Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Easy Homemade Pasta

Every summer I teach a cooking class for children, each year my kids look forward to it and choose it over every other summer sport or club. This year we attempted pasta, it wasn't only the kids first time but mine as well. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make and that it tasted just as good as I imagined it would. A couple of the girls from my class even went home and made it again that night for their family. So not only is this easy for adults but a great meal to make with your kids. Plus there is no comparison to the taste of fresh pasta to store bought dried pasta. 

Homemade pasta 

2 cups of flour
3 eggs
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Place  ingredients in the bowl of the mixer using the dough hook attachment. Mix until the dough comes together  and  pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be just slightly sticky. Add more flour a little at a time if needed, but keep the dough as soft as possible. If the dough is too dry, add a little water; if too wet or sticky, add a little flour.
Knead for another 5 minutes. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let it stand for 20 minutes.
 If you have a pasta machine this part will be very simple but since I don't own one Yet we had to roll it out by hand. We divided our dough into two pieces keeping the other one covered. 
Roll out on a floured surface, rolling from the center out ( flipping and turning during the process to make sure dough isn't sticking) Roll out as thin as you possibly can. 
After the dough is as thin as you can get it,  cut it with a pizza dough cutter to the desired length and width. Then hang over something so the pasta pieces don't touch- a broom handle would work great, or a childs arm!
To cook the pasta , bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fresh pasta and cook for approximately 2 minutes. Fresh pasta reaches the al dente stage very quickly, so be ready


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