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Adventures in Pasta Making

Another thing checked off my #funemployment bucket list!

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I did make some Asian-style noodles last year, but that was a pretty rough first try and I’ve been wanting to attempt an Italian dish with my own homemade pasta. I spent a LONG time looking through recipes and eventually decided that David Lebovitz would never let me down, so I went with his. I started the dough in my stand mixer then kneaded it on the counter until it was smooth. Quite an arm workout.

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After a good long rest (for me and the dough), it was time to stretch it out! I don’t own a pasta roller so I was a little worried about this part. Everything I read said it was going to be quite challenging to roll the dough into sheets that are thin enough by hand. Honestly though, it was a little time consuming but not hard. The initial kneading of the dough was the hardest part. With my good heavy rolling pin I could easily roll nice thin sheets of pasta dough. In fact, some of them got too thin!

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Bottom line, you DEFINITELY don’t need a special machine to make pasta!

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I was going for fetuccini sized pasta, which was easy to cut with a sharp knife. Then I just dusted all the pieces in semolina and hung them on hangers on our kitchen cabinets to dry for a few hours.

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The drying step isn’t necessary, but I read in several places that the drying is traditional so I went with it. The pasta hung up there for the rest of the afternoon, then by dinnertime it was just as dry as the pasta you buy in the store!

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I prepared it with pesto trapanese from Mollie Katzen’s cookbook The Heart of the Plate. I felt so accomplished eating a bowl of pasta that I made with my own two hands!

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I’m not sure what to take on next, but I’m feeling like homemade tortillas would make mexican night pretty epic. I’ve applied to some promising job positions lately, so I think my days of endless kitchen exploration might be numbered!

-Lauren

P.S.-There’s a giveaway going on RIGHT NOW on my Facebook page, check it out!

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