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Recipe: Making Pasta With Your KitchenAid

My KitchenAid is literally my best friend in my kitchen. It's another pair of hands. It's allowed me to expand my cooking capabilities endlessly and effortlessly. Can you tell how much I love it yet? I really do and now I could not be without it. I've previously posted a recipe on how I make pastry with my KitchenAid. I love being able to whip up shortcrust delicious pastry just like that. One of our favourite family dinners is a Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tart with my very own handmade pastry.

My KitchenAid is my most used kitchen accessory by a long shot. It was a Christmas gift from my husband J and when he gave it to me he also gave me some attachments for making pasta. Pasta is never something I've ever thought to make from scratch so those babies went away to the back of my cupboard with the intention to use them 'one day'.



Last week was the week I decided I was going to do it. I can't believe it's taken me so long. It did take time but it was so therapeutic. I'll put it out there, making pasta may become my 'me' time. I love it! Eating fresh pasta is so delicious and feels so much more rewarding than dry pasta. If you're thinking about doing it, go for it! Hopefully you will love it as much as I did.


I imagine this is something that once you've done it a few times you will get quicker at it. For me in between making the dough, chilling time, dealing with a waking toddler, running the sheets through way more times than it probably needed, and cutting time the whole process took about 2.5 hours.

A fresh pasta recipe is so simple and can be easily adjusted depending on how many people you want to feed. It's simply 100 grams of flour to 1 egg with a touch of oil.  This recipe portion would be enough for 3-4 pasta servings.



Fresh Pasta using KitchenAid Recipe
3-4 servings


Ingredients
  • 300g 00 grade plain flour (extra for rolling)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small bowl beat eggs and combine with oil
  2. Sift flour and add to KitchenAid mixing bowl. Attach to the machine and add egg mixture. Mix with the flat paddle on speed setting 2 until combined.
  3. Once combined use the dough hook and knead for 5-8 minutes. After kneading the pasta should have formed a ball and not be too sticky.
  4. Wrap the pasta dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Once chilled, divide the dough into four pieces.
  6. Undo the screw on the top right hand side of the KitchenAid, take out the round guard and connect the pasta rolling attachment. Make sure its secure and rescrew.
  7. Sprinkle some plain flour across your worktop, take one of the pieces of pastry and use a rolling pin to make it as flat as possible.
  8. Turn the dial on the pasta attachment to setting 2 (this determines the thickness) and the speed setting on your kitchenaid to 2 then run your pasta dough portion through the pasta roller. Fold the pasta sheet three times, run it through the roller again. Repeat this step 3-4 times.
  9. Next is to get the pasta sheet the thickness you want. Keep running your pasta sheet through the roller and adjust the thickness setting on the attachment. I used setting 4 for my pasta but I think next time I want to try it slightly thinner so I'll increase the setting to 5 or 6.
  10. Once you are happy with the thickness place to the side and repeat this process with all of your pasta dough portions.
  11. Once you have completed this, it's your choice as to how you want to cut it. You could use these sheets for lasagne or any type of stuffed pasta.
  12. To make tagliatelle attach the tagliatelle cutter to the KitchenAid and run each portion through one more time. This will cut it and you pasta is ready.
  13. Hang your pasta until it's ready to be cooked. To cook boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for 4 minutes initially, try it, then keep cooking in one minute intervals until you are happy with it.




How To Take Your Pasta Attachment Off Your KitchenAid
I searched high and low to find out how to do this and it took me time and frustration to get it off. Not even my trusty google was able to tell me so I wanted to make a special note to be really clear on how you do this. You need to undo the screw and then slide the handle at the back that unlocks your actual KitchenAid. This will also unlock the attachment.



There are so many ways you can make pasta and after seeing this really helpful pasta shape guide from Jamie's Italian I'm so excited to get creating!


Enjoy!

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Kat x

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10 comments

  1. This just looks so much better than the stuff you buy in the shops and that is before I have even tasted it x

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    1. It is sooo good! And so much more satisfying, eating it and knowing that you've made it with your very own hands x

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  2. oh this sounds so fab! I've never made pasta from scratch but with this it looks so easy

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    1. It's so much easier that I thought. The KitchenAid does help but even without one it would be pretty straightforward with a pasta roller and cutter x

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  3. Looks and sounds great! I've never thought to try making pasta before but it sounds much easier than I imagined. #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. It really is! I can't wait to make it again x

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  4. Wow how yummy does that look! I've always wanted a kitchen aid but sadly my hints have gone un noticed! Great read! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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    1. Haha keep hinting, you never know! It worked for me :) x

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  5. Ohhh I really want a pasta machine, unfortunately I can't eat wheat or gluten and it seems like too much of a challenge to make free from pasta from scratch! I love your marble cutting board :) #TwinklyTuesday www.hellonancy.co.uk

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    1. Awww that must be a challenge for you. I think it would be difficult because particular flours work better when you are making it from scratch. I love my marble board too. It's one of my prized possessions haha :) x

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