|Making homemade pasta is easier than you think & delicious results make it worth the effort.|
The Christmas of 1984 mom received a pasta maker as a gift from my brother and sister. They were both living in Toronto at the time so pasta makers were easy to come by.
Homemade pasta is especially fun to make with kids since everyone can get in on the action. The person manning the roller can keep rolling while those who catch the cut pasta can go running off in search of some place to drape it. You can always curl the cut pasta into little nests instead but draping it around the kitchen makes you feel like you have accomplished a lot.
Here’s the thing about homemade pasta…
After all of that cutting, rolling and draping you’ll think that you don’t have much to show for it, but be careful. A serving of homemade pasta need not be large to be satisfying. This recipe makes enough pasta for four to six people.
This recipe is great for cut pasta and for homemade ravioli as well.
Homemade pasta in the food processor
- 2 cups flour, spooned in
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. water
- Blend flour, eggs and olive oil in a food processor until well combined then add the 2 Tbsp. of water and blend until the dough begins to come together in a ball. Add a drop of water (literally, just a drop) if the dough seems too dry.
Blend for 15 seconds then place on a saucer and cover with a bowl. Let dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.
When ready to shape pasta:
Cut dough into three pieces and working with one piece at a time (leave the others under the bowl) roll and cut the dough using a pasta machine. If you don’t have a pasta machine roll pasta by hand, using as little flour as possible (ideally no flour). Cut into strips using a pizza cutter.
Bring a big pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta for 3-5 minutes. Time will depend on how thinly you roll your pasta.
Green tip: I make my pasta with organic stone ground whole white flour (contains 85% of the wheat kernel) and it works perfectly.
I have also made this recipe with semolina flour.