Friday, July 24, 2009
Making Pasta with Friends
My parents got me this pasta machine and drying rack as a lovely Christmas gift a few years ago. And for some reason I was intimidated to make fresh pasta! I'm not sure why since I make bread dough all the time and the basic principles are the same. So to motivate me I had a few friends come over and we made fresh pasta together. It was so much fun and I think we all said "that is so cute" quite a few times when the pasta was getting cut into thin noodles--only girls would refer to pasta as cute!
We made an plain, egg-less pasta and an egg pasta with fresh rosemary. We dried each pasta for a bit and then of course had to taste them! Tossed with a bit of butter for the rosemary and olive oil for the plain these were incredible. Such a different flavor & texture than dried pasta in the store. And seriously, so easy to do. I can't wait to try more flavors and shapes. Now to find out how they make the spiral pasta...
2 cups flour (or semolina)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter ( )
1 teaspoon minced herb (rosemary, thyme) or 1/4 cup minced basil or parsley
Mix flour and salt in bowl. Make a well in the center and add the oil/butter and water. Beat the water with a fork and gradually incorporated the flour. Mix with your hands once its too hard with the fork and add water as needed to incorporate all the flour.
Knead the dough until not sticky and stiff.
Cover with plastic and rest for 30 minutes.
Roll, cut, eat!!
Here are a few dishes I made with the pasta for dinner, had to try a bit of both kinds and I went to my garden and picked some tomatoes, zucchini, basil and rosemary. Each of these dishes took about 5 minutes to cook, including the pasta. Talk about fast food!