Pasta, Another Favourite Staple Of Mine
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love pasta and why wouldn’t you?
It’s so versatile and adds beautiful texture and substance to any dish, even something as simple as a little olive oil, garlic and salt tossed with pasta, can make such a satisfying eat.
Pasta, with so many different kinds of shapes, sizes and flours available, you’re sure to find one or a few you’ll love… Add them to soups, bake it in the oven, toss in with salad or my favourite, drowning in rich tomato sauce with a little oil, garlic and nut Parmesan. Mmmmmm, so good.
It’s also one of those always a winner ingredients I know my kids will happily chow down, feeling full and satisfied.
Make your own
I often make my own, but with work getting so busy and the kids having sooooo many after school activities, “fast” and “require no washing up” ended being the go to for this busy mother of 3…
Now that I have a bit more time on my hands and the kids are a little older, I thought I’ll try making pasta again. So I donned my apron, scrambled around the kitchen cupboards looking for my dusty old pasta maker and got started.
And I just loved it!
I forgot how easy pasta is to make and how enjoyable it was, making pasta from scratch, getting your hands dirty, seeing the dough form and working the dough to make the beautiful, soft and silky long strip of pasta that will go into my rich homemade tomato sauce Mmmmm…
With cooking time under 3 mins, when you compare “homemade” with store bought, your not really worse off with time and the result is sooooo much better and satisfying.
This recipe is really simple, requiring only 3 ingredients and 1 min in the food processor, it’s never been easier.
The kids even got their hands dirty and eagerly helped with making them, so much so I just left them to rolling the rest.
See, I told you it’s really easy…
So get your hands dirty and give this easy pasta recipe a go!
Easy Egg Free Pasta Recipe
- 2 cups semolina flour sifted
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1/3 cups warm water
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz till ingredients combine and a dough forms.
Dough should be smooth and not sticky
Cut dough into 4 even pieces and set aside covered, to keep from drying out.
Let dough rest for 30 min
Gently roll one dough out to a flat disc so it easily fit into pasta machine
Sprinkle some flour on the dough and pasta machine to stop the dough from sticking
Using a pasta machine, gently slide dough through machine
Repeat process, reducing the rolling thickness until desired thickness.
Pasta sheet can be used as is for lasagne or cut into linguine or noodle pending what attachment you have.
Fresh pasta won't take long to cook. Simply cook pasta in some salted boiling water for 3-5 min
Drain pasta and add desired sauce or topping
If dough is too dry, add a little water.
If dough is too wet, add some more flour.
Pasta can be dried and stored but a bit more fiddly.
Simply, lay pasta in single layer uncovered to dry completely.
Pasta takes roughly 12 - 24hr to dry depending on temperature, size, thickness and humidity.
Once dried, store in a air tight container and will last for several months.
I found fresh pasta should be made just when you're about to eat, as they tend to dry out and become brittle when you leave it out too long.
Be sure to coat your cut pasta with a little flour to stop them from sticking together.
*Nutrition information is approximate and is meant as a guide only*