Home Made Pasta Recipe
February 11, 2014
Making pasta from scratch makes me feel like I am part of an ancient club. I imagine Nonnas standing at their long, cool stone benches kneading the dough and skillfully working it into the type of pasta they prefer. It takes some time to create this basic staple food, it is a special meal for the family. It is a meal made with love.
If you are after a quick dinner option, this is not it. It is something to make in an unrushed, relaxed manner. It is not a great idea to try to make pasta from scratch if you have very young children in need of your constant attention. It is a little messy (when I make it). Above all, it is therapeutic, almost hypnotic, to gently feed the dough through the rollers time and time again to obtain a nice silky texture.
I adore a good pasta, and more so since I went to cooking school on the Amalfi Coast in Italy last year. If you do not have pasta making tools don’t stress. You can still give this recipe a try. Follow the previous (cooking school) link. It will take you to the Ravioli recipe that I learned there. You can use that process instead of the one below and and make ravioli or lasagna sheets.
This recipe is made from fresh spinach and thyme from my garden. The spinach was starting to go a little nuts so I have been adding it to many family meals in the last few weeks to get it back under control. I was gifted a food dehydrator from my parents for Christmas. The instruction manual includes timing to dry pasta. As soon as I saw that I had an uncontrollable urge to get out my pasta making attachments from the back of the cupboard and get covered in flour.
Put on an apron and some music, give the kids something to do for a couple of hours and get started. I can’t wait to do it again!
Roll pasta thinly. On my machine I roll it to number 4
To avoid the dough sticking and clogging the rollers of a pasta machine it must be covered in flour. Continue to add flour as you roll it if it is becoming sticky.
If you are drying pasta in a dehydrator ensure that all pieces are separated.
If you are not drying the pasta it may be frozen for use later
The serving size that this recipe makes is - 700 grams of dried pasta.
Make sure that you return here on Friday for the sauce recipe that I made for this pasta.
If you check the Recipe List on this site you will find many of our favorite family pasta recipes.
Have you tried making your own flavored pasta?
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