Making fresh pasta is a lot of messy fun. The flour may be flying but the end result is so worth it. You really don’t need any special equipment to make fresh pasta, just a bowl and a rolling pin, but a food processor and a pasta machine make things so much easier.
Pasta dough recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
Food processor directions
Add all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade.
Process until the dough forms a ball.
Remove the dough from the processor and knead on your floured counter top and by hand until smooth
The dough should be slightly sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes.
Rolling the Pasta by Pasta Machine
Divide the dough into 4 sections, work with one section at a time keeping the other sections wrapped in plastic.
Sprinkle the pasta maker with a little flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.
Set your pasta machine to the widest setting, on my machine the widest setting is number 1. Flatten your dough into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick and roll through the pasta machine.
Fold the pasta into thirds and roll through the pasta machine on the widest setting. Repeat the process once more. This conditions the dough and makes it less likely to tear.
Reduce the setting on your pasta machine by one and roll the dough through. Repeat the process reducing the setting on your pasta machine by one size each time until you reach your desired thickness.
You can use these pasta sheets for lasagna or cut them into fettuccine if you like.
|Sweet potato Agnolotti filling makes about 100 agnolotti3 medium sweet potatoes about 8 ounces each
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
Roast the sweet potatoes at 350° until tender, about 1 ½ hours. Let the potatoes cool.
Dice the sweet potatoes and place into a food processor with the blade attachment
Process until smooth. Season with salt and granulated garlic. Add cream and process to combine.
The sweet potato filling can be made 2 days in advance and stored in your refrigerator.
After boiling the pasta in salted water for 2 minutes you can toss it in some browned butter and serve. I made a cream sauce with sauteed Bay scallops and wilted spinach.
|Scallops with spinach in cream sauce
1 pound fresh agnolotti
1 pound bay scallops
4 ounces spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
½ cup heavy cream
Salt and cayenne pepper (optional) to taste
Boil water . Add 2 tablespoons salt to the water. Add Agnolotti and bring the water back to a boil. Cook Agnolotti for 2 minutes. Drain
Pat the scallops dry. Chiffonade spinach (cut into 1/3 inch ribbons) Heat skillet over medium/high and add oil or butter. Sauté scallops for 2 minutes tossing to cook both sides. Stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Add cream and simmer 2 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper
Add cooked Agnolotti and serve