28.7.09

A cooking challenge for the PriorFatGirl

Alright Jen, you want to try someone else's recipe? Well, here's one that I've been eating for the last few weeks... You might have seen the pictures...

I challenge you to make your own - HOMEMADE PASTA!!!

Okay, breathe... Breathe!! It's not hard, I promise!

From Foodnetwork.com (A recipe by Alton Brown, who is a hunk, erm, good cook)

Fresh Pasta:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • By Hand: On a clean surface make a well with the flour. In a measuring cup mix the eggs, water and oil and salt. Pour the wet mixture slowly into the flour and mix with your 2 fingers until all of the wet is incorporated. Do not force the dough to take all of the flour. If you are going to use a pasta machine to roll out the dough you may at this point form the dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to rest. If you going to roll this by hand you should knead the dough on a floured work surface for 8 to 10 minutes.

By Food Processor:

  • In the bowl of your food processor combine the flour and salt and pulse 2 to 3 times. In a liquid measuring cup whisk the eggs, water and oil. While pulsing the machine pour this mixture in a continuous stream and continue running the machine until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Follow directions above for hand rolling or machine.
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water
  • Ease of Preparation: easy


I love making it in the food processor, because it's SO easy, and you don't get egg all over your counter... And you could probably rope in Carlos to do the kneading if you were going to do the hand-rolled one.

Today, we made 3 recipes worth of dough, that we're going to roll out and cut, and dry a bit, and then freeze for easy peasy meal prep. That's the other great thing - each recipe makes 4-6 servings (4 servings = 5 pts per serving, and SO much food!!), and you can put the other (uncooked) servings in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for 2 months!! And if you serve this to guests, I promise you'll impress them!

My favorite way of serving? A little olive oil, and some parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.

So, Jen, are you up for the challenge?

5 comments:

Tundramunkie said...

yummmaY!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

whoa whoa whoa, calm down there lady! I just learned how to follow a recipe! Be easy with me! HA!

Ok, alright. Maybe I'll consider it. Step # 1, buy me a food processor or find one from a sister I can borrow. I'll be in touch, maybe next week? Great challenge, I'm up for it!

Chantel said...

Maybe next week I can handle... :p I'm glad to hear you're up for it!

Visichy said...

Sounds good. I'd like to try to make my own pasta.

Chantel said...

I totally recommend it!! It's delicious, and you get SO much pasta for not many points!