I never realized how easy making homemade pasta really is until last year when I got together with a sister-in-law and we decided to put my pasta attachments for my KitchenAid to good use. If you have a pasta roller/cutter, it’s really quick but if you don’t, you can still make pasta, it will just take some more time.
First, mill your flour on the pastry setting or purchase some whole wheat pastry flour. You’ll want your flour to be fairly fine.
Once your flour is ready, all you need is eggs, salt and water.
In a medium or large bowl, mix the flour and salt together and form a well in the center of the mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together your eggs and water.
Pour the egg mixture into the well of the flour mixture and start stirring.
Stir the mixture until all the flour has mixed in and forms a ball.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. You will want to knead the dough for approximately 20 turns. Wrap the dough in either wax paper or plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
Break/cut dough into small balls. Make sure it’s manageable size and leave the rest of the dough covered so it doesn’t dry out. Take either a rolling pin or your pasta roller and roll until desired thickness. Keep it lightly floured so it doesn’t stick and tear. Take a knife or your pasta cutter and start cutting. I don’t know how easy it would be to cut spaghetti sized pasta with a knife so you might want to stick to a more fettuccine size cut.
Hang pasta to allow to dry. I have the KitchenAid Pasta Drying rack but there are the wooden racks out there, along with some other ways to dry. You’ll want to either allow the pasta to dry all the way before adding to an air tight container or allow it to partially dry before adding to the container and placing it in the freezer. If you allow it to only partially dry, wrap the cut dough to form nests before placing it in the container.
To cook the pasta, simply add the desired amount to boiling water and cook for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove and use like you would any other pasta.
- 2½ cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Make a well in the flour mixture and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and water. Pour egg mixture into the well of the flour mixture and mix well until a ball is formed.
- Place dough on a floured board and knead for 20 turns. Wrap dough in wax paper or plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Cut the dough into manageable sizes and either run through a pasta roller until smooth or roll out to desired thickness with a rolling pin.
- Cut the pasta strips into desired shapes or run through a pasta cutter and hang to dry.
- Allow pasta to dry completely and store in an air tight container or let the pasta partially dry, twist into a nest, place in an air tight container and store in the freezer.
- To cook the pasta, simply boil some water and add the desired amount of pasta. Allow it to cook for 10-12 minutes, remove from heat and drain.