Thursday, March 24, 2011

Homemade Pasta - Round Two!

Our first foray into making pasta didn't go that well. It tasted good, but was a sticky mess and jammed up our new pasta machine. We were at our friends Joe and Calla's for dinner last weekend and they had made great pasta. So, we knew it was time to get back at it! This time, we had some good advice from Joe and Calla, and we'd watched some videos on YouTube. The old adage 'A picture is worth a thousand words' seems to be very true for us when it comes to making pasta. We had a few 'aha' moments and the second try at making pasta went much, much better. Check out Jamie Oliver making pasta here and some other guy here. It's really quite easy when you know what you're doing! And quite fast! The basic recipe: 100 grams of flour and one egg per person. We actually had a lot of pasta for the two of us. The secret seems to be dusting with lots of flour as you run it through the machine. We tried Jamie's way of cutting the pasta by hand instead of changing over the machine to the pasta cutter. We cut it at about fettuccine width (we thought) by it cooked up super fat at about an inch wide! Maybe we overcooked it. Nonetheless, is was not a big lump and it was very tasty! We'll do that again, soon! The pasta was using local flour and our eggs (the sauce was totally not local - we won't even go there). Give the videos a watch, and then try it yourself!

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