This past weekend I decided to give homemade pasta an old college try. My mom is quite the pro at homemade pasta, so I think I’ve always been intimated by some big shoes to fill. But now that I’ve tried it on my own, I can’t believe I waited as long as I did. The effort is totally worth it. Yes, it takes more time but sometimes you just need to slow it down, enjoy the process and pull off a nice dinner.
I chose a whole wheat pasta recipe, both because it seems more nutritious and also because of its slightly-rustic tasting flavor. The texture had a little bit of a bite to it and it cooked to a perfect al dente.
And, before people who know me ask….I did not use the fancy pasta maker that attaches to my stand mixer. I know, I know, it was a gift, I already have it and it would have been easier. Trust me, I definitely see its benefits now that I’ve been through one go around.
But for my first time making homemade pasta, I wanted it to be a more authentic experience. And let’s be honest here: rolling out dough is a good outlet for any stress and tension. I liked the simplicity and sense of accomplishment in making homemade pasta without any fancy equipment.
I used this recipe from a blog I follow, Sugarlaws, and followed her technique as well. She’s very smart about the process and has some great advice about resting the dough in between rolling it out. I also just think she’s a very talented blogger, so it’s worth checking out.
It’s definitely a great standard recipe to have on hand and not at all difficult. And especially since you really only need a rolling pin, it’s something I definitely recommend trying at least once. It’s nice knowing you can make something out of the ordinary – with or without any special equipment.
Have you tried making homemade pasta? Did you opt for a pasta-making machine or go for a more DIY method?