Fresh Pasta Table and Dish

_Y7A0149We’ve been a bit more than slightly obsessed with making our own hand-made fresh pasta lately. Recently, when I was shooting images for a new italian restaurant opening in our area the chef decided to have me photograph him making a quick batch of fresh pasta. Free pasta making lesson!  Thank You!  I knew it was simple but had never taken the leap to give it a try.  I had been quite content to pour my boxed pasta into the boiling water and call it a meal.  Now that my kids have tasted the difference there might be mutiny next time I reach for the box.  I better start figuring out how to make shapes.  For now I’m only skilled at fat fettuccine type pasta.GY7A0080The recipe is simple…

1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cup semolina flour.

4 room temperature eggs

That’s it!

The semolina gives it a beautiful creamy color and you can actually taste the eggs! GY7A0086Get dirty!  Yes, you can put it in a stand mixer with a dough hook but it’s fun to make a mess once in a while.  Make a mound of flour with a divot in the center.  Add your eggs.  Start from the center mixing until you are able to form a ball of dough.  Keep kneading until smooth.GY7A0088GY7A0102GY7A0108I use an attachment for my stand mixer but any pasta maker will do.  I imagine you could roll it out with a rolling pin but that would be a great deal of work.  And a good arm workout!  Maybe I should give it a try next time.

Cut your ball of dough into 6 pieces.  One piece at a time feed it into the pasta maker on the 1st setting (the widest) do this three or four times folding the dough in half or thirds before putting it back into the rollers.  Then send it through a couple times on 2 then again on three.  We stopped there because we wanted relatively thick pasta but you can keep going.  With each setting change the rollers make the sheet of pasta thinner._Y7A0152_Y7A0155Lay your piece of pasta on your lightly floured work surface then sprinkle with a bit of the combined flours.  Then roll the dough into a lose log.  Cut the log into pieces the with of your desired pasta size.  unravel the rolls and there you have fresh pasta ready to cook._Y7A0116_Y7A0118_Y7A0124_Y7A0128_Y7A0171Ok time for a shout out to my son Mark who is 14 and already a fantastic cook.  Get in line girls! He’s going to hate that I wrote that.  Giggle!_Y7A0143Add your fresh pasta to a pot of salted boiling water.  It’s tricky to say how long because it depends on how thick you make your pasta.  This took about 8 minutes.  We like it al dente.  When cooked toss it in your favorite sauce.  This is not a low calorie dish but one of our favorites! _Y7A0181Our favorite sauce, like most dishes I make, can be changed up many ways.

Here’s how we did it tonight…

2 TBS olive oil in a skillet

Add 1/2 brick of Philadelphia cream cheese

salt and pepper

Add 2 cloves of garlic chopped

Simmer and stir with a whisk to melt cheese.

Add 1 C half and half  (because that’s what I had in the fridge) keep whisking.

1C FRESHLY grated parmesan cheese

Add 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley.

Keep whisking

Add one or two Tbs of the pasta water.

Add drained pasta to the sauce and toss.

Serve and enjoy! fresh pasta @tableanddishCheck back and let us know how yours turned out!_Y7A0213


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