Last week, to kick off the New Year, I made homemade pasta. It felt like the perfect way to start a new year - a new challenge that involved delicious food in our home, that was also a nod to our anniversary trip to Italy. IThe whole process took a bout an hour an a half, but it was so worth it! The pasta tasted delicious, and we felt like we were back in Rome. It was also a lot easier than I anticipated, and now that I know what I’m doing I think it will take a lot less time in the future!
As you can see in the pictures, I used my Kitchenaid mixer and the pasta maker attachment. While using the mixer is not necessary by any means, I think having the mixer attachment made the process a lot easier since I could use my hands to feed and catch the dough. My parents got the attachment for us for Christmas, since I have wanted to make pasta ever since we got back from Italy. It was the perfect gift; thank you!
For my first batch of pasta I used this recipe. You start out by using a mixer to mix the water, flour, eggs and salt in the mixer to combine, and then kneading the dough with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Next, you knead the dough by hand a couple times and let it rest for 20 minutes. After that, you feed it through the pasta attachment - feed the dough through the flat roller a few times on each of settings 1-4, and then switch to the spaghetti cutter. That’s it! You’ll have about 5 servings, and can freeze the extra.
I felt so accomplished when it actually looked like pasta! And then when it tasted good, well let’s just say I go by chef Allie now ; )
Have you ever made pasta? Do you have any good recipes? I’m excited to make it all the time now, and it’s how I’m going to lure people to come visit us. If you come to D.C. you get spaghetti… : )