Monday, January 9, 2012
Fresh Pasta - the best way to eat it.
This past Christmas and New Years went by way too quickly... With only a week's break and a crammingly busy first week of work, I finally have a moment to do a few updates.
I had such fun making my own home-made pasta for the first time the other day.
One of the presents my adorable fiance had gotten me was a pasta machine – on my foodie list.
So I had some fun experimenting with different doughs and pasta shapes and sizes.
Needless to say, the kneading was the hardest part, but otherwise its super easy, cheap and fun.
I used 375ml of flour and two extra-large eggs for the most basic dough, which turned out to be the best.
Make a well in the centre of the flour, add the eggs and stir slowly and then work at the dough until it forms a nice ball, not sticky or wet. I added occasional drops of water during the kneading process.
Set the dough aside, covered in a cloth, for 15 minutes to let the moisture absorb, then start rolling and and creating your pasta of choice.
The best part is that the pasta takes 5 mins to cook in boiling water. It's lighter and tastier than shop-bought, dried pasta.
As I'm a real novice, I would appreciate any tips and variations :-)