Fresh Pasta

Had a hanging in Big Red Kitchen last week. I was in the mood for homemade pasta and was having a friend over for lunch so I thought it would be nice to treat us to some fresh pasta. While growing up, Easter week was a busy time in Ma’s kitchen. Easter was a time for all the Italian foods to be made. She usually made homemade ravioli, bacciol, meatballs, sauce, pizzelles, and ricotta pie. So it is natural for me to want to have some type of homemade pasta around this time of year. The pasta was simple to make and dry on hangers with the whole process taking about 45 minutes. I served a simple salad, the fresh fettuccine with marinara sauce, and bread with seasoned olive oil for dipping. My pasta turned out tender and delicious.

Homemade Pasta
4 eggs
water
2 1/2 cups un-bleached AP flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour

In a liquid measuring cup break eggs and whisk lightly. Add enough water to equal one cup liquid. In a stand up mixer, mix the egg mixture with the flours until it pulls together into a dough. Turn onto a flour surface, knead lightly and cover with plastic wrap and let rest at least ten minutes. Then cut into pasta using whatever machine you like- electric, hand crack, or the old-fashioned way of rolling out and hand cutting. Use noodles immediately or dry slightly and then place in boiling water and cook 3-5 minutes or until al dente. Pasta not cooked immediately can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for one week or frozen I guess up to 6 months- I never keep it that long as we usually eat it right up!

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25 Comments

  1. Sheila
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

    You make it sound so simple. I got a pasta attachment to my mixer for my birthday but haven’t used it yet. If it is really this easy, I should try it. I have been buying pasta from the store, but fresh is always better!

  2. Cottonpickinfarm
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    I think I could do this. It doesn’t sound too complicated. Kinda sounds fun. I may try this soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Cottonpickinfarm
    http://www.cottonpickinfarm.blogspot.com

  3. Dawn
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    love the hangers! classic!

  4. Joan Nova
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Love the photo!

  5. Sabrina
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    that sounds so good. But I’m still intimidated by it.

  6. Peter M
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 10:13 PM | Permalink

    Haha, brilliant…coat hangers to dry the pasta. Grazie mille!

  7. That Girl
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    We’ve been eating ridiculous amounts of homemade pasta lately (and I’m sure we’ll return once again after Passover is over) – I got Thatmom a pasta maker for her birthday so she could make it herself when I’m not around during the week.

  8. noble pig
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    I love that picture! It’s so cool and what a lunch!

  9. Grace
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    there’s something undeniably awesome about fresh pasta hanging on a clothes hanger. it almost inspires me to try my own hand at it. 🙂

  10. unconfidential cook
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    I want to invite my friends into my kitchen with pasta hanging from hangers. How great is that?

  11. Donna and Greg
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    Yummy! I tried to make it years ago and couldn’t perfect the cooking of the fresh pasta. Must have been doing something wrong. Love the pasta dryers!

  12. Juliana
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    WOW…making your own pasta….sounds great! It must be very rewarding.

  13. Maria
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    We love making homemade pasta! We freeze it so we always have the good stuff on hand!

  14. Joie de vivre
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 6:20 PM | Permalink

    I love the picture! I bet your friend felt spoiled!

  15. Sara
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    It has been AGES since I made fresh pasta. I need to do it soon!

  16. Martha
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 10:25 PM | Permalink

    It wasn’t pasta but just noodles, however, my grandmother always hung them all over the kitchen chairs — your way seems much better!

  17. Lori
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    You crack me up! I love the hangars. Great idea!

  18. JennyMac
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    Woohoooo something to try in my new Kitchen Aid mixer!!!! Thank goodness I have the pasta attachment here at school I can borrow to make it….sound like I am going to be busy this weekend. funny you used hangers…I was thinking about using my clothes drying rack….lol

  19. Cassie Schmitz
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM | Permalink

    I love your recipe, but sometimes it can be hard to print recipes. I used PrintWhatYouLike.com to easily make a printer-friendly version of this recipe.

  20. Jennifer
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    I remember trying to make homemade pasta when I first got married and had a pasta machine. It took me forever and it totally sucked!!

    I have never attempted it again.

    Your version doesn’t seem as scary!!

  21. GFE--gluten free easily
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    That is so impressive! And, what a cool picture! One day I will attempt gluten-free pasta … maybe to make that ricotta dish. 😉

    Shirley

  22. Elyse
    Posted April 18, 2009 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    What a great picture! I love the hanging pasta. I’ve never made homemade pasta before, but I totally want to try it.

  23. Lucy
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    Just loving your idea for drying pasta!!! I’m over due in making some fresh pasta, yummy!!!

  24. chocolatecup
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 9:11 AM | Permalink

    cute way of drying your pasta!speaking of which, i just had some! nomnom. not fresh but still delish:)

  25. oneordinaryday
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Permalink

    Love your picture of the hanging pasta! You must enjoy it more than I did when I tried. 🙂 Not my best moment, I’ll tell ya.
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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