Freckles in April: Whole Foods Recipe: Pasta

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Whole Foods Recipe: Pasta



When I got married my aunt and uncle gave me the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook. I remember thinking, "Oh crap, Aaron is going to want to eat things that aren't Pasta Roni. I'm in trouble."

I remember flipping through the cookbook and landing on a recipe for pasta from scratch. I was like, "What the...you can MAKE pasta?? Why would you bother?"

I've come a long way.

These days I make most of our pasta. It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious. If you have a bread maker with a "Pasta dough" setting then this becomes that much easier. I just throw everything in my bread maker and turn on the pasta setting. Twenty minutes later I roll it out with my rolling pin, cut it with my pizza cutter, and let it dry for a bit on some kitchen towels.

Homemade Pasta
adapted slightly from Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition

2 cups flour (I use home ground white whole wheat but you can use all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix flour and salt. Make a well and add eggs, water and oil. Mix and then knead for 5 to 10 minutes. Dough should be smooth and elastic.

Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15-30 minutes.

Divide into 4 pieces, roll each piece out (I like mine super thin but thick noodles are fun sometimes too. It's a personal preference thing), cut into strips, arrange in a single layer on a kitchen towel to dry for 30 minutes.

Boil 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6 comments:

  1. are you serious? that sounds so simple! i've never attempted homemade pasta because i assumed it would be super tricky. i am definitely trying this. thanks, kayla!

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  2. well crap! I don't have a bread maker, I use my stand mixer and, if necessary, some elbow grease. (well, that's what my hubs is for:) ) I guess it's store bought for us. *totally relieved sigh*

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  3. i love making pasta! but i go even simpler (cuz i'm lazy) and just use water and flour. so much better than store bought. yum!
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  4. Oh wow! Home made pasta looks amazing! I will have to try it sometime. I'm probably not there yet haha (still in the stage you mentioned like "Why would you ever make it?")

    Ashley Sloan

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  5. Nice! That looks delicious. I got the same cookbook when I got married- I had been thinking about trying the recipe. I love whole foods, but am not consistent with it. Have you ever tried using this recipe as a base for making ravioli? Either way, I am now a follower!

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  6. I have! It makes excellent ravioli but you DO have to make sure you roll it suuuper thin, which can be difficult sometimes. Lots of rolling.

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