Pasta

Growing up I would ask my parents to make lasagna and they always told me no. I asked why and they said it was too difficult to make. As an adult, I have never made lasagna because I thought it would be too difficult to make. You have: meat and sauce and noodles and cheese and more cheese and baking and left overs… Well for one of my Dark Days post I would like to make a lasagna from scratch. Well, as unprocessed as possible; meaning I need to make my own noodles. I guess I won’t try to make the cheese…this time!

I found a couple videos on Youtube to make your own pasta. Man, there are some fancy pasta makers out there! I don’t have a pasta maker, so I am doing it by hand. This year I really would like to get two things for my kitchen. 1. A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Yes… I know, it is a must have. I need the ice cream maker attachment too… I have some wild ideas! 2. A dutch oven. A Lodge cast iron 7 quart dutch oven to be specific. I do most of my cooking on cast iron.

Back to the pasta. The recipe is like 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1 egg and salt. Mix the flour and salt, add a beaten egg and mix up until it makes a ball. Then knead for a couple minutes and roll out to as thin as you want. Finally cut it into noodles. Simple stuff. I made pasta once like this and I can remember not being too impressed.

I think it’s funny that when we think of pasta it’s always the cheap dried crap down the grocery aisle. You can pick up a pound of dried pasta noodles for a buck. There is the whole wheat kind or the fancy imported kind for around two bucks. That’s it. It seams like they all taste the same. I have never known anyone to regularly make their own noodles.

If you can get a recipe that works for you, think of some of the possibilities: Stuffed ravioli- OK, you could do a traditional thing like spinach and olive oil. BUT what if you got crazy and did a wild green and wild mushroom stuffed ravioli. Or another possibility- You are at home you want a spaghetti and you don’t have noodles. You would have the know how to make a quick batch of noodles. (Not to mention Asian stuff or soups!)

My noodles turned out. They were a little too thick. They would have made a good noodle for an Alfredo, but not for spaghetti. I thought I rolled them out pretty thin… I will need to experiment with different flours too. I cooked them for 3 minutes and tossed them with some butter, olive oil, salt, pepper and Parmesan. It made for a quick meal and a good first attempt on noodle making. I am one step closer to that local lasagna. Maybe I should have my parents over for dinner that night…

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2 thoughts on “Pasta

  1. Two things: 1- The Kitchen Aid Mixer should definitely be on your list for 2012. I guarantee it will change your life in the kitchen. The ice cream maker attachment is pretty fantastic too. The Dutch oven would be a close second for me too. 2- Pasta was also on my list for #DarkDaysFood. I've never tried it before but have hope now that it's feasible. Do you think that rolling them thinner would be the best place to start?

  2. Amy- Rolling the pasta thinner is a great place to start. My wife loved the first batch of noodles I made and she asked me to make another batch. For next week's post I am thinking of making a chicken alfredo with the homemade noodles.

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