One of my Christmas gifts was a set of pasta plates for my KitchenAid stand mixer. I’ve read mixed reviews about the pasta plates, and I’m unsure how I feel about them. When the pasta comes out, it immediately sticks together, and it’s hard and time-consuming to peel each noodle apart one by one. It took me a long time to process half of the dough from the recipe; the other half is sitting in my fridge – I’m unsure whether or not I’ll be using it.
Another downside to the plates is that they’re hard to clean (poor Stas!).
But the upside is that it was very cool to have made my own pasta… it’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile.
And it was very tasty!
Basic Pasta Dough
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
Make a mound with the flour and use your fingers to create a well in the center. Crack the eggs into the well, and add the salt and olive oil. Using a fork, carefully whisk the eggs, slowly drawing in some of the surrounding flour. Once the eggs are whisked, use the fingertips of one hand to swirl the egg in a circular motion, continuing to draw in flour until it is fully combined. If the dough is too stiff or crumbly, add a small amount of water; if it is too wet, add a small amount of flour. Knead the dough for 7-10 minutes, divide into 4 pieces, and cover them loosely with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for 30-60 minutes.
(Now the dough is ready for your pasta press)
To cook the pasta, add it to salted boiling water and boil for3-5 minutes.