Written by Kristen Doyle
I recently marked a culinary goal of making homemade pasta noodles off of my list. I’ve heard raves about how delicious fresh, homemade pasta could be but I honestly didn’t believe it until I tried it for myself. Sure, it is more work than opening up a box of store bought pasta noodles and throwing a handful into some boiling water, but I’m here to tell you that the difference in flavor is well worth the extra effort.
I have the KitchenAid pasta attachment, which made my foray into pasta making a breeze. The good news is you don’t need a pasta attachment to make homemade pasta. Flat noodles such as lasagna or linguine can easily be made with a rolling pin and a little bit of patience.
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Tips For Making Homemade Pasta
I’ve shared the recipe I use for homemade pasta at the end of this post, but first I wanted to share with you a few things I learned from my attempts at making homemade pasta.
- Find your space: Clear off your counters so you have lots of room to work. Rolling out pasta is a big job and you’ll need the space to spread out your noodles once they are ready. I ended up moving to my kitchen table, which provided plenty of room for pasta making.
- Give it a rest: When rolling out your pasta, if it resists your attempts to roll out thinner, stop for approximately 10 minutes to let the pasta rest. After it has had the chance to rest, try it again. Continue to let the dough rest in between rolling until your pasta has reached your desired thinness.
- Watch the moisture: With pasta, there is a fine line between perfect and too wet or too dry. The recipe I share below creates a really nice, easy dough to work with. Your dough should be firm, but not sticky to the touch. If it sticks to your hands when you work with it, add a little bit more flour.
- Helping hands: Although not required, having an extra set of hands in the kitchen during pasta making time makes it a lot more fun. Making fresh pasta is a fun culinary experience… invite someone into to your kitchen to share in the fun with you!
Now that you know my tips for making delicious homemade pasta, I want to share with you a pasta recipe as well as a simple recipe to highlight the freshness of your pasta noodles. The great thing about making your own pasta is you don’t have to fancy it up with complicated sauces. A simple white or red sauce, maybe some shrimp or chicken, and you have yourself one delicious meal to be proud of!
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Recipe: Fresh Homemade Linguine Noodles
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 2-3 Tablespoons water (more if needed)
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Create a well in the flour mixture.
- Crack the eggs into the flour well. with a fork, begin mixing the eggs and the flour mixture until a stiff dough begins to form. Add the water and continue to incorporate until a ball forms.
- Place the ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for 5 minutes and pasta is smooth and free of air pockets.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough until you reached desired thinness. Remember, if your dough wants to spring back, allow it to rest in between rolling sessions.
- Once the dough has been rolled out, trim the edges and roll it up in a jelly roll shape. Slice the roll into small rounds based on the width of noodle you desire. After each slice, unroll the cut pasta noodle and lay flat.
- Cook your fresh pasta in a large stock pot of boiling water for approximately 4 minutes, or until al dente. (Tip: Your pasta is done when it begins to float to the top of the water). Drain and serve with a simple sauce, such as the whiskey cream sauce shared below.
Recipe: Whiskey Cream Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 dash salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Heat the butter and olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat.
- Add the minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Slowly add the brown sugar and whiskey to the saucepan and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
- Whisk in the flour and stir for 2 minutes or until well incorporated.
- Add the chicken broth and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the heavy whipping cream, salt and cracked black pepper. Stir until heated through then serve over fresh pasta noodles. Toss with cooked shrimp or chicken for additional protein.
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What is one goal you hope to mark off your culinary to do list in the next year?