast using them. I know this from personal experience. A few years ago, I taught a cooking class to kids at my church. Out of all the classes I taught, past making was definitely a favorite! If you don’t think you’ll make pasta often enough to purchase a pasta machine, you can use a rolling pin. But be assured, it will not be as fun!

Goes Good With

Mexican lasagna

 



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Quick Homemade Pasta
Home-made Pasta
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Home-made Pasta
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and salt, and form a well in the center. Crack eggs into the center of the well, and scramble with a fork.
    eggs and flour
  2. Gradually mix the flour into the eggs until the dough begins to take shape. You can do this with your hand, or a fork. If adding herbs, add them at this point. I forgot to add my herbs, and had to work them in after the dough had already come together, as documented in my pictures.
    fresh pasta
  3. If the dough is too dry, add water, 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. Kneed the dough for approximately 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth in texture.
    homemade pasta and herbs
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic, and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. This resting period helps the dough to become more pliable, and easier to work with.
    pasta home made
  5. Cut the dough in fourths, using a pastry scraper, or knife. Leave one piece out to work with, rewrapping the rest, to keep them from drying out.
    pasta portions
  6. Set your pasta machine to the largest/widest setting. Flatten the dough with your hands, and feed through the machine. If the dough is too sticky, dust with flour.
    fresh pasta
  7. Fold the dough into thirds, and run through the machine a few more times at the largest setting.
    pasta fresh
  8. Lower the setting, and feed the dough through the machine. I like to run the dough two times through each setting, until the dough reaches the desired thickness. If the dough becomes too long to handle, simply cut in two pieces, and continue feeding through the machine. If using the dough for lasagna, you don’t need to boil the pasta first, just use as is.
    noodles homemade
  9. If making spaghetti or fettuccine noodles, dust pasta strips with more flour, and run through the appropriate section of the machine. To cook, simply add pasta to salted boiling water and cook for approximately two minutes, stirring a few times. Drain the noodles, and use in your favorite recipe. If you want to dry the pasta for later use, form the pasta into coils, and dust with flour. This helps to keep the noodles from sticking together. You can also dry the pasta on a pasta drying rack. Have fun experimenting, and until next time, stay hungry my friends!
Recipe Notes

The pasta I made in the pictures above was used to make Mexican lasagna. The herbs I used were oregano, marjoram and thyme, which I feel compliment Mexican food.

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