Homemade Pasta

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Yesterday was PASTA SUNDAY! I was so excited to try out my new pasta attachments. M thought I looked as excited to try out the pasta attachments as I did on our wedding day. It was close :-)

I may have been overly ambitious on my first attempt — I decided to make four batches — which took about 4 hours. My final batch, a spinach fettuccine, sat on the counter a little too long. When I finally got to rolling it out, it was stocking horribly and had a weird texture. I recalled something from a class I took at Sur La Table a few years ago and threw the rest of that batch of dough in the freezer to hopefully reset the glutens. We’ll see.

I started the pasta dough by using a recipe that came with the KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller Attachment for Stand Mixers. While the end product was good tastewise, I didn’t think the dough looked or felt the way I thought it should. I instead pulled out The Glorious Pasta of Italy and modified that recipe.

Egg Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 3 large eggs
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add flour and salt. Pulse to blend. Add in eggs. Slowly drizzle in 1 Tbsp of olive oil while pulsing food processor. When the dough has formed into small curds, pinch a little between your fingers. It should hold together and not feel sticky. Too sticky? Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time. Too crumbly? Add up to 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
  2. When the dough it the right consistency, turn it out onto a floured counter. Knead for a few minutes until the dough is smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, roll the pasta out following the directions for your pasta roller.
Adapted from The Glorious Pastas of Italy
Adapted from The Glorious Pastas of Italy
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M and I decided to invite both of our brothers over for a belated sibling Christmas (we still had not exchanged gifts) and since I had meatballs in the freezer, the meal came together pretty easily. I used this recipe for the sauce, made caesar salad using my mom’s dressing recipe, and meatballs from the freezer (yay for another thing gone!). I also made cheesecake for dessert, which my sister-in-law thoroughly enjoyed and even took a doggie bag home with the rest of the pie. It was a great night and a great meal!

On a personal note, a very dear family member passed away last night: my aunt Pat. She leaves behind her husband (my mom’s brother), son, step children, and three granddaughters. She was a beautiful woman who lit up the room. I have many happy memories of her, most happening around a dinner table.

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