I hope you all had a great Easter yesterday! Me and the hubs went to church and then came home and spent the day watching re-runs of Game of Thrones to get us ready for the season 3 premiere. Oh and also, I made homemade spaghetti.
We always do some sort of homemade pasta for Easter in my family. Since we are now all living all the way out in the desert, we were on our own this year. This gave me the perfect excuse to finally bust out the pasta machine we got for our wedding almost 3 years ago (oops!). I can whip out homemade manicotti shells like it is nobody’s business. When it comes to homemade spaghetti, it was always a group effort at my house so I never really had to make it on my own. It does take some time to make your own pasta, but it is so SO worth it!
You can go out and get the pasta attachment for your stand mixer. I don’t have one and while I know it would be awesome, there is something very rewarding about using a good ol’ hand crank machine. Plus, you get a little work out before eating a ton of carbs!
Oh, and yeah, you could also get yourself a pasta stand to dry your pasta, but if you want to be hard core, you use a broomstick. Yeah, that’s how we roll.
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1hour, 10 minutes
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- warm water
- sauce of your choice
- Spread the flour around in a circle and make a well on a flat surface. Crack the eggs open and place them into the well of the flour. Using your hands combine the eggs in with the flour. Add warm water by the tablespoon to help the mixture come together (yes, this is extremely messy).
- Knead it. Knead the dough until the cows come home. The dough should not be tacky. It should be nice and smooth. Knead it until it gets to that point.
- Now you need to get out your pasta attachment or machine and will follow those directions. I break my dough ball into 6 equal portions. One at a time, I roll them through to flatten and smooth the dough out. I usually roll it through about 3-5 times. Then I roll it through the pasta cutter of my choice.
- After you roll the pasta through the pasta cutter, you need to separate the pasta so it does not stick together. Place a handful of corn meal on the counter and rub the pasta into it, trying to separate the noodles with your fingers. Then lay each noodle on a pasta drying rack or on a clean broomstick until the pasta dries.
- Prepare a large pot with boiling water, add salt. Add about half of the pasta and cook for about 5 minutes or until it is cooked. Remove the cooked pasta from the pot and add to a strainer. Add the remaining pasta and cook. Strain. Top with the sauce of your choice and serve!
Many homemade pasta recipes I have seen seem to add more eggs. We have always used about 3 eggs and this makes for a lighter pasta. If you want to add more eggs, feel free to do so, it just might make your pasta more dense.