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!
Diehard Italian food fans and culinary connoisseurs alike are always in pursuit of the perfect pasta. Handmade pasta has been an immemorial source of gastronomy for centuries, appreciated for its lighter texture, and bright freshness. These days, passionate cooks around the globe are crafting from-scratch pasta to experience the unique flavors, aromas, and textures that it offers and to reconnect with Italy's long traditions. In this blog post, we'll explore the science behind how homemade pasta is crafted as well as how it finds its way onto the dinner plate.
Making and rolling homemade pasta is an art that begins with the selection of ingredients. The base ingredients in homemade pasta are simple: water, flour, salt, and eggs. These elements are combined and kneaded together to create a pasta dough that can be rolled out and shaped.
When combined the ingredients interact with both the starches and rather large proteins present in the flour. The water acts as a solvent that loosens the starches and soluble proteins from the endosperm cells of the wheat. Since the glutenin and gliadin proteins have hydrophilic tendencies, they become hydrated and form a dough, as the gluten molecules link together into an internal network of strands.
Mixing water with the flour also initiates a process of autolysis. This process causes the gluten proteins to further absorb the water and separate the dough into components of larger gluten strand pieces, starch particles, and a small amount of silica. As further kneading occurs, the gluten molecules continue to bond together to form a tenacious, interconnected matrix. During this developing process, the dough becomes more extensible. Salt is also added to the mixture, allowing it to swell and penetrate the dough so that each component, especially the gluten strands, becomes more effective at cross linking with other molecules. The hydrated proteins also become more elastic, giving the dough a tacky feel as they become more aligned and aggregated together as one.
As the dough is further kneaded, it is periodically sprinkled with flour so that individual pieces don't stick together. After some time of kneading, the dough will transform into a homogeneous mass with a silky, smooth texture. It is at this point where the homemade pasta is ready to roll out into sheets.
The rolling technique for stretching out the pasta sheets vary between regions and by individual preference. Restaurants and home cooks often use both a rolling-pin or a manually operated or electric wringer-like machine that forces the dough through progressively thinner gaps until it becomes thin enough. As the dough sheets become longer and thinner, the gluten-based dough becomes more extensible. This is due to the increased amount of overlapping gluten strands that allows the dough to stretch further out and in those regions that overlap, the gluten strands hold more strongly of the more viscous, cohesive interconnections.
When the sheets of pasta are thin enough, each one is given its final shape. Traditionally hand-cut noodles, such as strozzapreti, bow content, or pappardelle, are crafted by cutting and squeezing the dough with a variety of knives, forks, and cutting tools. Other shapes, such as farfalle, ziti, and fusilli, are crafted using molds. After the noodles are cut, they need to be separated and dried. Some cooks use a sieve for this purpose, gently shaking them to separate the pieces. The noodles should be left to dry for about 20 minutes or until slightly hardened to ensure that they can be cooked without falling apart.
Once the pasta is ready to be cooked, it is transferred to boiling water. Cooking homemade pasta begins when the starches present in the dough start to absorb the water and swell, causing them to become soft and pliable. The outer portions of the pasta are initially heated and gelatinize first, trapping their water stored in starches inside. As the noodles continue to cook, they shrink in size as they dry out and the internal structure sets further, becoming subject to the carbohydrate networks that further bond together. Additionally, the proteins cross link with one another, causing the structure to become firmer, making them better suited to resist the expansion of heat and water molecules.
When the pasta is cooked and ready to serve, it is wetted with a ladleful of boiling water before being tossed with a bit of oil and seasonings. These additional ingredients are crucial and add an extra dimension of flavor and texture to the homemade dish. Finally, the perfect pasta is served to enjoy.
For those who take the time to make homemade pasta from scratch, it can be a unique and rewarding experience. The science behind the process of creating the perfect pasta is worth exploring, as each element plays an important role in ensuring that the finished dish is truly delicious. From the selection and combining of ingredients to the process of kneading, rolling, and cutting, to the technique for cooking it, each step is crafted with care. At the end of the day, the success of the homemade pasta lies not just in the selection of ingredients, but also the attention to detail that is put into the craftsmanship at each stage of the process. A homemade pasta made with love is sure to be a joy to eat and savor.
|Vitamin A||0.017 mg|
|Vitamin B1||0.17 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.17 mg|
|Vitamin B3||0.00126 grams|
|Vitamin B5||0.23 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.04 mg|
|Vitamin B9||0.043 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.1 ug|
Daily Value 1.3 g
Daily Value 0.018 g
Daily Value 0.4 g
Daily Value 1.25 g
Daily Value 4.7 g
Daily Value 2.3 g
Daily Value 0.011 g
Daily Value 0.9 mg
Daily Value 0.0023 g
|Aspartic Acid||0.288 grams|
|Glutamic Acid||1.628 grams|
|Total Sugars||0.131141 grams||
|Palmitic acid (16:0)||0.3 grams||
|Stearic acid (18:0)||0.1 grams||
|Total Saturated fatty acids:||0.4 g|
|Oleic acid (18:1)||0.47 grams||
|Palmitoleic acid (16:1)||0.03 grams||
|Total Monounsaturated fatty acids:||0.5 g|
|Linolenic acid (18:3)||0.05 grams||
|Linoleic acid (18:2)||0.46 grams||
|Total Polyunsaturated fatty acids:||0.51 g|
|Total Sterols:||0.04 g|