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How To Make Homemade Pasta

If you’ve been wondering how pasta is made, especially the way it is sliced, well never wonder for so long because here are step by step guide to make your fresh pasta without any equipment. So follow  the directions below and as seen in the photos

Step 1 

Get flour, salt, eggs and olive oil. Begin by whisking together 2 cups of flour and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and add three large eggs and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Step 2 

Whisk the eggs and oil with a fork while slowly incorporating some of the flour from around the edges as you go. Once the dough becomes too thick to whisk with a fork, turn the dough out onto a clean work surface, along with any leftover flour from the bowl. Knead the dough and remaining flour until you’ve got a smooth, stiff ball of dough.

Step 3 
Wrap the dough loosely with plastic as seen in the picture and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. The wrapped dough can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a day if necessary.

Step 4 
When you’re ready to make your pasta, divide the dough into four smaller portions. Work with one portion at a time, leaving the remaining three covered with plastic to prevent them from drying out.

Step 5 
Dust the dough liberally with flour, then flatten it into a rectangular shape with your hands. Once flattened, begin to roll the dough into a long, thin sheet with your roller pin, dusting with flour on both sides as you go.

Step 6 

Roll the pasta as thin as possible, keeping in mind that it will swell considerably when cooked.You should be able to see your hand through the dough that way you can stop rolling.

Step 7

Dust the pasta liberally with flour once again, then fold it into a wide, flat roll. Folding the pasta into a flat roll instead of simply rolling the pasta up into a tube will help prevent the pasta from being squashed as it’s cut. Use a sharp knife to cut the pasta into strips.

Step 8

Shake the cut pasta strands out into a loose pile and dust with flour. At this point, the pasta can be dropped into boiling water to cook or can be piled onto a baking sheet in single portions and frozen.

If freezing, transfer the individual frozen pasta nests to an air-tight freezer bag for storage. To dry the frozen pasta, hang the strands through a hanger over a clothes drying rack, or over the back of a chair in a cool, dry place. Once the pasta is dry and brittle, it can be stored in an air-tight container.

Step 9 

Keep in mind that fresh or fresh-frozen pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta. So all you need is a quick three- to four-minute boil in lightly salted water plateful of springy, flavorful homemade pasta. The sky’s the limit with shapes and flavors, so take this base recipe and make it your own.

Culled from: food.com

Is Fresh Pasta Better Than Dried?

If you’ve visited a high-end grocery store lately, you might have noticed some long ribbons of fresh bold pasta, displayed like prime cuts of meat in a beautiful transparent refrigerated case. Often labelled “hand-cut” or “house-made”. These fresh pastas stand apart from their dried counterparts for their smooth texture, tenderness…and their higher prices, compared to the always-available dried pasta.

So is fresh pasta better than dried? There’s a disturbing misconception that, because it’s just-made and doesn’t come in a bag, it is. But the truth is, it’s a matter of personal choice.

Any high-quality dried tube pasta makes a great pairing with a spicy sauce and taste more substantial than fresh pasta — and because a wide range of flours is used, flavors vary.
The better dried pastas use semolina flour, made from nutritious durum wheat and this pasta is widely available, lasts longer in the pantry, and is more economical.

While well-made fresh pasta is definitely lighter and more delicate than dried pasta.

So make a wise choice that would taste great and go for it.

Photo credit: 2.bp.blogspot


Prevent Pasta From Sticking (Cooking Tip)

Do you dread cooking pasta for the fear of it sticking together?

Here’s a tip to stop pasta from sticking when cooking. The trick is to treat the pot with a nonstick spray before adding the water or you first allow water to boil before adding few drops of oil to the water.

Whatever you do, never add your pasta before water boil. If you do, you would slow down the boiling process and the pasta will stick together.

Photo credit: ouritaliantable.com



Avoid The 5 Most Common Mistakes When Cooking Pasta

Pasta is one of the easiest meal to make. But as simple as it is to cook pasta, you might be making common mistakes without even knowing it.

Here are the five most common mistakes that are made when cooking pasta or spaghetti as some call it, plus our best tips on how to avoid them!

1. Using a pot that’s too small.

Ever tried squeezing too-tall spaghetti into a tiny pot?  this is the no. 1 mistake. By using a pot that’s not large enough, the water temperature drops significantly when the pasta is added. More so than if you were using a larger pot.

While the water returns to a boil (which can take a while), the pasta gets clumpy and mushy sitting in the pot. This also creates a higher starch to water ratio, which makes for sticky pasta.

So follow this tip: Use a large pot filled with 5 to 6 cups of water.

2. Not salting the water.

This step is all too often skipped. but pasta water certainly needs more than just a pinch of salt. Pasta doesn’t actually absorb all the salt that goes in the water. The purpose of the salt is to “rough up” the surface of the pasta to keep it from getting slimy.

Salt also helps to season the noodles. This is especially important when cooking dried pasta.

So follow this tip: Bring 5 to 6 cups of water to a rapid boil, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt to the water.

3. Adding pasta to the water too soon.

I’ll admit, I’ve made this mistake more than once. When you’re hungry it seems like the water takes forever to boil. But, don’t use that an excuse by adding pasta to the water too soon.
When pasta sits in water that’s not hot enough it get gummy and sticky. Also add a table spoonful of vegetable oil to prevent it from getting gummy.

Follow this tip: Wait for the water to come to a rapid, extravagant boil, then add some vegetable oil and then add the pasta.

4.  Not stirring the pasta.
Stirring pasta during cooking is crucial! if you Skip this step, you would be left with a giant clump of noodles that are stuck together.

Follow this tip: Stir the pasta immediately after adding it to the water, and occasionally during cooking. This will prevent it from sticking together.

5.  Rinsing the pasta after cooking.
Personally I think this is based on choice. Most persons prefer to rinse because of the starchy taste.  While for some, they feel its totally unnecessary, that by doing this you’re washing away the starch that helps the sauce cling to the pasta. It also washes away some of the pasta’s wonderful flavor.

Follow this tip: Drain the pasta in a colander, and gently shake to remove any excess water.

What are your best tips for cooking pasta?