Since Mr C. got me my Kitchen Aid device, I discovered there a so many things more this machine can do. Got myself the pasta-making part for our KA recently as our local Cookery shop did some promotion on loads of their things.
Making fresh homemade pasta is as simple as 1 + 1 makes 2.
All you need is wheat flour and eggs and a pinch of salt.
The (semolina) flour needs to be type 00.
I've tried out making several doughs but the best amount is to work with 300g flour, 3 eggs and salt.
You have to knead the ingredients for 10/15 minutes (when it looks elastic, it's ok) and then leave it to rest for another 10 minutes underneath a humid cloth (preferably in a bowl).
After 10 minutes of rest you can spread the dough out with a rolling pin or pasta machine until you obtain a sheet of pastry with a desired thickness.
I rolled little balls, the size of walnuts and threw them 1 by 1 in my pastry container to finally see rigatoni shaped pasta coming out of the machine.
I left them to dry on a teacloth and that same evening boiled them in salted water for 7 minutes max.
The all dente rigatonis had full flavor ; a thick floury taste but without the disadvantage of that 'heavy on the stomach' feeling.
It's ever so true what the Italians say about food ; it's all about love !
|the machine doing it's work|