Monday, July 11, 2011
How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine in Five Minutes
I wanted to make homemade pasta from scratch. I hate feeding my family unnecessary preservatives. Plus, when I was looking at a package of pasta, I thought, "Wow! It just looks like stale strips of dehydrated flour." And that's all it is.
I figured there had to be a better way. But without a pasta maker, I felt forced to eat store bought stuff. My husband said, "Let's run to Sears and see how much a pasta attachment would be for your Kitchen Aid mixer." But, at $179.00 (on sale) I wasn't going to buy the attachment just to make pasta. Still...I thought, how hard can it be...?
So, I looked up a couple recipes and went to work. I chose a mixture of whole wheat flour and regular unbleached flour.
Here's all you need to make homemade pasta without a pasta machine:
A Mixing bowl, a knife, a rolling pin and a cookie sheet for drying your pasta
4 cups of flour, (it can be a mixture of any type of flour you like)
1/2 cup of oil olive
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Here are a few short video clips, plus I've included photos of the process (in case you don't want to watch all the videos).
It's super simple and only took me about 5 minutes from start to finish to make the pasta. Partly because I was getting ready to go out on the river for a couple hours and didn't want to follow the recipe exactly. So my method is super quick.
Here's what I did:
Here's how to slice the dough easily into thin strips
After you've let it dry on a rack, you can cook the dough. Remember it won't need to cook as long as store bought pasta only a minute or two at a full boil - you don't want to overcook it or it will turn out mushy)
After the pasta has been cooked, this is what my whole wheat pasta looked like:
I used a mixer to make my pasta but you could do it by hand too. And this is a picture of all you need to make your pasta.
After you mix up the ingredients, you simply roll out the dough nice and thin
Then you roll the dough up like a jelly roll and slice the dough into long strips
This is what your sliced up strips will look like (they matched the color of my table :(
Then you unroll your strips of pasta and let them dry out for about an hour on a drying rack (or a cookie cooling rack)
I put my pasta on the stove to dry out