How To Make Your Own Pasta

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We always think of homemade noodles as old-fashioned. They taste so good, but only something Grandma made.

They really don’t take much time to make. In fact, you can make a big batch and freeze some of them for another time.

The only ingredients you will need is an egg, salt, a little water, and some flour. The type of flour is up to you. Mostly I use all-purpose white, but I have also made noodles with wheat flour.

You will also need a small bowl, a fork, a cup measure, measuring spoons, a knife and a rolling pin.

To start off, break the egg into the bowl and add about a tablespoon of water and a teaspoon of salt. Mix well with a fork. To that add a cup of flour and mix with fork. You may need to add some additional flour to make the dough very stiff.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly, just til dough is stretchy.

Now, if you have a pasta machine, you can use that to roll out and cut your noodles. If you do have one of those, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

To do it the old-fashioned way: get out the rolling pin. Sprinkling the area liberally with flour, roll the dough out a thin as you can. Make sure to sprinkle with more flour as needed and to turn the dough over occasionally.

When you have the dough rolled out like you like it, now it is time to cut your noodles.

If you are looking to make lasagna noodles, just cut wide strips at the length you want.

If you want to make ravioli, you need to cut the dough into two inch wide strips  . On half of the strips add any filling you desire. Go here for some ideas for fillings. You add a teaspoon filling every couple inches. Next, wet down the areas around the filling so that when you put the other strips on top and press around the filling the edge of dough will stick together. To finish the ravioli, cut into squares.

Now, to cut plain noodles: cut your dough into quarters, flour and than stack. Cut top to bottom, flour and stack those together. Next, take your knife and cut into narrow strips. When you are done, run your hands through the noodles to separate them. Some stick even with plenty of flour, so pay special attention to them.

When you are done, spread the noodles out to dry.

If you are planning to freeze them, leave them out for a several hours to dry.

Or to cook right away, just let them rest while you get your water ready to cook them.

Bring a large pot of water or broth to a rolling boil and add your noodles or ravioli. Add them slowly, stirring as you do so they will not stick together. Fresh noodles cook fast and are done when they float to the surface. That only takes a few minutes.

If they have been allowed to dry for several hours, they may take up to ten minutes to cook.

Now all that is left is to finish the dish how you wish and enjoy.

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