17 Jan Mamamiaaa Italian homemade Pasta
Whenever we think date night we immediately think of a great meal!
Save your hard earned $$ and make your own pasta! Its incredibly romantic, fun and surprisingly not as hard as you would think! A glass of wine, or two, or three, a willing partner and you have date night!
Do as the Italians do! Make your own pasta!
Here is what you will need:
- 2 Cups of all purpose flour
- 3 Large eggs
- 1 Teaspoon of salt
On a clean and dry countertop make a small mound with the flour, make a large well in your mound, big enough to crack all 3 eggs inside of it. Crack all 3 eggs inside the well, season with salt.
Now here comes the messy part… with a fork, whisk the eggs slowly incorporating the flour, digging in the edges of your well. Once it starts to form a paste, ditch the fork and get dirty. Use your hands to incorporate the rest of the flour.
Once you have a ball of dough, clean up your work station and remove all the dry dough bits. Knead the dough on a freshly floured surface, make sure to use the palm of your hand, firmly push the dough down and away from you and put your weight into it. Do this for about 8-10 minutes until its soft and elastic. Take turns if you have to, its date night after all! It’s quite the workout, but eh… did you go to the gym today?
Now that you have pasta dough (YAY!) you have to let it rest for about 20 minutes. I know, I know, waiting isn’t great… but now is the time to switch from white wine to the vintage red!
After the dough is well rested, separate it into two equal discs. Work with one portion at a time, it’s important that you wrap what you are not using in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out!
Now, Richard and I use a manual pasta roller, they are quite inexpensive and can be purchased online or at any large surface store. We bought a Lagostina pasta roller for about 50$. You can also buy the fancy Kitchenaid stand mixer with all the fancy attachments if you would like, or even do as the Italian Nonnas and hand roll your pasta with a rolling pin.
Whatever method you use, you will have to roll your dough out very thin, be patient, have fun with it! You can make Fettuccine very easily by rolling the dough to about 3mm thick, flour the pasta sheet, fold it gently over itself 3 times and cut 5cm wide strips. If you want to make Ravioli or Tortellini you will have to roll your dough thinner (2mm). See the Stuffed pasta and the Pasta sauce posts coming soon for recipes.
- Bring water to boil in a large pot with salt and olive oil
- Gently drop pasta into boiling water
- Cook until “aldente”
Pasta making is just as romantic as it is delicious. Years of italian traditional pasta making, wine drinking and good company brings epic date nights.
PS: Not for your average Tinder date!