Sunday, May 22, 2011

Homemade Pasta and New Dining Room

I had been wanting to make homemade pasta for a while now, but for some reason I have been intimidated by the process. At first, I thought I wasn't able to since I don't own a KitchenAid or a pasta roller. But a few weeks ago I bought this cookbook Betty Crocker's Italian Cooking and was so excited to see a recipe for homemade pasta that had instructions that did not require a pasta roller or KitchenAid! The pasta tasted so good, it will be hard to go back to dry pasta. I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into fettuccine instead of a knife, it was alot easier.

On a side note, we finally finished painting our dining room with the help of my brother-in-law! My husband and I have always wanted a red dining room, I think there is something very romantic about it and we are so happy with the way it looks. We'll definitely have to make more of an effort to eat in there now. We've lived here since November and I can count on one hand the number of time we've eaten in the dining room! There are a few more little touches to make on the dining room, one of them being curtains. I think I want to do a nice white curtain that pools on the floor...I love that look. But for now, we're happy to have a dash of color in the townhome. I feel like I've been living in a world of beige ever since I went to college!



 Ingredients
-1 1/2 cups flour
-2 eggs
-3 tablespoons water
-1/2 tsp olive oil
-1/8 tsp salt

1.Place flour in a mound in a mixing bowl. Create a well in the center and add the eggs, oil, and salt. Mix with a fork, gradually bringing flour to the center until a dough has formed. Gradually add the tablspoons of water while dough is forming for desired consistency. If too sticky, sprinkle in more flour.
2. Knead dough on floured surface for 15 minutes, if too sticky add more flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Divide dough in half. With a rolling pin, roll one part of  the dough into a rectangle roughly 1/8" thick (or desired thickness). Sprinkle lightly with flour and fold dough into thirds. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into fettuccine noodles.
4. Arrange cut noodles on a single layer on a floured towel. Let rest uncovered at room temperature for 30 minutes.
5. To cook pasta, boil uncovered 2-4 minutes.


2 comments:

  1. Yum!! So glad to find a recipe that doesn't use a pasta roller. Do you think these would work for Chicken Noodle Soup?

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  2. Thank you for this recipe, like you I have been a bit intimidated but now feel I can have a go. By the way I love the red, the white curtains would look lovely.

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