cooking, family, food, frugal wanna be, Saving money

Pasta Me Crazy

Since our Italian honeymoon 11 years ago, homemade pasta has been my secret longing.  Food Network chefs make it look so easy!  Surely a foodie wanna be like me could make fresh pasta.  For my recent birthday, my DH honored my dreams with a shiny, new tool for my culinary arsenal.  Boy is she a beauty!  With the two little ones napping, the newly 6-year-old and I set about on our first pasta excursion.  We needed egg noodles for mama’s homemade chicken noodle soup.  The recipe was simple: 2 and 1/2 cups flour and 3 eggs (I used 2 eggs and 2 T. egg substitute.)

After mixing, let the dough rest for 20 minutes.  Cut off a small section.  Set the pasta machine at the highest setting, 7.

Fold in 1/2 and pass through at 7 a few more times.

Continue to fold in 1/2 and pass through.  After a few times, reduce the thickness…6….5…4…etc.  My helper was the crank master!  He started telling me, “Mama it is getting too easy, you better go down a number”.  What would I do without my Little Chef?!

We separated the pasta, lightly dusted it with flour, and hung to dry for 1/2 hour.

Here is the part where you are expecting to see the finished product.  Me too.  The chicken noodle soup that I left for the babysitter ended up being such a hit, that it was all gone when I got home!  My photographic moment, missed.

Making homemade pasta loves – the money savings, the stress relief, but most importantly, the time spent with my Little Chef.  Spinach pasta is next on the agenda!

The Italian Dish

The Egg

 

 

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