Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tasty Tuesday!

So today Mister Man has no school for a teacher institute day. That, of course, means that Little Miss's institute day for her school is next week. Fortunately, Mister Man's friend Violet is coming over today, so I have a plan to keep them entertained and occupied.

I'm not sure how it will go in the end, but I think it should be fun. I think. I've been promising Mister Man for awhile that I'd make homemade pasta with him, and I think this is the day. It's surprisingly not that hard, and it's a lot of fun.

Pictures to come later this afternoon, I promise - so check back!

Fresh Pasta Dough

Ingredients:
2 c unbleached flour (you can use up to half whole wheat but no more)
1/2 c semolina
3 eggs
up to 1/4 c water when the weather is dry

Directions:
Place the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add the eggs and process until it's well combined. If it it super dry and you can't get it to come together, slowly - very slowly - drizzle in a tiny bit of water at a time while the processor is g oing.

Form into two flat discs, and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes. Roll out in a pasta maker until it's smooth and the thickness you desire (start at the widest setting and work your way down one number at a time; I always push it through then fold in half on the same number the first two to three numbers to get it extra smooth).

To cook and serve, plunge the pasta into boilding salted water and cook until tender. It will only take about 2 minutes. Serve at once with your favorite sauce.

Today, we're planning to make this into linguine, but I also make this into ravioli and tortellini when I have the fixings for them. Super easy! Yum!

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6 comments:

william2233 January 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM  

Nice site, from a children author

Susie January 18, 2011 at 7:25 PM  

What a good idea!

septembermom January 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

With all the pasta lovers in my house, this one is a keeper! Thanks!

Michelle January 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

William - Thanks? I think?

Susie - So easy and such a fun project. I forgot to mention to lay the pasta in a jellyroll pan on a layer of semolina to keep it from sticking after it's rolled and cut!

Kelly - I bet they'd love making it with you. How could they not?

Cris January 23, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

I have been wanting to try making my own pasta. Thanks for the recipe!

Michelle January 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM  

Cris - It's so much fun with kids (at least it was for me) and it's an easy recipe. Totally flexible.

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