For Christmas, Steve gave me some attachments for our KitchenAid mixer (aforementioned here), including a pasta maker. Yes, since getting married I have morphed into an unapologetic domestic, and so I receive things like that as Christmas presents. I also scored three cookbooks and a cast iron skillet.
Steve and I decided to give the pasta maker a whirl last week. The process of making the dough and running it through the mixer was quite simple and quick, even with my complete lack of ability to properly follow written directions. The most difficult part was after the noodles came out of the pasta maker. The user manual reads, “Lay noodles on flat surface and separate immediately.” Simple enough, right? Wrong. Separating a few hundred noodles from each other was a nasty chore. The noodles stuck together, broke into pieces, and basically did not want to cooperate. After lots of tedious work, we finally got them into the pot to cook, and it was a breeze after that.
It ended up being some of the most delicious spaghetti noodles ever – soft, fluffy and tasty – and we decided it was worth the work. I think we’ll try making some fresh lasagna next time.
Homemade Pasta Noodles
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons water
2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
Break eggs into a glass measuring cup. Add water. Carefully check to see that the total liquid amount in 3/4 cup. If less than 3/4 cup, add additional water 1 teaspoon at a time until that amount is reached. Place flour in bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and gradually add eggs and water. Mix for 30 seconds. Stop mixer and exchange dough hook for flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes. Remove mixture from bowl and hand knead for 1 minute. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 15 minutes before extruding through Pasta Maker. Lay noodles on flat surface and separate immediately. Add salt and oil to 6 quarts boiling water. Gradually add pasta and boil until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to cook evenly. Drain pasta in colander.
By the way, thanks to everyone who de-lurked this week. Your introductions made me want to visit every single one of you! Yeah, even the Midwest people.