Has anyone here tried making fresh pasta on their own?
I was watching the Yahoo Chow Ciao video with Fabio from Top Chef. He was making pasta and it looked so easy. I've always known making pasta was easy, but I thought it involved special ingredients like semolina flour which most ppl don't have at home.
Has anyone tried making pasta at home? Did you use regular flour or semolina flour? In Fabio's video, he just used regular flour, eggs, salt/pepper, and olive oil. How do pastas made from regular flour taste?
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I make my own. It's good. I use both regular flour and semolina. Try making pappardelle (wide noodles) and laying out fresh basil leaves on it. Run the dough through the squeeze-o-matic a few times, lay the basil leaves on it, fold the dough in half, and run it through the press a few more times until the basil leaves are just ready to start poking through. If the leaves do poke through, you need to stick some extra dough over those spots. Cook as you would for regular noodles.
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My husband makes pasta all the time. Get a Kitchen Aid mixer & the pasta attachment, it's so much easier than the pieces from Italy that were passed down to him. Though making ravioli is still a pain in the ass to me, making things like spaghetti is super easy in the Kitchen Aid. We have used all types of flour - soy flour, whole wheat flour, semolina - they all have different tastes.... The atkins diet uses a lot of recipes with soy flour which is why we tried the soy flour, you sometimes have to work with the ingredients to get the right consistency. I can say homemade pasta is wayyy better than the cheap pasta at the store, but now lots of companies sell premium pastas which taste really good without all the work (cost more though but not horrible...)
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I just tried making it myself today with just regular flour. I haven't purchased a pasta roller yet though because I want to see if it's worthy buying. Despite being my first time, the pasta turned out pretty good. It was just a tad too thick because I just used a rolling pin. I made basic fettucine and my wife really liked it.
I just bought some semolina flour and will play around with the dough recipe. I think I'll go ahead and get the pasta roller. I think it'll be worth it because I will certainly be making my own pasta more often now.
You can get rings that fit around each end of your rolling pin that let you roll out things evenly and there are cutters for cutting up veggies or pasta that have multiple cutting wheels. You just dip them in flower and then cut the sheets.
If you think you will use it even a little, a pasta machine is well worth the investment. It saves time and you pasta is even so it cooks e envy.
I've learned so much from my mistakes, I'm thinking of making a few more.
I've been searching for a pasta roller machine. The ones you see in cooking shows like Top Chef where it fits on the counter top and you manually roll the pasta dough. The only place convenient I found was Amazon.
Anyone have any recommendations? It looks like all the machines from $28-70 look exactly the same. I wonder if it's just the same machine but sold by different manufacturers at different prices.
I use the noodles that come in a box..they don't come out tasting that good :/
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Sure, dry store pastas are good. I don't think it can compare to freshly made pastas though. Also, from what I found out today, making your own batch of pasta dough takes minutes only. And, the ingredients are all things you'll find in most home kitchens (olive oil, eggs, salt/pepper, and flour). Literally, I think it took me longer to get out my stand mixer and to clean it than the actual time it took to make the pasta dough.
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