Making Pasta by Hand
Stefan and I went to a friend’s house recently for a pasta dinner, make your own pasta. It was super fun. We had a pasta press but had to cut the noodles by hand. I decided to try it again and I found some simple instructions over at thepioneerwoman.com. I have to say this would be a great cooking project with kids. Kids love pasta and this is a fun and easy project that cooks up fast.
2 eggs, 1 cup flour
Mix, Kneed, and roll. I just kneeded it in my hand like I was playing with playdough. It was about that consistency and since I just made enough for 2 people, it was nice and easy to kneed. If I was making a big batch, I’d use my kitchenaid.
I cut it using a nice kitchen knife and just accepted that I would have shorter noodles.
The meatballs were stewing while I made the pasta.
They turned out super well. 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes and a little water for the sauce and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 lb ground beef for the meatballs. I seasoned the sauce with oregano, thyme, and basil while the meatballs cooked in it.
After I cut the pasta, I had a nice mound of it, perfect for 2 people. Way more meatballs than pasta but they are great for leftovers.
Boil some salted water, cook for 2-3 min, and voila. It didn’t take long at all and was definitely a tasty meal. If I had a cool pasta maker, I think I’d make this all the time. This one is only $30 and looks like it would do the trick.
Once I get my walk-in pantry, I’ll have room for more cooking toys!
Try pasta tonight. It’s not as hard as it seems and was mighty tasty!