Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Mom Making Homemade Pasta - Basic Egg Recipe

For 3 to 4 servings:

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3 eggs

Put flour on a pasty board and make a well in center.  Break eggs into well; beat with a fork.  Draw some flour from inner rim of well over eggs, beating constantly.  Keep adding flour a little at a time until you have a soft dough.  Put dough aside.  With a pastry scraper, remove bits and pieces of dough attached to board.  Lightly flour board and your hands.  Knead dough 10 to 12 minutes, adding flour a little at a time until dough is smooth and pliable.  Insert a finger into center of dough.  If it comes out almost dry, dough is ready for pasta machine.  If dough is sticky, knead it a little longer adding more flour.  Set rollers of  Pasta Machine at their widest opening.  Cut an egg-size piece from dough.  Wrap remaining dough in a cloth towel to prevent it from drying.  Flatten small piece of dough, dust with flour and fold in half.  Run it through pasta machine.  Repeat this step 5 to 8 times or until dough is smooth and not sticky.  Change notch of pasta machine to the next setting and run dough through once without folding it.  Keep changing setting and working pasta sheet through machine until pasta reaches desired thickness.  A good thickness for general use is about 1/16 inch.  Sprinkle dough with flour between rollings if it is sticky.

I usually make homemade pasta in the winter time.  I make mine with whole-wheat flour and I sometimes add spinach or other veggies and spices like pepper and basil.  You can make all types of pasta.  I have the basic manual pasta machine like this one. 
Roma 6 Inch Traditional Style Pasta Machine

I then decided I wanted an electric one, but bought a cheaper one.  I first I was so amazed by it...so neat not having to knead the dough manually.....so quick! It ended up breaking though - I think because I was making whole-wheat which makes the machine work harder.  I'd buy a higher end model if I ever do buy one again.  For now, my manual works perfect! and as far as the kneading goes....my boyfriend will do that part.  This is the electric one I have.
Ronco Automatic Pasta Maker

Here's a few pics of my Mom making pasta in her younger days.


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