Learning how to make pasta from scratch
March 2, 2010
Along with our mixer, we received a pasta maker for Christmas. This was very exciting because we thought it would be more economical. Turns out it saves a little for a lot more effort! It’s definitely a culinary experience! We may repeat it some other time with a better recipe. The problem with the Kitchen Aid Whole Wheat Pasta recipe was that it made a ton! It took hours to run all that pasta through the roller and then the cutter. We learned some useful bits for next time so it wasn’t all a loss. One thing, don’t use the mixer to knead the dough and use a lot more water than called for. This dough started out so tough it stopped our heavy duty mixer in it’s tracks.
Another thing we learned was that we don’t need to go through each setting on the pasta roller. We can skip 2 or 3 once the pieces are flat. Next time we also won’t use the recommended setting for angel hair (7). Our pasta looked like ramen! Also, if we make 1/4 of what we made we should have plenty of pasta for a meal. Here’s a picture of 1/3 of our pasta:
What a mess! Thankfully it was good. It cooked in about 2 minutes. While we were trying to decide if it was done, it got a bit overcooked. We were a little disappointed after all the hard work. Ah…the lessons learned! Next time I’ll be using this guy’s awesome video: How to make Pasta from scratch in 5 minutes
I wish I had seen this before hand so I’m sharing it with you. I hope we all have better pasta making experiences in the future!