Making Fresh Homemade Pasta

My amazing husband got me a pasta roller and cutter for Christmas. I have been asking for this for three years and I was so excited. If any of you have tried homemade pasta compared to the dried pasta there is nothing better. I started off with Fettucini Alfredo. This is my first time making pasta so I think I might change a few things for next time. So if any of you that are pros at Italian food have advice I would love to hear it. This is the recipe that came with my book.

Homemade Pasta

4 large eggs

3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour

1 tbs water

1 tsp salt

I used my kitchen aid with the hook attachment and mixed all the ingredients together except the water. Then just add the water at the end if it needs to come together more. Then I dumped it all out on my counter and kneaded it for a while. Now wrap it in seran wrap and put in the fridge for a couple hours.

After it comes out of the fridge cut a fourth off, dust with flour and roll out just a little bit with a rolling pin.

Now I have the kitchen aid pasta roller, spaghetti cutter and fettuccine cutter. You can buy these attachments by clicking the link below they are amazing!!

Kitchen Aid Pasta Attachment

So now we start with the pasta roller at 1, run your pasta through a couple times and repeat these steps going all the way up to 5 you can go thinner if you prefer. Now attach your fettuccine or spaghetti cutter. This is the fun part:

I don’t know what it is about this but it is such a stress reliever. So satisfying. Only cook fresh pasta for about 2 minutes.

Alredo

1/2 stick of butter

3 cloves of garlic super finely minced I use the minced garlic in a tube so I have a really smooth Alfredo

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces Parmesan cheese

1 tsp pepper

Start with heating your butter and garlic so the garlic releases it’s flavor. Then add heavy cream. Stir for about 1 minute and add the Parmesan. This can take up to ten minutes to melt but continue to stir until you have a smooth consistency. That’s it!! Making your own Alfredo doesn’t have to be hard.

Now for spaghetti it’s even more satisfying. Do the same steps just add the spaghetti cutter.

I promise this is worth the money this is the best pasta. A friend of mine told me to add some olive oil next time to add some more flavor. I would love to here your suggestions.

Of course I had to have bruschetta as well since I’m having an italian day!

Happy Cooking!

Skillet Lasanga

My family has been so supportive of this blog and my cooking journey it has been fun to talk to them about everything I have cooked. My sister in law recently went to Kansas and brought this back for me.

She knows me so well :). She shares a love for cooking with me and we have decided to do a night of chopped (like the food network show). We will be competing against each other, so stay posted for a fun post about that.

I have a love hate relationship with lasagna. It is delicious but takes so long to make. This was the perfect alternative it was so fast. It is on page 194 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman Cookbook

Skillet Lasagna

Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Prep Time- 25 minutes

Clean up- Easy 2 pans

The recipe calls for farfalle pasta and I am using mini farfalle because let’s face it, it’s adorable.

In a skillet start browning a pound of ground beef in garlic, salt and pepper. Drain the grease off and add a jar of marinara sauce and a tbsp of Italian seasoning. The interesting thing about this recipe is it has some sour cream instead of ricotta. This made a nice creaminess. Then you just add the pasta and some fresh mozzarella, which of course I can’t find in my small town.Mix this all together and that’s it. So easy!!

I’m also getting so much more organized compared to one of my first posts.

If you put the ingredients away right after you use them cooking goes much easier and cleaner. What do you guys do to stay organized and clean when cooking?

I just made some quick grilled corn on the side. Of course I had to put it in a Pioneer Woman bowl. I love her line, check them out with this link.Pioneer Woman Bowls

Happy Cooking