Some foods, like homemade bread, are more than just “cooking” and can be more like therapy.
Pasta is like this.
I was raised in a family where pasta was considered junk food, needless carbohydrates (obviously, we are not Italian or Asian!).
In Colombia, the starch of choice is rice and various tropical starch crops like the ever delicious yuca (cassava root to Americans).
To shake things up and also to get some of that food therapy, I make homemade pasta on occasion.
If you are interested in truly wholesome and healthy pasta, consider the sprouted whole wheat pasta I made in this post – Homemade Sprouted Whole Wheat Pasta.
That recipes takes days so its for the organized cook!
Sometimes you just want some delicious fresh pasta with little hassle and thats not hard.
You can choose to do it all by hand or you can use a food processor. I show the use of a processor here.
You can add additional nutrition (quickly) by using spinach puree, carrot puree, or other amendments to change the color and flavor.
Homemade Egg Pasta
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 large eggs (we used eggs from our chickens)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 – 4 tablespoons water (depends on dryness of your flour and size of your eggs)
Put all ingredients (except water) into your food processor.
Turn it on and let it go until you get smallish pea like dough.
You want it to have some body and for it to stick together when you pinch it.
I didnt add water until after I had dumped this mix out. I didnt want the water to overly activate the gluten formation in the dough (that leads to toughness!).
Bring the dough together and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. Knead dough for some 10 minutes to get it as smooth as you can. Mine was still a bit on the rough side but I went ahead to the next step.
Put this dough into a baggie or wrap in plastic and let sit at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes.
Once the dough has rested, cut into 4 pieces and roll out each piece while the rest is still under wraps. Roll it out as thin as you possibly can. You can also use a pasta machine!
I cant use mine because it has polymer clay stuck in it :-(.
Once rolled out, cut it as you like. I cut ours into a fettuccine sort of noodle. I am sure an Italian grandma would beat me about the head and shoulders and throw me out of the kitchen if she saw this but, hey, she never met my grandma nor made arepas either.
I use a pizza cutter to make my pasta strips. My 6 yo and my 3 yo helped me cut it all up. They loved helping out.
Hang up these dough strips while you roll out and cut the other balls.
Next its into salted boiling water.
Boil it until it has the texture YOU like.
Have your sauce and meat (we chose sausages) warming and ready to serve.
Serve and add some Parmesan if you like.