Fresh, Homemade Pasta is Easier to Make Than You Think

How to make fresh pasta, via Collegiate Cook
How to make fresh pasta, via Collegiate Cook
Photos courtesy of Nick Mustakas

By Nick Mustakas

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:

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Nick’s setup for making pasta. With wax paper on the table, cleanup is a cinch!
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Nick runs the pasta through the Pasta Roller Attachment, which flattens the dough thinner than a rolling pin can get it (and with less fighting with the dough!).
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As Nick’s recipe shows, it takes a few runs through the roller to get the dough just thin enough.
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Then, swap out the attachments for the Pasta Cutter, and feed each strip of dough through. The dough should be lightly floured before going through the cutter so the strands don’t clump together.
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Nick lays out the freshly cut strands of pasta.
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Now it’s ready to be boiled up and eaten! Pretty easy, right?

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!

Homemade Pasta
 
Nick Mustakas proves that making your own pasta isn't nearly as difficult as you'd think. (Once you have the right equipment, it's as easy as following the steps below.)
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let dough rest on the cutting board for 30 minutes.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. Set the pasta roller attachment to “1” and turn the mixer on to speed 2.
  7. Form the dough into a flat rectangle. Add flour to both sides of the dough and run it through the pasta roller attachment.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. Fresh pasta only takes 3-7 minutes to be fully cooked. Once done, strain the pasta and it is ready to be served.

 

Nick Mustakas can cook Italian food like nobody’s business (seriously — we’re still taking notes) and is the pastor of the Journey Church in Staten Island. You can learn more about the Journey here.

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