I spent last weekend with my grandparents in Pittsburgh. I come from a big Italian family. We made homemade pasta in my Grandma’s kitchen and then invited the family over for dinner. Last minute invites seem to still have 100% results when you mention that you’re having homemade pasta.
It takes a bit of time to make pasta, but it’s not at all difficult. I cherish that time in the kitchen with my Gram, Mom and Great Aunt. Here’s what we did:
3/4 cup flour for every egg, mix by hand in bowl and then onto floured table top (yes, this is it, two ingredients)
*dough should have moist consistency, but not be sticky–it’s all about the feel
*put bowl upside down on top of the dough and let it sit for an hour
*sit at kitchen table and talk and drink coffee
*return to dough and dust with flour
*cut 1″ pieces of dough, flour each side of cut pieces
Set pasta machine roller on level 3 and roll each cut piece of dough through 2x, set rolled dough on floured table top
Repeat at level 2 and beyond until pasta is desired thickness. At this point, the noodles will look like lasagna noodles.
Once at desired thickness, let pasta dry on floured table until it seems like it won’t stick to the noodle cutter. (this time varies depending on humidity and temperature)
Put each noodle through the desired cutter (thin or thick) and then set pasta on table to dry until dinner, or freeze in zip locks.
Drink wine, discuss politics and change the subject when it gets heated, bring up old memories, enjoy!
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