If you’re looking for a classic, delicious Italian dish to serve for dinner, then look no further than homemade pasta. Homemade pasta is an easy, flavorful dish that will not only surprise and delight your family and friends, but also make you feel like a master chef in your own kitchen.
Homemade pasta is the concept of making pasta from scratch, usually using wheat flour, eggs, salt and water. Depending on the type of pasta, you may also include other ingredients, such as semolina flour or semolina-based dough, or even spinach. You can then use this dough to create classic shapes such as bow ties and shells, or, if you’re feeling creative, more unique and intricate shapes.
If you are new to making pasta, the process may seem overwhelming at first. Though, fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you think — all you need is a bit of patience and the right tools. Once you have the right items, like a pasta rolling machine, you only need a few ingredients before it’s time to start cooking.
The first step is to make a dough. For a basic recipe, mix wheat flour, salt and eggs into a bowl until a cohesive mass forms. You will then want to roll the dough into a uniform flat disc, using a pasta machine to make sure the dough is rolled as consistently as possible. Depending on the thickness level you’re aiming for, you may need to roll the dough several times.
Once the dough is ready, cut it into strips — you can do this using a pasta machine or a sharp knife. There are several varieties of pasta shapes you can make, such as fettuccine, linguine, pappardelle, spaghetti or bow ties. To make classic shapes, use a cutter or guide to help shape your dough before cooking.
Once you’re done shaping the dough, it’s time to cook. Boil a large pot of salted water, and carefully add the pasta to the boiling water. As the pasta cooks it will begin to expand, and should take only a few minutes until it’s done.
Though, if you prefer a more al dente texture, you can cook the pasta for a little while longer — it just depends on your personal preference. To test if it’s done, just remove a noodle from the pot and blow on it. If the noodle cracks in half, it’s ready to be removed from the water.
Once your pasta is done, strain out any excess water and quickly cool the pasta down by plunging it in cold water. This will stop the cooking process, and is especially important if you’ll be using the noodles later.
And that is all there is to making homemade pasta! Be sure to top it with your favorite sauce, like marinara or pesto, and sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese overtop if you’d like. It also pairs great with vegetables, like mushrooms and bell peppers.
Making homemade pasta is a fun, rewarding process that can brighten up your kitchen. Whether you’re a novice or a pro at cooking, you’ll find it simple enough to make delicious noodles from the comfort of your own home. So go ahead and give it a go today!