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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homemade Wheat Pasta

So literally 10 years ago, if not longer, I got this pasta maker from my best friend from high school.  I loved it.  I loved it so much, it has sat in a cabinet in several different states move by move completely unused.   But I kept it, because I definitely wanted one, and would use it.  Someday.  After making Pioneer Woman's homemade pasta, I was annoyed at the uneven thicknesses and widths I got when I cut it myself.  I saw this recipe and decided I was time to try it.

I can't believe I waited this long!! It was super easy.  I always imagined running the same sheet of dough through the machine over and over again trying to get to the right thickness.  I kept my machine on the thickest setting, and it only took one run through before I could let it go through the cutting blades.  The hand crank was fine, no big deal.

The pasta was delicious.  I wanted to make a wheat version so it would be modestly more healthy.  The dry vermouth was not noticeable to me at all- next time I might try all wine and no water.  Nor was the salt.  The first batch I made I didn't salt the water, and the second I did, with a noticeable positive difference.  The batch that sat for 5 minutes was also noticeably more al dente, in a good way.  You have to make sure to flour the dough (the small section) to help keep the cut pasta separated.  I then floured it on the plate to help keep it separate.  My daughter was watching be and kept jubilantly saying "PASTA!!!" (she's 18 months.  Pasta made it into her vocabulary early.)

The pasta maker is definitely not gathering dust anymore!

Homemade Wheat Pasta
Adapted from Confessions of a Foodie Bride who adapted from Michael Chiarello

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
6 egg yolks
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp dry white wine (or dry vermouth)
3 Tbsp water, plus more if necessary

Add dry ingredients to a food processor fitted with the dough blade. Pulse to mix. Add egg yolks, oil, and wine. Process and add water 1 tablespoon at a time just until dough forms a ball. Knead a few times, form a ball, and flatten to one inch thick. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll pasta to 1/16-inch thickness and cut as desired. (I used a pasta roller so I divided the dough in half and each half into three equal pieces before sending it through the roller a few times.)

Let the cut pasta sit for 5 minutes. Place in salted, boiling water 5 minutes to cook.

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