A few weekends ago, it was one of those days we typically hate….a washout Sunday. It’s always tough to not have a chance to enjoy the outdoors on weekends in summertime. But then I had a great idea…perhaps we should use some of our new toys from our wedding. We got a beautiful set of pasta making attachments for our KitchenAid mixer that we were anxious to use. So I suggested to Cristina that we break them out and try our hand at making some homemade whole wheat pasta! The results were phenomenal! Here’s how we made it all happen!
Serves 4 appetizer portions or 2 large dinner portions
- 1 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 TSP salt
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Begin by taking out a medium sized bowl or the bowl for your Kitchen-Aid mixer. Add all of the ingredients and use a flat beater to mix. Set to low speed or 2 and mix for 30 seconds. Exchange the flat beater for a dough hook and turn to speed 2 again for 2 minutes. Sprinkle your work surface with a light coat of flour and take the dough out of the bowl. Place on your floured surface and hand knead for another 2 minutes. Divide the dough and attach the roller attachment to your Kitchen Aid mixer.
If using the Kitchen Aid attachment, set roller to “1” or thickest setting. Turn mixer to speed 2 or 4 . Feed the flattened dough through the roller. Repeat and fold in half each time after it has gone through the roller. Lightly dust with flour to prevent dough from sticking along the way. Once this has been done several times and the dough is pliable, change setting to “2” on the roller attachment. Then pass the dough through at setting “3” and then “4′.
Now it’s time to attach the fettuccine or your desired cutter to shape and cut your fresh pasta. Feed the dough through and let it dry on a rack or towel for an hour. Once dried, you can arrange into nests for ease of storage or cooking.
To cook, place the pasta into your boiling water with both salt and a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Cook about 2 minutes or until al dente. Drain and serve immediately.
There you have it, quick fresh pasta to enjoy with good friends and (of course) good red wine!