Making homemade pasta can be daunting and seem like something for those big restaurants or Food Network Chefs but everyone can make it. You just need a few supplies and ingredients and then you’re all set!
Here are the supplies you need:
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer (You’ll also need the Flat Beater and Dough Hook attachments, which typically come with the mixer.)
- Pasta Roller Attachment
- Pasta Cutter Attachment (Fettuccine or Spaghetti Cutter)
- Cutting Board
- Plastic Wrap
- Wax Paper
To Serve Pasta:
I like to serve the Pasta either Cacio e Pepe (Pepper and Cheese). Over the Pasta, drizzle Olive Oil (just enough to lightly coat the pasta). Then sprinkle cracked black pepper and red pepper and Grated Parmesan to taste over the pasta. It’s a light and fun way to enjoy pasta a little differently!
- 3 ½ cups of all-purpose unbleached flour (plus extra flour for rolling out the dough)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- To Make the Pasta: Place eggs, flour, salt and water in a mixer bowl. Using the Flat Beater, turn the mixer to speed 2 and beat for about a minute.
- Switch to the Dough Hook, turn mixer to speed 2 and mix for 2 minutes. Then, remove the dough from the mixer bowl (dough will seem loose, but that’s okay) and then knead it on a cutting board for 2 minutes. If dough seems dry, add more water as needed in increments of ½ tablespoons.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let dough rest on the cutting board for 30 minutes.
- Now it's time to bring out the big guns: Attach the pasta roller attachment to the mixer. (Then relax for the next 30 minutes as the dough sets.)
- After 30 minutes, unwrap the dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Work with one piece at a time and keep the others covered.
- Set the pasta roller attachment to “1” and turn the mixer on to speed 2.
- Form the dough into a flat rectangle. Add flour to both sides of the dough and run it through the pasta roller attachment.
- Fold the dough in half, add flour to both sides and repeat the process. Then, without folding it in half, run it through the pasta roller one more time.
- Change the pasta roller attachment to “2”, add flour to both sides of the dough and run it through 2 times. Then change to “3”, add flour to both sides of the dough and run it through 2 times. Then change to “4”, add flour to both sides of the dough and run it through 2 times. Then place the sheet of pasta aside and cover with wax paper.
- Repeat the above steps (8-11) with the 3 remaining pieces of dough.Then turn off mixer, remove the pasta roller attachment and put the pasta cutter attachment on.
- Turn mixer to speed “2” and run a sheet of dough through the pasta cutter. Place the cut pasta aside and run the 3 remaining sheets through the cutter following steps 14 and 15 again.
- To Cook The Pasta: Fill a pot ¾ of the way full with water and add salt to the water. Bring water to a boil and then add the pasta as well as a capful of olive oil (reduces pasta sticking).
- Fresh pasta only takes 3-7 minutes to be fully cooked. Once done, strain the pasta and it is ready to be served.