Friday, July 10, 2009

Homemade pasta

At last I found the time and inclination to try out my new pasta machine. I made wide ribbons - pappardelle - I tried some dough through the cutting blades but the noodles turned out too narrow for the recipe I had in mind, I guess these are for making fettuccine and spaghetti. Anyway, once I had put the test dough through several times to clean the machine, and practice handling the pasta, I got started on making the noodles. The dough is just 1 egg and 100g flour per person, whizzed in a food processor until it comes together slightly then knead on a floured surface.

I made a simple pasta sauce using chopped red onion, a little chilli, some chopped smoked bacon, white wine, cream, sea salt and pepper. The pasta took a minimal time to cooked in boiling salted water (about 2mins). After draining the pasta I added it to the sauce, and served it with some grated parmesan and a green salad on the side.

The taste of the fresh pasta was amazing, much superior to using 'fresh' pasta from the supermarket. I can see this pasta machine will be getting a lot of use!


Amy said...

Gosh that sounds so delicious and I can imagine that the best thing is knowing that no additives or preservatives have gone into it.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Amy
Yes indeed, if you like eating pasta I'd say it's well worth investing in a machine, it really isn't hard to make (noodles anyway). I'm looking forward to having a go at making ravioli soon.

Lusks said...

The fresh homemade pasta is far superior to shop bought, thanks for sharing this. Maybe my machine will see light of day today after you reminded me of the best tasting pasta.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Lusks
Yes it's very easy to get these kitchen gadgets and store them away isn't it!
I lugged my juicer out recently and have made several jugs of lovely fresh orange juice. Worth cleaning up the mess afterwards!