by Texas Homesteader
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Have you ever made your own homemade pasta? When I was a child we had a family friend who made pasta from scratch. Boy were we all impressed!
But I’ve since found out just exactly how easy it is to make homemade pasta from scratch. Other than water there are only 3 ingredients in my pasta recipe:
Flour, Egg & Salt.
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Learning To Provide
Years ago I began my voluntary simplicity journey. I became interested in how to make more of the items my family consumed. And I knew in doing so the result would be healthier, less expensive and gentler on the earth.
So I started off easy, learning to make my own spice mixes and cooking more from scratch. I found much pride and enjoyment in learning old-time methods.
Had I really become so far removed from my food that I was under the misconception that it was too difficult to provide these basic foods myself??
Like many of the things I’ve since learned to make myself, I was shocked at how easy and inexpensive pasta was to make and how few basic ingredients are involved.
And I’ve experimented with making flavored 3-color Pasta too. Making your own pasta is versatile & so easy!
Wanna be amazed? Here’s how easily it all comes together.
Easy Pasta-Making Steps
I start by measuring two cups of all-purpose flour onto my counter. Many people use special semolina flour for making pasta. But I typically use plain ole all-purpose flour for mine. It always turns out delicious. Use whatcha got!
Today I also took advantage of the oregano I recently harvested & dried from my garden. I sprinkled about 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered dried oregano right into the flour. This will add an Italian flavor to my pasta.
Finally I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stirred it all together with a fork.
I made a little well in the middle of my flour mountain and cracked an egg into it. I stirred the egg with my fork until it was mixed well.
Then I slowly added 1/2 cup water, stirring with my fork and gradually incorporating more & more flour until it became thicker.
Finally I mixed it all together with my hands as it became a dough. I knead it until it’s smooth. (maybe around 4 minutes)
The dough is then divided into 3 equalish pieces and covered with a towel. It is allowed to rest for about 15 minutes.
Rolling Out The Pasta Dough
After the dough has rested you can roll out the pasta dough and cut it to the length & width you like.
You don’t really need any special appliances for these steps, you can accomplish it with just a rolling pin and a knife of course.
But I was given this *Pasta Machine years ago as a gift and I love it. So I typically use it instead.
Although I’m able to roll the pasta by myself using this pasta maker, it’s helpful to have two people to work the pasta roller: one person to feed the dough and catch the ribbon of pasta that comes out the bottom and another person to turn the crank.
So this meal typically becomes a shared family activity for RancherMan & me here on the homestead. Love it!
Cutting Pasta Into Noodles
Sometimes I leave the pasta dough in sheets so I can make lasagna or delicious homemade ravioli for supper. But other times I want to cut the pasta dough into noodles.
My pasta maker has two different cutting widths for cutting the pasta dough into noodles. There’s one cutter for thin spaghetti noodles and another cutter for wider fettuccine-sized noodles.
I typically prefer the wider noodles. They just seem less fussy to deal with after they’re cut.
After the noodles are cut I’ll sprinkle them with a little flour and fluff them just a bit to make sure the strands are coated so they don’t stick together. Then I’ll allow them rest for maybe an hour or more and before boiling them.
Cooking Fresh Pasta
Fresh pasta takes much less time to cook than the dried stuff in a box you buy from the store. Depending upon how long I’ve allowed it to rest (and therefore begin to dry) my fresh pasta cooks in only about 2-3 minutes boiling.
To cook I’ll bring salted water to a boil, gently place fresh pasta into the water and allow the water to return to a boil. Then I just boil the pasta until it’s al dente, about 2-3 minutes. Finally I’ll strain the pasta, add the preferred sauce and serve.
Here’s my simple 3-ingredient homemade pasta recipe:
Easy Homemade Pasta
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Water
Measure 2 cups all-purpose flour on a counter and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and crack an egg into the center. Slowly add 1/2 cup water, mixing with a fork and gently incorporate the flour into the egg mixture a little at a time.
Once you have incorporated the flour with the fork, use your fingertips to blend the mixture well. If the dough seems too dry add 1/2 teaspoon of water, if it seems too wet and sticks to your fingers add a light dusting of flour.
Form a ball with the dough. Knead the pasta dough as you would bread dough, pushing down and away with the palm of your hand, turn the dough 1/2 turn, fold in half and press again with the palm of your hand. Repeat this movement until dough is smooth, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cut the dough into 3 equal sections, form each section into a ball and cover with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
After the dough has rested, flatten one of the dough balls until it's about 1/2 inch thick and roll into the desired thickness. Then cut the dough into noodles. After cutting the dough, hang the pasta on a wooden dowel to dry. The pasta can be used right away or it will keep for about a week after thoroughly dried.
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