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LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

Posted by jomoncon (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 2, 09 at 17:10

I just got a pasta machine. I've wanted one for quite a while, but just got around to getting one. I've looked around the web for recipes & found a ton of them - all slightly different. Some add water, some add oil, some add neither, just flour, salt & eggs.

Does anyone have a tried & true recipe for making homemade pasta?

Jo-Ann


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

This is the one we used in culinary school.

HOMEMADE PASTA

1 kg flour
2 Tblsp. olive oil
2 whole eggs
600g egg yolks (about 30)

Mix until just coming together (in a mixer or food processor). Wrap well and rest in refrigerator at least 30 minutes (or as long as overnight). Roll out and flour really well. Store in freezer.


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

do you have an extruder machine or a roller?
The kind of recipe you use for each is different.
Linda c


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

The machine is a roller. I'm anxious to give it a try.


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

I'm glad you posted this pasta I am also looking for a true pasta recipe because my family really loves pasta dishes. I want to learn how to make it. Thanks.


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

I have an extruder. I bought some Semolina but when I made macaroni shells, they fell apart after they were dry. I used two eggs, a cup of semolina, salt and enough water to make it the proper consistency for the extruder. What did I do wrong? Does making the dough ahead of time and then refrigerating it prevent this? Should I have added oil? I'd really rather not add oil if I can get by without it.


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

The commercial pasta, on the grocer's shelves, is essentially made of flour, water, dried milk and salt. The commercial machinery used for kneading.....which couldn't possibly be duplicated by hand in a home kitchen. And, their drying process is also a specialized proceedure. So hard pasta, as you can buy in the package, is impossible to make in your own kitchen with your own domestic kitchen mixers and equipment.

Homemade pasta recipes have too much moisture to dry hard and solid enough! That is why home-made is so much better and has much more flavor.

When you do dry it, it becomes fagile and must be handled and stored in air-tight containers with extreme care. If you don't dry it thoroughly enough, any moisture and the egg content can cause spoilage.

I prefer freezing.


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RE: LOOKING for: Homemade Pasta Recipes

Another really informative "How To" that may be of interest! (notice their drying rack.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Making Pasta With A Pasta Machine


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I've had really good luck with the instructions at the link below.

I've never made it with Semolina, but I've tried regular flour, bread flour, and 3 parts flour to 1 part resistant starch, and it's worked each time.

I have some other advice:

1. Make a half batch the first time. I've never been able to stack sheets of pasta without having them stick, and it takes up a lot of space to lay them all out by themselves.
2. Don't cut it (leave it as a whole big sheet of pasta) until you've got the water boiling or almost boiling. It sticks even more once it's cut.
3. As you cut it, catch it in your hand so you can keep the strands separated as much as possible, and just lay them out flat on a table or cutting board or whatever. The second you finish cutting the last sheet, get them into the water.
4. It takes about seven seconds to cook. Seriously, though, it's sooo quick.
5. When you move on to filled pasta, don't roll it to the thinnest-- use the second or third thinnest setting
6. If you're not 100% sure the dough is sticking together enough, putting it through the thickest setting a bunch of times, folding it over on itself in between, helps it stick together better. If it shreds or tears, smoosh it back together and put it through again. Once you can get it to come out in a continuous sheet, you're good to go
7. If you make filled pasta and use protein fillings like meat, simmer the pasta rather than boiling it. Boiling makes protein foods rubbery and awful.
8. You don't really have to refrigerate the dough-- you can use it right away if you're in a hurry.
9. For noodles, you only have to knead it until it sticks together. For filled pasta, kneading it properly will develop the gluten more and help keep it from breaking, so it's probably a good idea.
10. Use good eggs. I like to search craigslist for eggs and get them from a chicken farmer. Orange yolks= good pasta.

Happy cooking :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Pasta instructions


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