Many people love eating pasta at restaurants without knowing that they can make it at their home. Though it is time intensive, nothing can be very rewarding than to eat pasta that you personally made. Aside from that, home-made pasta is more nutritious than pre-made pasta because it has eggs. How is pasta made? Making pasta from scratch is easy and there are two ways of creating pasta, either by hand mixing or the use of food processor.
You will basically need food processor and pasta machine if you want to make it faster easier. As to the ingredients of making pasta, you need to prepare large eggs, unbleached all purpose flour that is also used for kneading, water, olive oil and salt. If you decide to use food processor, put all ingredients in it and set aside some of the flour that will be used later. Process it until the mixture forms into a ball. For hand mixing, you should blend all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and form well into the center. Beat the wet ingredients and pour it into the well you created. Using your hands or fork, work on the ingredients lightly until it forms a mass.
After that, lightly flour your work surface and place the ball formed into it and knead it for about 7 to 8 minutes. Add a little of the spared flour from to time to prevent it from sticking. You can stop kneading until you achieve that smooth, elastic feel and if it no longer sticks.
Then divide the dough into four pieces. Take one of it and cover the rest with plastic separately to keep them from drying out. Then set your pasta machine in its widest setting and flatten the portion of the dough before feeding it though the rollers again. To keep it from sticking, you can sprinkle a little bit of flour each time. Repeat the process several times more. Do the same procedure with the rest of the dough. Cut to its desired shape when it’s still soft.
Cooking pasta only takes three to four minutes at most. Now that you know how is pasta made, you surely would want to do it at home than buying from the grocery store or eating fast foods.