How to make fresh pasta
Today we are talking about how to make fresh pasta , because if you have ever tried fresh pasta you will know how little it has to do with the traditional dry pasta that we are used to, it surpasses it in every way.
But if, in addition, this fresh pasta is homemade and freshly made , we raise another level of taste and pleasure. Fresh homemade pasta not only has a different consistency and more flavor on its own, but it absorbs the flavors of sauces and sides much better.
Fresh pasta can be made at home with various utensils , which relieve us more or less work:
- By hand and stretching it with a roller , as the genuine Italian standards did.
- With a homemade pasta machine , a simple gadget that refines and refines the pasta dough and even cuts it into various shapes.
- With a pasta maker accessory , like the one that can be attached to the KitchenAid machine.
The fresh pasta recipe
The fresh pasta dough is a very simple dough, because in its simplest version it only contains eggs and durum wheat flour (not just any flour will do), in a proportion of 220 g of flour for every 2 medium eggs (or whatever it is the same, 110gr of flour per egg that you introduce), as the Simili sisters show us in the book Pasta Fresca .
This book is a classic of Italian cuisine and an essential guide to get started with the preparation of genuine Italian pasta, which we highly recommend. The book is delicious to read because it seems that your Italian grandmother is explaining everything to you.
This dough, which after mixing the ingredients is very coarse, must be refined by flattening it with a rolling pin and folding it repeatedly, but this refinement can be done very comfortably with a fresh pasta machine .
Book "Fresh pasta" by the Simili sisters and Imperia machine (step by step of fresh pasta with truffle butter )
The homemade pasta machine
A pasta maker, such as the Imperia machine , consists of two smooth rollers that not only refine the prepared dough, which must be repeatedly passed through them until it has the required fineness and thickness, but can also cut the dough into form of noodles, spaghetti, etc.
In addition, the process of making pasta with this manual machine that works with a crank attracts the little ones, who should always be involved in the kitchen.
The machine is attached to the work table with a vise and the dough is repeatedly passed through it, until the desired thickness is obtained. It has an accessory to cut the pasta in the form of spaghetti (2 mm) or fettucine (6.5 mm). You can see how it works in our recipe for fresh pasta with truffle butter .
If we are not going to consume all the pasta immediately, it is convenient to let it dry, for which there are some very cute pasta dryers of the same brand.
With the pasta maker you can also prepare simple sheets to make lasagna or even to use in ravioli, like the ones you can make with this simple ravioli mold set with roller included . You can also make the ravioli without a mold, cutting them with a ravioli cutter or cut the pasta sheets in the shape of tagliatelle with decorated edges with this roller cutter .
As you can see, the equipment needed to make fresh pasta is simple and manual, except for the KitchenAid pasta accessory. And you do not know the gustirrinín that gives to make your own fresh pasta. But above all, what gives more pleasure is that the result is magnificent. We leave you two last suggestions for dishes with fresh pasta from the blog, some beet tagliatelle with gorgonzola sauce and some fettucine with aubergine and cherry tomatoes .
Llevo un tiempo haciendo pasta fresca en casa siguiendo todos vuestros consejos, pero me canso bastante con la manivela, por lo que he pensado en hacerme con un motor para la maquina.
Mi duda es, los motores son universales y sirven para cualquier maquina?
Muchas gracias Pedro, me alegro que todo llegara bien. Saludos!
Cumple con lo esperado. El pedido, como siempre excelente.