Friday Food : Make Your Own Pasta!

Today I am going to save you a lot of money when you want to head to Olive Garden or The Macaroni Grill or your other favorite local pasta joint. Making your own pasta is fun and “easy”. I saw easy because there are not many ingredients and not many tools involved. It can become more complicated as you try to make fancier versions and as you opt to buy products to produce certain shapes. MY post will show you how to make my version of fettuccine and ravioli. The fettuccine did not last long as I also made more of my own Alfredo sauce, but the ravioli is still safely tucked away in my fridge. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will probably see a picture of aforementioned treat when I devour it this weekend.

Make your own pasta!

 

 

What you will need:

  • 2 cups flour (I used all purpose, but for baking you may want to try Semolina)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • optional : spinach; fresh or frozen thawed and drained.
  • optional: ground beef for ravioli filling

Directions:

  1. Mix flour and salt on a large, flat surface. Form a well in the center.
  2. Combined eggs, milk and olive oil. Blend well.
  3. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour and salt, forming dough into a ball.
  4. Move dough to lightly floured surface and kneed for 5 minutes.
  5. Add spinach if desired.
  6. Wrap dough in plastic and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  7. Unwrap dough and kneed on lightly floured surface.
  8. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, spread the dough out into a flat thin layer.
  9. Cut dough into strips or squares as needed using a knife or other device.
  10. For fettuccine, place on towel or rack and allow to dry for at least 3 hours.
  11. For ravioli, place a small amount of filling in the center of a square. Place another square on top and pinch along the outer edge.
  12. Move ravioli square to the side and allow to dry for at least 3 hours.

Photos & Comments

 

 

I was surprised at how easy making the pasta turned out to be over all. The ravioli thing came to me in the process as did blending the spinach. These are the things I tell people to get creative in the kitchen about!

Truth, I do now have a pasta machine from my wonderful grandmother. I plan to make my own macaroni and various other goodies in the future.

I usually eat wheat pasta, so using the all purpose flour I could taste a difference. However, I could also pick up on how fresh everything was which far outweighed the difference in flavor I may have been imagining. Ha.

Much cheaper than going out to eat, but I have to say I’m not sure if it’s cheaper than eating in at times. I can buy a box of pasta for $1 and get about 3-5 meals from it. A jar of sauce? Around $2.50 for at least 3 of those meals if I do not drown my food in goo. What you save in convenience you lose in freshness though. Also, if you have any flavor combo you’re dying to try out, this is your chance!

OK, now, raise your hand if you’re tempted to make your own pasta this weekend! Well, maybe not, it’s the super bowl….but soon?!

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