I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love fresh pasta. When the pasta craving hits, it’s never for the boxed stuff. It’s that homemade pasta I want to devour, you know, the kind with actual flavor and texture? Fresh pasta actually tastes like something, so you won’t want to drown out with tons of red sauce. And, it has a real texture that you will want to bite into and savor, it’s not the same old rubbery, limp noodle.
Even without the taste and texture factored in, there’s just something about the simplicity of fresh pasta that I adore. The ingredients are so basic- flour, eggs, salt, oil, and water. Five ingredients, that’s it. (None of which are a 16-syllable chemical you can’t pronounce. Because if you can’t pronounce it, chances are it’s not so good for your body.) In fact, there’s a great probability you already have all of these ingredients waiting at home, just wishing that they could become this delicious dinner.
If you use a stand mixer with the proper attachments, it doesn’t take very long to make pasta and it’s really not that difficult. In fact, I actually find the whole process kind of soothing. Once you get the hang of it, you can relax your mind after a long day and just watch those long sheets of pasta dough pass through the roller. Use this time wisely friends, and meditate on the day that was, and the dinner that will be. Here are the pieces that come in the KitchenAid Pasta attachment set:
You can always make pasta by hand, but skip the gym that day because your arms are going to get a workout from all of the required kneading and rolling. If you use the stand mixer, you will get the results in half the time (hopefully with less frustration) and you’ll still be able to lift things the next day. I realize the steps below look long, but that’s because I wanted you to learn from my mistakes and succeed at this process the first time around. As with all recipes, read through the steps first before beginning this process. So let’s get to it shall we?
The best part about homemade pasta is that the meal options are truly endless! You can top the pasta with your favorite red sauce, butter sauce, or pesto. You can add chicken, shrimp, or pork. Not to mention all sorts of vegetables- broccoli and pasta in garlic sauce or how about the summery pasta Primavera. MMM… I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! What are your favorite pasta dinners, and have you tried them with homemade pasta yet?
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