Making Fresh Pasta for the First Time

Dillon bought me a combination grinder/mincer/pasta maker for Christmas.  He knows that I have been wanting to try my hand at making my own sausages for a while and the one he bought for me also does pasta.  Since I don’t have any of the actual sausage casing…yet… I decided to try my hand at making fresh pasta!

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Sandie

This is the one he bought for me!

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And these are the ingredients I started with.  I bought Semolina flour to make it more authentic tasting… at least that was my hope lol!

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I mixed the pasta dough in my KitchenAid mixer but kneaded it by hand. I used a plain

Recipe of 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup semolina flour, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 egg.

I kneaded it until it didn’t feel grainy any more.

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I placed it in a large baggie and let it sit for about 20 minutes to hopefully make it more pliable, at least that’s what everything I read said to do!

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And then came the fun part…. putting it through the pasta maker on the new toy.  I will admit, it was a lot harder turning it than I thought it would be.  If I were to make pasta on a regular basis I would probably end up with forearms like Popeye!!!

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And turning…..

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Once it was all through the pasta maker, I cut it to length… for the most part… and hung it on clean clothes hangers because I don’t have a pasta drying rack yet.

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I let it dry for about 15 minutes and then took it off the hangers and wrapped it in parchment paper until I was ready to actually cook it.

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When it came time to cook it, I just cooked it in boiling water for 10 minutes…

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and then topped with my favourite spagetti sauce and put it on the table for the official taste test!

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Thankfully it passed the taste test, everyone cleaned their plates!!!

This will give me enough courage to try it again!  I found a recipe for a garlic and basic fettuccine that I would like to try next, once the Christmas hangover tiredness is done and over with!

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