Pasta Making!

This summer I started culinary school, and I am loving it and learning so much!  I wanted to start incorporating food posts into my blog topics since its such a big part of my life right now.  I will be bringing you my favorite recipes and things I have made through my posts on Quest Type.  Enjoy!

 

Pasta Dough

  • 1 1/4 ap flour
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Extra flour for dusting as needed
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 

First things first gather all of your ingredients and get out a mixing bowl.  Take your flour and salt an mix together in your bowl until combined.  Now make a well in the center of your flour pile for your wet ingredients.  Add the eggs and oil into the center.

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You can use your hand to mix this or a fork. If you use your hands make sure to wash them really well and dry them before mixing.  Whisk the egg and oil together in the center to break up the yolks.

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Slowly incorporate the edges of the flour into your wet ingredients.

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Once most of the flour is combined dust your counter with flour and start to knead the dough until it forms a nice ball about 2 minutes.

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After kneading you need to allow the dough to rest, wrap in plastic wrap or bag and set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  Do not skip the resting part its important.

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After resting the dough take it out and divide in half.  You can now hand roll the pasta with a rolling pin or if you have a pasta machine use it, its much quicker.  For the pasta machine set it at the highest setting so the opening is at its biggest setting.  Take your dough and flatten it with your hands or a roller so that it will be able to fit into the machine.  Roll pasta through machine until its desired thickness.  Depending on what type of noodle you are making.   You can always dust with flour if your pasta is feeling sticky you should make sure to do this so it doesn’t stick to your machine or rolling pin.

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Once your pasta is all rolled out you are all set to cut it however you would like.  If you are hand rolling and cutting I suggest lasagna sheets or a wider noodle like fettuccine.  Pasta machines usually come with attachments to make spaghetti and fettuccine.

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I used mine this time to create some raviolis that I am going to freeze and use later in a soup.

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Its so much fun and is actually really easy to make pasta from scratch and if anything it taste AMAZING! Depending on what type of noodle you made you only need to cook them a short amount of time, spaghetti will probably be done at about 3 minutes because  the noodles are not dried.  Always salt your boiling water and taste the for al Dente(when you bite into it, it should have a little bit of resistance or bite left to it) noodles and then finish them off in a homemade sauce or soup!

Happy Cooking!

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