Homemade Pasta – Recipe
Making your own pasta is quite simple, and probably much easier than you ever imagined.
It’s even easier with a pasta maker, especially if you want to make spaghetti. However, today I am making it the old fashion way; the way my mom used to make it.
Fresh pasta tastes so much better than the store bought selections, plus how inexpensive it is to make.
My kids loved the leftover pasta mixed with onions sautéed in butter, but it also tastes great with mushroom gravy, or sauteed peppers.
This recipe makes a little over 1 lb. of pasta.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 Tbs. canola oil
- Place the flour on your worktop, and make a well in the middle.
- Add the egg, and salt.
- Slowly add milk, as you are incorporating the flour into the mixture in the middle (with a spoon, work the flour gently from within the well, all sides, until you almost use up all the flour) . The dough becomes homogeneous , at which point you knead it with your hands, to obtain the consistency of pizza dough. You might need to flour up your worktop a little more, to prevent the dough from sticking during kneading.
- Place the dough on a floured surface, cover it with a tea towel, and let it rest for few minutes.
- Flour up you worktop again, take ½ of the dough and roll it out, using a rolling pin, to 1/8 inch thickness. Use a knife, or a pizza cutter, and cut to desired shape pasta.
- Sprinkle generously with flour, and toss gently together, so the pasta does not stick together, and let it rest.
- Repeat the above process with the second half of the dough.
- Fill a large pot with water, half way, add some salt and oil, and bring it to boil.
- Drop ½ half of the pasta into the boiling water, keep the pot uncovered.
- With a wooden spoon, mix the pasta, making sure none is stuck at the bottom of the pot.
- Pasta will rise to the top, and start boiling again.
- Cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove, with a slotted spoon, into a bowl.
- Pour some cold water over pasta, and pour out into a strainer, to drain off the excess water.
- Cook the second half of the pasta as above.