Making your Own Pasta in Four Simple Steps
Try these four simple steps to make your own fresh pasta and have fun while doing it.
Making pasta can be a fun and educational family activity that will not only teach your kids a life lesson that they won’t soon forget, but will also have everyone covered in flour from head to toe and laughing the night away while collaboratively creating a delicious dish of your choice.
Start off by weighing how much flour you are going to need, and eventually knead (sorry, we had to), and pour it out onto a counter surface in your kitchen. Use your fingers to make a whole in the center of the flour pile, and crack two whole eggs and four egg yolks into the middle of your ‘well’.
Step 2 – Mix and Knead
With a fork, start moving bits of flour into the egg and start whisking it up. Keep adding flour and whisking until you are forced to stop using a fork and start using your hands. Now it’s time to knead. We aren’t going to lie, this part can be a real pain, but in the end it is totally worth it. With the balls of your hand, press the dough into the table with a forward motion. Keep doing this until the dough is smooth to the touch.
Top tip: Get your kids to help – two pairs of hands are always better than 1.
Step 3 – Roll and Cut it
After letting your dough rest for an hour in cling wrap, whip out your rolling pin and let out all that pent up energy with some real rolling power. Cut your ball of dough into 4 pieces, and roll out each individual ball until they are flat. Fold your flattened piece of dough in half and repeat the rolling process until your piece of dough is as thin as you want your pasta to be. The next step is to cut your pasta into the shape and thickness that you want.
Step 4 - Cooking
This is the easy part; simply place your newly created pasta into a boiling pot of water and let it boil for no longer than three minutes. ‘’Why for such a short amount of time?’’ we hear you ask – fresh pasta takes considerably less time to cook than dried pasta.
Top tip: Allow your kids to each throw a piece of your cooked pasta against the wall; if it sticks, it’s done (just make sure they clean it off the wall afterwards).