So today was the first time I tried to make fresh pasta. However, most of the recipes I saw called for a pasta machine attachment on the stand mixer (which I don’t have) or a stand alone pasta maker (again, which I didn’t have!). But there had to be a way to make it before these things were invented! You know where my go to is to find out how to make stuff? YouTube!
I put in “grandmas homemade pasta” and got several hits of old Italian ladies making pasta from scratch. The thing I love about YouTube is that you can see how its done instead of trying to sort through a recipe if you don’t know what you are doing. I did have to alter the recipe a bit (a lot!) because the initial recipe called for 3 1/3 cups flour, 4 eggs and salt. Well, my dough didn’t come together at all! So I put everything in my food processor and just kept adding olive oil and water until I got what I thought looked like the right consistency.
While I was working on this, my dough was rising for cheesy bread to go with dinner. Seriously, this is a no fail recipe! This is the third time I’ve made it and it still is so amazingly good. Hannah and Tony decided cheese should be added so I kneaded in about an ounce each of mozzarella and cheddar.
Since the pasta was fresh, it only took 3 minutes to cook. I freaked out for a second though because since the pasta was sitting on the counter while my water boiled, it was kind of one big GLOB! So I crossed my fingers and dumped the whole pile in the salted boiling water and it separated beautifully!
I am so glad that everything worked out tonight! It’s so disappointing when you spend so much time putting a meal together and it sucks, but this one is was a winner! Tony especially liked the thickness of the pasta and that it was perfectly aldente!
So I have a kitchen to clean – it’s not too bad – I am the worst when it comes to cleaning as I go! Tony’s watching boxing, so I think I’ll pour myself a glass of wine and surf the OnDemand on AT&T. Hope everyone had a good night – see you tomorrow! Um, there may be corned beef hash for breakfast!
Special thanks to Mara for helping me with my text in my header!!! I love it!!