Home-made Pasta

My philosophy has always been that if you cook from scratch you will not only be eating more healthily but your food bill will also reduce dramatically. One of the best examples of this is home-made pasta. You can buy dried or fresh in the supermarket for reasonably cheap these days but if you want to really see the benefits to your bank you need to make your own, from scratch. So read on for a fool proof home-made pasta recipe that will have you laughing all the way to the bank.

I know, I know, you don’t believe that it can really be that cheap – Asda’s cheapest bag of dried pasta is just 30p for 500g! But when you realise that home-made pasta only requires TWO ingredients (which I guarantee you will already have in your house) AND it’s FUN to make, why wouldn’t you give home-made pasta a try?!

You’ll notice I have a rather sexy duck egg blue pasta maker on my side, but if you’re thinking about not reading any further because you don’t own one, don’t panic. My recipe for Home-made Pasta can be made entirely from hand. It takes a bit longer, and a bit more man power but I promise that all you need is a rolling pin. (Failing that something round and heavy…like a glass).

Another fab thing about making your own pasta (apart from how fun it is), is that you can make a big batch, freeze it or keep it in the fridge. Have I convinced you how great home-made pasta is yet? If not, this simple recipe certainly will.

Home-made Pasta

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. After weighing out your flour, sift it into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
  2. Crack your five eggs into the well and begin to work the flour into the eggs by hand.
  3. Bring a little bit of egg in from the sides of the well at a time. You will end up with a rather sticky big ball of dough.
  4. The next step is to knead this. As you would with bread on a floured surface.
  5. Be careful not to use so much flour it dries out but you need enough to stop it sticking!
  6. Once it has been kneaded, cut it into manageable sizes and flatten.
  7. This then needs feeding through the pasta machine!
  8. You need lots of hands for this so best to find a helper!
  9. Repeat this, folding the pasta each time, and slowly changing the settings on the machine until it is thin - you need to get it down to the lowest setting on your machine.
  10. Use the settings on the pasta machine to make spaghetti or tagliatelle. Alternatively use as lasagne sheets or use to make raviolli.
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Those eagle eyed mathematicians among us will have noticed that this recipe easily divides by 4 so the recipe is easily adjustable depending on the number of people you are cooking for. So stop making excuses and try your hand at home-made pasta today!

Here are some fun ideas from sauces to whole meals where you can use your home-made pasta:

  • Creamy Artichoke Pasta Sauce with Pesto
  • Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Sauce
  • Baked Pasta Florentine
  • Butternut Squash with Pine Nut and S
    Home-made Pasta

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 5 minutes

    Total Time: 35 minutes

    Serving Size: Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 400g Plain Flour
    • 4 eggs

    Instructions

    1. After weighing out your flour, sift it into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
    2. Crack your five eggs into the well and begin to work the flour into the eggs by hand.
    3. Bring a little bit of egg in from the sides of the well at a time.
    4. You will end up with a rather sticky big ball of dough.
    5. The next step is to knead this. As you would with bread on a floured surface.
    6. Be careful not to use so much flour it dries out but you need enough to stop it sticking!
    7. Once it has been kneaded, cut it into manageable sizes and flatten.
    8. This then needs feeding through the pasta machine! You need lots of hands for this so best to find a helper!
    9. Repeat this, folding the pasta each time, and slowly changing the settings on the machine until it is thin - you need to get it down to the lowest setting on your machine.
    10. Use the settings on the pasta machine to make spaghetti or tagliatelle.
    11. Alternatively use as lasagne sheets or use to make raviolli.
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