A couple of days ago, something possessed me to make pasta for dinner. I don’t mean to take out dried pasta from the packet and put into boiling salt water. I mean make pasta from scratch.
I think I was partly delusional.
There I was making the pasta using Jamie Oliver’s Fresh Egg Pasta recipe. I halfed the recipe because I just wanted to give it a try to see if the pasta tasted okay. Besides, I had dug out this meat grinder/pasta maker device in my cabinet, and I was curious to see if it works.
So I used 300 grams of all-purpose flour and 3 whole eggs. Kneaded the pasta dough together and made it into a ball. Cling-wrapped it and placed in the chiller. Took me about 20 minutes.
Then after that I tried to make macaroni with that pasta maker device I told you about. But man, it was really hard work turning that handle! Gosh! And for all that work, I got like 5 pieces of macaroni each time! It didn’t come with a spaghetti maker anyway, so I decided to roll out the pasta dough flat and proceeded to use a knife to cut it into strips.
It was tedious to say the least because I had to get the pasta as thin as possible, so it won’t be chewy. However, slicing out strip after strip was definitely easier than grinding that mean pasta maker machine! I finally finished cutting batch one of spaghetti strips and put them to boil.
Unbelievably, my kids LOVED it! They even asked for seconds!
Well to me, the pasta tasted all right. Consistency was, of course, a little thick…actually it was more like a thick linguini verging on fettucini, but the taste was very fresh. Cooking time for fresh pasta is also shorter than dried store-bought pasta, so it cooks in about 5 minutes or so.
Nothing beats eating homemade stuff that you know you made yourself without the preservatives and other whatnots that you can’t pronounce.
And now…I think I just might add this to my Christmas wish list: