Adventures in Homemade Pasta…

This past week I decided it was time to learn how to make fresh pasta. For some reason I have always been intimidated by making fresh pasta and never thought it would be truly worth all the trouble. After all pasta out of a box is great. I followed this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis, it was super easy and I love anything that can be made in a food processor.  The only hard part was kneading the pasta dough for the 5-8 minutes; it’s a definite workout for the arms.  After I let the dough rest I went to work cranking out super thin sheets of pasta with my little pasta machine.  I turned the thin sheets in to a delicious Lasagna “Mel’s Mean Green Chicken Florentine Lasagna”. Today I made pasta again and turned it in to fresh ravioli that I then froze so I have it when I need it, and tomorrow I’m thinking fresh fettuccine with grilled spicy shrimp will be on the menu….


 Fresh Pasta

 Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

SHOW: Giada at Home

EPISODE: Pasta From Scratch



 2 cups cake flour

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

4 large egg yolks, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil



Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, egg yolks and salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. With the machine running, gradually add the oil then 1/3 to 1/2 cup water until the mixture forms a dough (the dough should stick together if pinched between your fingers). If necessary, add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time if the dough is too dry.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Gather the dough into a ball and knead until the dough is smooth, 5 to 8 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough into quarters and press flat. Run each piece of pasta dough several times through a pasta-rolling machine, adjusting the setting each time, until the pasta is about 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick. Cut the pasta into the desired shape and use as needed.



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My name is Melody and I am the cook and blogger behind Meals With Mel. I have a love for traveling, I share a joy for gardening, and I have a passion for cooking. Although I do some baking, I don't consider myself a baker as I can't stand having to measure. When it comes to cooking my philosophy is add a bit of this, a dash of that, a splash of something doesn't hurt, never forget some type of pepper and always add at least one clove of garlic. Thanks for stopping by my Spicy Texas Kitchen and I hope to see you again!!! Melody

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