Monday, January 7, 2013

Homemade Fresh Pasta

I love pasta. I could eat it every day of the week without a problem. All shapes and sizes, it doesn't matter to me. But it is always a real treat when it is homemade. Don't get me wrong, the dried pasta in the box is good, but homemade pasta is great! And thanks to my amazing boyfriend, Carmine, it has never been easier to make. For Christmas, he bought me the KitchenAid Pasta Press. It is the most amazing little machine that lets you make six different style of pasta.

Recipe yields 6 servings

3 cups of all-purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)
Pinch of salt
6 large eggs

Here it is - the greatest Christmas gift ever. (Thanks Carmine!)

On a clean surface, create a mound with your flour and a well in the center. Sprinkle your salt in the bottom of the well.

Crack your eggs in the middle of the well. 

Using your hands, begin to mix together the eggs and the flour until it begins to form a ball. Start to knead the flour.

Pull it, push it, stretch it in every witch way to get all that gluten dancing. The dough will start off sticky, but as you knead it (and slowly add some more flour) it will begin to smooth out.

Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it in saran wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes before you plan to use it.

(Sorry for the lack of photos after this point - I was so consumed with my Pasta Press, I got lost in the excitement and forgot to take any more pictures!)

If you do not have the KitchenAid Pasta Press, you can roll the dough out on a flat surface and use a knife to cut it into strips for spaghetti or linguine. I am going to use my Pasta Press to make rigatoni. Once you have all your pasta cut and ready. Add it to a pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes and strain. Toss with your favorite sauce and serve. Enjoy!

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