Since starting my “from scratch” series, I have become addicted with making as many things at home as I can. My pintrest
addiction interest has certainly helped with my making things at home, I especially love searching the Life Made Delicious recipes. I haven’t bought a loaf of bread since March (which reminds me, I need to go make another batch this week!), I made Donovan birthday cupcakes last night, and I made Pasta last week! That’s right pasta!
After reading a post a couple of months back, I was inspired to make my own pasta. The only problem being I didn’t have a pasta maker! I put one on my “wish list” and patiently waited. Ok, by patiently waiting I really mean I loaded up my pintrest food page with a bunch of pasta recipes!
When my birthday rolled around (two weeks ago) I received a pasta maker from my mom! and I was finally able to actually make the pasta I had long dreamt about. First things first, I needed to decide on a recipe. As most of you who have read this blog for any length of time know, I’m a huge Michael Smith fan, so his (simple looking) recipe was the winner for my first pasta making experience.
The first thing I learned was that although Simple, pasta making isn’t exactly EASY.
The work however, was just beginning. Bringing the dough into a smooth ball was a lot trickier then I thought it would be, in fact I broke out into a sweat with all the kneading! I’m not sure if I didn’t have enough egg (I already added an extra to what the ingredients called for) or if I didn’t put in enough of a “splash” of olive oil, but it sure took a long time to bring the dough into a workable (stiff!) ball.
Rolling the dough through the pasta machine was probably my favourite part, I know for sure it was Donovan’s favourite part! I was SO EXCITED when I saw the dough was actually thinning out, and not breaking! I was doing it, I was actually making pasta! Of course I’m not a total Martha Stewart (not even close actually), so I used hangers to hang my pasta on!
Of course Donovan needed his own hanger, and even insisted I cook “his” noodles in a separate pot so they wouldn’t get mixed up in mine.
I didn’t really let the pasta dry for that long, mostly until the water boiled and then I added it to the pot! This recipe made way more than we could actually eat, so next time I will probably try to dry some and keep it for another day of yumminess. The pasta cooked up really fast (apparently all fresh noodles do, which makes sense really, as they are mostly moist when they go into the pot).
I really wanted to taste the pasta and make sure the noodles were as delicious as I’d hoped so I made my favourite alferdo sauce and served it up. I was NOT disappointed! The noodles were even better than I had hoped, and totally worth the extra work! They are certainly not something that I will be making weekly, but it will become a semi-regular meal inour home! After all, I still have all those pintrest recipes to try