Finally put this special handmade Christmas gift to use and decided to make Homemade Pasta with a machine. In the past, making pasta was difficult without the proper tools. However, with a drying rack there is less frustration with the Homemade Pasta not sticking together. In this recipe, I will share how to make your own pasta that can be used for numerous recipes.
Published March 8, 2022
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Handmade Pasta Drying Rack
Tyler and Matthew made me this amazing pasta drying rack for Christmas. There were a few reasons why it was not used until now, some including a kitchen vent hood redo and a microwave dying and being replaced: thus, leading to a vent hood change. Once the new microwave was hooked up with a shelf above, this pasta rack can be placed above as an amazing showcase in the kitchen. So, this week I busted out the drying rack to make Homemade Pasta with a Machine.
For dinner this week we had chicken noodle soup, and I have already blogged the recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and From Scratch Chicken Stock. Check those out for the full recipes by clicking the links below.
Semolina Flour to make Pasta
Making Homemade Pasta out of Semolina flour is really easy while most of the time is used in rolling the pasta out. The one brand of Semolina Flour that I have found and used so far is Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour. It is the best product to get an authentic Homemade Pasta with a Machine. When added to soup, the pasta noodles do not break down or become mushy. In fact, we are now three days after making the pasta in chicken noodle soup and the pasta is still firm.
I find this brand of flour specific for Homemade Pasta at a local store, but I have been looking into buying it in bulk from Amazon. The last two times I have gone around stores trying to find this flour, the stores have been sold out. When I am wanting to make pasta from scratch and I cannot find it in a store, it gets frustrating. Buying in bulk online seems like the way to go, plus, this box of four is on sale right now.
On the package of Semolina Flour, there is a fantastically easy recipe for a basic Homemade Pasta. This is the recipe that I have always followed when trying to make pasta. I have never had it not work out and I can only learn more how to do it properly. My goal this year is to try to make spaghetti noodles that do not stick together! This custom-built pasta drying rack should help a ton.
I seriously loved how easily the pasta, when just rolled and cut, was able to rest on the dowels. After only an hour or so, the pasta was starting to stiffen and become hard and dry. When the soup was ready to have the pasta added, the Homemade Pasta came off of the drying rack without sticking. Once the pasta was off of the rack, I was then able to break the pasta noodles into smaller sizes for our chicken noodle soup.
Cost to make Homemade Pasta
2 Tbsp oil $0.06
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour $4.47
2 eggs $0.54
1/2 tsp salt $0.01
The cost to make this recipe for Homemade Pasta cost $5.08.
That may seem like a high cost, but for homemade fresh pasta, it is quite reasonable.
Basic Pasta Recipe
Ingredients for Homemade Pasta
2 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp water
Homemade Pasta Recipe Directions
1. On a clean and dry surface, measure out Semolina flour and place on the work surface.
2. Add 1/2 tsp salt to the flour and mix to combine making a well in the center like a volcano.
3. Place 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp oil in the well of the Semolina Flour.
4. Combine all ingredients with a fork or your hands until a stiff dough forms. To start, I used a fork to mix the eggs into the other liquids and slowly blended into the flour. Once the liquids were mostly absorbed, I used my fingers to gently form the dough.
5. Knead dough for 10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This can take some elbow grease! Really get in there and work the dough to help develop the gluten. At first, the dough will be hard to knead, but keep going the full 10 minutes. Once the dough ball is ready, there should be no dry edges or cracked areas on the dough ball.
6. Wrap the dough in a towel or place in a plastic bag. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. A sandwich bag is the perfect size to hold one basic pasta dough ball.
7. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and place one half back into the bag. If you leave the dough ball rest out of the bag it can dry out very fast. I used a knife and a bench scraper to divide the dough through this process.
8. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness or use a pasta machine to roll out and cut your dough.
I used a pasta machine and cut the dough in half, flattening it slightly so it can process in the machine. Start at level 1 and go in stages to level 9, which is the thinnest pasta setting.
We bought this CucinaPro Pasta Machine last year and absolutely love it! The price is crazy reasonable, especially compared to buying the KitchenAid pasta attachments.
9. Once the Homemade Pasta is rolled into a sheet, run it through the linguini setting on the Pasta Machine if using for a thicker pasta noodle.
Then carefully lay the pasta strips on the drying rack. Some of the sheets of pasta were too odd shaped to run through the pasta machine well enough to be awesomely long sheets of pasta. Some were only two inches long while only a small amount were 8-10 inches long. In the end it did not matter because the pasta was broken up to 1–2-inch pieces for the chicken noodle soup.
10. To cook the Homemade Pasta, place it in the simmering soup and let cook for 2-7 minutes depending on thickness. After we ate dinner, I realized the pasta would have been much easier to eat had the pieces been under 1 1/2 inch long. Hindsight is a difficult thing.
Serve soup and enjoy!
Homemade Pasta Recipe
Homemade Pasta with a Machine for Chicken Noodle Soup
- Rolling Pin
- Pasta Machine
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- On a clean and dry surface, measure out Semolina flour and then place it on the work surface.
- Add 1/2 tsp salt to the flour and then mix to combine.
- Make a well in the flour, like a volcano in the center, and then place 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp oil.
- Combine all ingredients with a fork or your hands until a stiff dough forms.
- Knead dough for 10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Wrap the dough in a towel or place in a plastic bag, then rest the dough in the bag for 20 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and then place one half back into the bag.
- Roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness or use a pasta machine to roll out and then cut your dough.
- I used a pasta machine and cut the dough in half, flattening it slightly so it can process in the machine. Do this by starting at level 1 and then go in stages to level 9, which is the thinnest pasta setting.
- Run the Homemade Pasta sheets through the pasta machine, then carefully lay the pasta strips on the drying rack.
- To cook the pasta, place it in the simmering soup and let cook for 2-7 minutes depending on thickness.
- Serve soup and enjoy!
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