Homemade Pasta










I finally got the guts to pull out my "new" (new in box from the thrift store) pasta maker. I bought it a month or so ago but have been nervous about actually tackling my first batch of fresh pasta.
Canaan has been begging for spaghetti and meatballs for the past couple of weeks so this morning after he headed to school I started simmering some homemade marinara and mixed up our favorite meatball recipe.
I had every intention of using store bought whole wheat pasta but around 4:00 today I figured that every other aspect of the meal was from scratch~ so should the pasta.
I have endless recipes for pasta dough and couldn't figure out which one to use. Finally I settled on Gourmet magazines recipe which literally is 1 1/2 cups of flour and 3 eggs...thats it. It was super easy and the dough had great texture. I used whole wheat flour.
Ezra and Mike helped out and after a few mishaps (learning how to use my machine properly), we got beautiful ribbons of fettuccine.
After 3 minutes of boiling, the pasta was done. And oh how yummy it was! I couldn't believe how EASY, FAST, and YUMMY the pasta was. Everyone loved it and it was incredibly healthy and tasty.
Does anyone know how to clean the pasta machine properly? It came in a box but the instruction guide was missing. I have no clue how to clean it and I don't want to use soap and water without knowing if I should or not.

9 comments:

  1. The final outcome looked so good. Spaghetti is one of my ALL time favorites. I just might need to make it before the week's over.

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  2. Not sure what kind of machine you have but I just had a look at the manual for mine and it says this:

    -Never submerge the pasta machine in water or any soapy water solution. To remove excess flour, dust the machine with a dry brush used only for this purpose or wipe with a clean dry cloth.
    -To remove food stains, wipe the area with a warm, damp cloth and a little soap. Then wipe the area clean and dry to remove soap and moisture.

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  3. Thanks Michele~ Some of the pasta got gunked in the "teeth" of the roller. Any suggestions on that?

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  4. You could probably use an old toothbrush or something to brush out the scraps. Let me know if you want to borrow one that only been used for cleaning food-type stuff. :)

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  5. Thanks Alyssa! I'll try that..great idea.

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  6. I need to get one of those...right now I just cut it by hand but my ocd tendencies would be so much happier if the noodles were all uniform!!! hehe Looks delicious!

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  7. It's probably dried by now. If not, wait until it dries then brush or poke it out, as suggested.

    Looks so yummy! I haven't made pasta in ages.

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  8. Very cool! I wish I had a pasta maker. Can you share your marinara recipe? I have been looking for a good one for some time now.

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  9. Lacy~
    Thanks for asking!
    I keep it really simple. Equal parts of tomato sauce and tomato paste (i.e. 1 can sauce, 1 (large)can paste or 2 cans sauce, 2 cans paste,etc..) and 1 can of chopped tomatoes. I put it all in a crock pot (or you could do it stove top). I add lots of herbs~ oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, salt and pepper. Then I cook the heck out of it. Usually in the slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours. It is a thick marinara but if you like it thinner you could add tomato juice or water. If it is too tart for you you could add sugar as well (depending on your taste buds).
    I have adapted it from a recipe from Ina Garten. Hers is really good as well.

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