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.
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.