Trent makes pasta!--thanks to Cooks' Emporium

posted by Trent Rice - 

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You'll remember that on Monday's blog, I unboxed the Cooks' Emporium Pizza and Pasta Essentials Kit with the idea that I'd employ the tools in the process of making pasta for the family meal on Wednesday...

TRENT MADE PASTA!  And, to be honest, it was easier than I thought it would be!


Here's how it went down...

One of the first instructions in making pasta is to pour the combined flour and salt on to a clean work surface, then make a well in that flour for the combined oil and eggs.  This is where we encountered our only major difficulty...

Talk about "when the levee breaks..."   Mindy from Cooks' says some people will use a food processor for this step. Yeah, I can see why.

Not to worry...using my handy bench scraper and even handier hands, I was able to contain the spill and work it all into the beginning of actual pasta dough.

After kneading for five minutes, using a little more flour to make things a little less sticky...WE HAVE DOUGH!

I let the dough rest for a bit while I drove my kids...somewhere... then started to roll it out.  While the little roller Cooks' gave me certainly made it easy, I can see why people who make their own pasta often actually use a machine to do this.  It was a little challenging to get the dough as thin as it probably should have been. 


TOP TIP--bench flour is your friend.

Remember what I said earlier about using a pasta machine to make things a bit easier?  That also holds for cutting the dough into actual noodles.  Let's just say the hand cutter I used made my pasta a little...freeform...

It's a whole rack of artistically cut pasta!  I actually got two racks of pasta, and they both looked like this...

TIME TO BOIL THE PASTA!

What's cool? Fresh pasta takes about a third of the time to cook than does dried pasta...

The finished product.  My people call it...shrimp scampi...

As you can see, the finished pasta is a little thicker and wider than "factory" fettuccini, but it sure was tasty.  And, like I said at the outset--it really was easier than I thought it would be.  I'm looking forward to doing it again...and finding someone with a pasta machine.

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