have you ever tried to make your own pasta?
it's really easy and only requires three ingredients! not to mention, if you are on a budget, this is a really cheap recipe and also filling.
it can also be really impressive if you are cooking for others because 95% of the people i know buys it premade. i'm not a total DIY evangelist; "do what's simple and good!" is my motto. hell, my pops is a professional chef and his favorite thing is frozen corn dogs. i just thought i'd give pasta making a try for fun. hope you'll give it a try too! let me know if your experience was as fun as mine. :)
you can find all the pictures on my flickr in this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/synonyme_c/sets/72157634950973918/
put 2 c flour in a bowl*
add ~ 1/2t salt
make a little well in the middle of the flour and add 2 eggs
* traditionally, you make this on a board or counter. yes, just pour the flour on the counter. well, i'm messy and microbiologist don't approve of raw eggs and flour on the counter so i'm using a bowl. but suit yourself, eh? ;)
use a fork, start beating the eggs in the middle, combining the flour slowly
it comes together quite quickly
when it's getting firm, flour your counter** and start kneading
** again, i don't do the counter thing, especially because i have a speckled counter and you can't see how clean (or dirty) it really is. i went for a large tray, with some plastic wrap so it's not so hard to clean up.
i actually have a Pasta Queen but i looked in the box, saw a C-Clamp and rollers and blades and decided that was too much work to set up. i'm a blood gal, i ain't no engineer!
instead i rolled it out by hand. make sure you flour it in between!
rolling thinner is better, they puff up a little when you cook it.
i cut linguine size pasta, you can go thinner or thicker strips. i think this recipe would make great won ton pi as well! depending how big the sheet you are cutting from, a pizza cutter is a better cutting tool than a knife. i like to use a 8" utility so it was a bit difficult on the bigger pieces. the pizza cutter idea, i rightfully attribute to @wild_twinkies .
flour everything in between! the dough is very stretchy, if you don't flour it gets hard to work with. this is when i started wishing i used the Pasta Queen. :/
pretty soon you have a nice little bowl of pasta!
boil in salted water
then finish it in a skillet with your favorite ingredients and sauce. i chose to dine on marinara sauce with frozen chopped spinach, mushrooms
^ these are from chinatown
what ever you are adding, don't forget salt and pepper, and top with parmesan or mozarella cheese.
hey, don't forget to feed your ears, too. :)