Oh the joy that pasta brings! Especially fresh homemade pasta. When I first embarked on this idea of making fresh homemade pasta, I truly had no idea what to expect. Making freshly made homemade pasta is something that has been on my bucket list for a while. But, it was always so much easier to buy whatever kind of pasta that I want from my local grocery store.
I have been sitting on this idea for a while and decided to finally give it a shot. And, I am so glad that I did. Now, this recipe that I am sharing with you is the recipe I used for my first time ever making pasta. I was rather impressed when I first tasted it after it was cooked. So, I am confident enough to share it with you. No multiple recipe tests were needed to make this delicious pasta. After all, it may sound intimidating to make pasta fresh and right in your own kitchen, but I can promise you that it is one of the easiest foods to make gourmet. All you need is passion and patience and you will be able to make the best pasta!
The ingredients that you need to make this are very simple. All you need is: flour, eggs, olive oil, salt and water. I did a bit of research before making this and most pasta connoisseurs use either 00 flour, semola, or all0purpose. I decided to use all-purpose. It was what I had on hand and I found it to be a perfect choice. Since I have not tried to make pasta with any other types of flour, I cannot give you a true comparison to other flours.
I made this two ways. First I decided to use my pasta maker that I ordered on Amazon. It is simply a basic pasta attachment that screws right on to my Kitchenaid stand mixer. I remember being so overjoyed when I found out that my mixer could do way more than just mix. I then decided that for this recipe to be more universal so that everybody could make it, that I would use the same pasta dough, except this time, I would make the pasta pieces by hand. It was certainly less precise this way and a lot more rustic. I am giving you the instructions on how to make this by hand so that the recipe is easy to follow for everybody.
The hardest part of making this dish was the kneading of the dough. I had to put in some arm power for sure. Fortunately, I have been doing arm exercises and strength training lately so that might have made it better. The dough was also pretty easy to work with. Kneading is the most important part because that is what helps the ingredients to get nicely combined. I kneaded it for a little over 10 minutes.
When it comes to cutting your pasta into the kind that you want, either use a knife or a pasta cutter. You can cut the pasta into small individual rectangles and then pinch those rectangles in the middle. What kind of pasta do you think that makes? If you answered Bowtie, then you are correct and are on your way to making the freshest bowtie pasta!
I hope you find this recipe easy to follow and fun to make. Enjoy your freshly made pasta. Serve it however your wish. If you want the noodles drenched in garlic butter, then do so. Or are in the mood for a simple red sauce? How about a creamy alfredo sauce? The options are endless for how you can eat your pasta dish. Enjoy this blueprint recipe that can help you make the best and most creative pasta dishes around!