Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day 6: Making homemade "macaroni"

It was rainy today and we had nothing to do, so we did what any self-respecting Italian does: we made homemade pasta.

Max, Vito and I packed up the car and headed over to macaroni headquarters: my in-laws' house. We were going to spend the day with Max's grandfather, also known as 'the Big Guy'!

There is some good boxed macaroni you can buy (we're a Barilla family), however, there's nothing better than the taste of homemade. And it's easy!

Here's the recipe we used:

Fresh Pasta


3 cups flour
4 large eggs
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil


Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until dough starts to come together. If dough is too dry, add a SMALL amount of water (we used egg whites because we had them on hand). Dough will start to resemble pellets and then start to come together in a large ball. At that point, dump the dough onto a mat with flour and smooth into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit at least 30 minutes (we let it sit for an hour).

Run dough through pasta maker and cut to desired shape.

We used 3 eggs (instead of 4) because we were using duck eggs which are larger. 
We got them from my neighbor (who owns 8 ducks)…you know, totally normal.

Pulse all the ingredients together until they come together.

Form together and smooth into a ball

Wrap in plastic and let rest at least 30 minutes (we waiting a little over an hour).

The peanut gallery: Max,


and Dino.

Once dough has rested, cut into small pieces and shape into discs. 

Run discs through the pasta attachment and start to flatten and thin.
We start on number 1 and run it through up to number 6. 

Place the pasta on a covered, flat surface to dry. We used a table, but my great 
grandmother used her bed, and my mother has used her clothes drying rack. 

While pasta dries, take a break to snuggle Max. 

Mr. Macaroni himself! The Big Guy in action!
Today we did the wide noodle, which is a little thinner 
than traditional pappardelle. 

The pasta now needs to dry for a few days (which I'm sure made using the bed as a drying space rather difficult!).

We'll be having ours Saturday night for dinner for date night.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I have never made my own pasta. I probably should do this at some point. It looks like I could manage it, so I will give it a try one day! :)

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