Pasta seems like such an easy dish to make. Pre-made pasta cooked with water in a pot - it's a simple dinner to make. Except, is it really? There are so many kinds of pastas, different pasta dishes, and various preferences in how tender or firm your pasta should be.
These variances are important to grasp when learning to make the perfect pasta. You need to have the right pot, plenty of water, and not too much salt. Once your water is rolling into a boil, you need to add your pasta - but if you don't keep stirring, you might end up with pasta that sticks together or, worse, sticks to the bottom and sides of your pot! Strain your pasta and it's ready to go, either plain or in combination with other delicious ingredients. Below, we will detail some pasta recipes for making your own amazing dinner creation!
Making Your Own Pasta Recipe
Do you want to learn how to make your own pasta from scratch? It's not as hard as it seems, and it creates the most delicious dish. Here's how you can do it:
1. First, start your dough by mixing 1/2 a teaspoon of salt with 2 cups of flour in a fairly large bowl. By pressing a well into the center of the flour, you can add 3 large eggs with a single tablespoon of olive oil.
2. Second, you need to starting kneading! Whisk together you ingredients until the dough is thick, then knead it until the dough is a smooth and firm ball.
3. Next, the dough needs to rest. Wrap it in some plastic and let it sit 30 minutes.
4. Divide and roll the dough once it has rested. You can quarter it then roll it flat, using dustings of flour as needed.
5. Once the dough is as thin as possible, slice it and separate the pasta pieces.
6. Enjoy! Now you can either cook your pasta, freeze it in a bag, or dry it. Drying it is simple: merely lay out the strands over a chair or hanger until brittle, then box.
Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
- 1.5T olive oil
- 2 minced cloves of garlic
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- 0.5 cup dry red wine
- 2 crumbled beef bouillon cubes
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 2T tomato paste
- 2t sugar
- 2t Worcestershire sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 sprigs thyme
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- Serve along with 13 oz of spaghetti
1. Heat the oil over a medium heat temperature to slightly brown onion and garlic, then increase the heat to a higher level so you can add the beef to the mix. Once the meat has thoroughly browned, add the red wine and simmer the entire concoction for one minute.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the salt/pepper and stir them well. Simmer all of these ingredients together, then reduce the heat until the sauce produces a slightly slow bubble. Cook 20 to 30 minutes without a lid on the sauce, stirring occasionally, and add water if the base thickens too much.
3. Season to taste with the salt/pepper, then serve over your spaghetti. If possible, try tossing your sauce into the pasta for a more thorough coverage. Then serve your dish with some optional cheese on top and enjoy!
Fettucine Alfredo Recipe
- 24oz dry fettucine
- 1c butter
- 3/4 pint of heavy cream
- 1 dash of garlic
- 3/4c Romano cheese, grated
- 3/4c Parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt/pepper to taste
1. Start by taking a large pot of water. Salt it and bring the pot to a boil. Next, add your dry fettuccine and cook the pasta for about 8 to 10 total minutes. The pasta should be al dente. Once the pasta is finished, turn off the heat, drain the pasta, and set it aside.
2. Next, take a large saucepan to start the sauce. Start by melting the butter in the heavy cream while stirring the ingredients over a fairly low heat. Add some salt and pepper to taste, then add the dash of garlic. Stir all of these well. When it's combined, mix in both types of cheese while the pan is increased to a medium heat. Keep doing the stirring until the cheese is completely melted. The sauce at this point should be thickened.
3. Finally, add your pasta to the sauce so that all the sauce is used and the pasta is coated well. Serve as soon as you've completed this step and enjoy!
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 potatoes
- 1 egg
1. Making gnocchi is easier than you might realize! Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil with a little bit of salt. Take your two potatoes and peel them. Once peeled, add them to the boiling water. Cook the potatoes until they are tender but maintain some firmness still. This typically takes 15 minutes. When done, drain the potatoes, cool them, and mash them with either a potato masher or a fork.
2. Mix the 1 cup of mashed potatoes you just made with your flour and your egg in a large bowl. The dough needs to be kneaded until it creates a ball. Roll pieces of this dough out into "snakes". Flour a surface, put the snakes on that, then cut them into 1/2-inch pieces.
3. Boil yet another slightly salted large pot of water. Take the gnocchi you've made, drop them in the water, and cook them for between 3 and 5 minutes until they rise to the top of the water. Drain them when done, serve them plain or with sauce, and enjoy the fact that you just made your own gnocchi!