Back in the old days, Italians spent hours kneading flour, slicing dough and laying strips of homemade pasta out to dry. They would wake up early, combine flour and water and work it into manageable-sized balls of dough.
Those balls would sit unattended for up to an hour, then the homemade pasta machine, aka – someone’s hands – would massage the dough, roll it, work it and slice it into strips of delicious hand-made pasta goodness.
Today, we have pasta machines that do most of the work for you.
Well, some people do.
Here is a picture of my two new pasta machines. Whaddya think?
Kinda cute, aren’t they?
If you wake up one morning with the itch to make homemade pasta for your favorite Texani – like my husband did on our last trip to the states – here is what you will need.
>> All-purpose flour (100 grams per person)
>> Water (with a dash of salt)
>> Eggs – optional (one egg per 250-300 grams, err on the cautious side here … )
And here is what you do!
1. Measure flour and pour onto a clean surface.
2. Create a valley in the flour where you will add the water and eggs.
3. If you are using eggs, beat them in the center of the flour valley.
4. Add lightly salted water, as needed, in order to reach desired consistency. The desired consistency is when you can create a ball of dough that is soft to the touch and can easily be moved without sticking to your hands.
5. Work the dough into medium-sized balls of dough and cover for at least one hour.
6. After an hour has passed, sprinkle a bit of flour on your clean surface and work each ball of dough at a time. Kinda like this …
7. Only much, much thinner …
8. When the dough is flat, use a knife to slice strips of pasta and lay them on a clean tablecloth.
9. Cover the pasta with the other half of the tablecloth and let it sit for at least 4 hours.
Fresh pasta cooks quicker than dry pasta, so watch it carefully to avoid over-cooking …
Have you ever made homemade pasta? How did it come out? My husband is ready to trade in our current “pasta maker” and make a purchase … any suggestions?