Sunday, 12 June 2011

Homemade Pasta

When I was a teenager my mum would often comment that I would live on pasta if i could.
It is true, I LOVE pasta. So it only seemed right to learn how to make it myself. Thanks to a helpful little demonstration from Gary Mehigan at the Good Food and Wine Show.

My nephew loved helping out with this when I made it at his house. With all the messy flour and the fun of turning the handle on the pasta machine, I can understand why kids would find this entertaining.

You will find that making your own pasta is made 10 times easier with the use of a pasta machine. Which some friends of mine will tell you.
You can pick them up pretty cheaply now. I got mine from Kmart for $15. But Aldi have them on special this week for $10.
There are many pasta recipes out there but this is the one that I feel most comfortable with and is probably the simplest.

400 gms plain flour - I know a lot of recipes and chefs say to use 00 flour and that is fine too. I use plain flour because its what I have on hand.
4 eggs.

As a general rule you will need one egg per 100 gms flour which equates to one serve.

1.Tip flour onto a clean working surface (or a bowl if you prefer). Make a well in the centre and crack your egg into it. Using a fork, or your fingers, gradually mix the flour into the egg in small circular motions.
Keep mixing until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is coming together.
2.Knead the dough on a floured surface for approx 10 mins or until the dough feels smooth and elastic.Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20-30 mins.

3. Now the fun bit. Split the dough into 4 smaller portions to make it easier to handle. Take one portion of the dough and flatten slightly. Sprinkle the rollers of your pasta machine with a little flour and with it on the widest setting, pass the dough through a few times. Make sure you laminate the dough in between.
(Laminating is when you fold the stretched dough onto its self to make a little square)
Once the dough gets to the same width as the machine you can stop laminating it and turn the notch down to the next narrowest setting.

Continue this process, taking it down one notch at a time, until you get one nice long thin piece of dough.
4. Slide on your spaghetti/fettuccine attachment. Cut your piece of dough in half cross ways and feed it through the machine. This may take a little co-ordination as you need to guide the pasta through both ends while still turning the handle. Sprinkle the pasta with a little flour to stop it sticking while you continue with the remaining dough.

5. To cook: Place a saucepan of water on to boil. Add salt. Once at a rapid boil, place the pasta in. It should only take 3-4 minutes to cook. Once cooked use tongs to add the pasta to your favourite sauce. For maximum flavour always add the pasta into your sauce and toss to coat.

Enjoy! :)

1 comment:

  1. thank you darls so much, have been looking for a pasta recipe that i know wont fail. i have tried a few and failed bad. i know your a lot like me in the kitchen, so i hope i can pull it off too.