I’ve been having a lot of fun making pasta at home these days. I’ve had a pasta machine for a few years now, the kind with the handle you crank. It was a great little machine, but I never found myself getting it out to use.  I’d wanted the attachment for my stand mixer for a while now, but it was pricey – and, not really something I’d buy for myself. Well, my mom and dad were really good to me this year and gave it to me for Christmas! Since then, I’ve been making pasta probably once a week. It’s been so wonderful. While dried boxed pasta is very affordable, and you can even get high-quality imported pasta at your regular grocery store now…there is just something to be said for fresh pasta.

Tender, yet firm. Finally, the term “al dente” makes sense! I’ll be honest with you guys, my first attempt was a bunk. I used the recipe that came with KitchenAid attachment instructions, and it was a complete wreck. It used 100% all-purpose flour. I had to add a considerable amount more water than the recipe called for, and it just kept tearing when I tried to roll it out. That batch ended up in the trash can. But, I didn’t give up. I turned to Annie, who can always be counted upon for a great recipe. This dough came together beautifully, rolled out beautifully, and cut beautifully. I happened to have semolina on hand from a previous trip to the “big city”, and used what I had in a couple weeks. I had to poke around a bit to find it close by, but I found it at a health food store. The 50/50 ratio of all-purpose flour to semolina is just perfect. I’m looking forward to trying some flavored pastas as well. I think I’ll mix some chopped fresh herbs into the pasta next time. With some sautéed garlic and olive oil. Perfect, simple dinner! Enjoy.

8 Comments

  1. Posted January 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful photo! Your post makes me want to buy a pasta machine tomorrow! And I just might :)

  2. Posted January 19, 2012 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

    Great post! I love those hanging pasta!

  3. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

    Gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at pasta making for a while. Much like some people have yeast fear, I’m just kind of irrationally apprehensive. :S

    What kind of dish are you going to use your lovely fresh pasta with?

  4. Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

    Thank goodness for the know-it-alls of the world, right?! Glad you enjoyed the pasta since after all, that’s what matters.

  5. Posted January 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for a pasta recipe for a meal that I promised to make a friend next week. Yours looks delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Posted January 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

    love fresh pasta, but haven’t made it in ages! do you ever add different pureed vegetables to change the color? (beets, carrots, spinach)

  7. Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    Making pasta is on my list of things to do too – my brother in law is making me a pasta drying rack and a friend sold me her pasta attachments for the kitchen aid not too long ago – so soon!

  8. Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:47 AM | Permalink

    Made this recipe for dinner on Sunday. Loved it! Ended up with 2 pounds. Something comforting knowing I have homemade pasta in the freezer. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    http://bit.ly/ynKJOF

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