Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's So Easy to Make Your Own Pasta! Plus Wonton Noodle Soup



This wanton noodles soup in chicken broth is not the star of the show today. But for those of you who are interested, it is so easy to put a comforting warm bowl of noodle soup dish like this together. Boil several cups of chicken broth (made from scratch, please), throw in some store-bought pork and shrimp dumplings, add some green veggie of your choice (this time I added chopped napa cabbage), season to taste, add the noodles and serve piping hot. It is truly a comforting dish this time of the year :)


The star of the show today is my new toy -- my newest baby -- my very own pasta maker!!! Can you hear the happy shrieks of this proud mama? :)

Hubby gifted me with a pasta maker. This is not surprising of course, because this family eats pasta every week if not twice or thrice a week or as much as we can! He figured making our own pasta would be healthier because it would not contain any preservatives of the store-bought ones. And we can be creative and add more healthy ingredients to our pasta. My head is already brimming with possibilities, I can add carrots, or basil, or spinach...

See the first picture? the noodles used in the wonton soup? Those are made from half plain flour and half whole wheat flour. Now, isn't that healthy?

The pictures below were taken the first time I made pasta. Since it was the first time, I followed the exact recipe written with the instruction manual of the pasta maker. I used plain flour and halved the recipe.



On a clean surface, measure 2 cups of flour. Make a well in the center and add in 2 eggs (room temperature). The proportion is one egg for every cup of flour. Whisk the eggs with a fork. Then slowly incorporate some flour while beating. Keep incorporating more flour until you cannot whisk anymore. Using a dough cutter or your hands, knead the dough until it comes together into a smooth ball.

At this point, it was hard for me to keep the dough together. The flour just would not stick together! I cheated and added 2 tablespoons of cold water ( I figured 1 tablespoon for every cup of flour) and it worked! :) I just took the idea of adding cold water from making a basic pate brisee pie crust :) And it worked! The dough formed easier...




Divide the dough into smaller balls. Let rest, covered for at least 30 minutes. I did not get this part of the instruction from the manual. I got this from the internet. The purpose of this resting is to allow the gluten to relax. Actually, another site said that we should allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator. But somehow, I forgot the refrigerator part and just left the balls on the kitchen counter. I didn't think any harm was done. We have cooler weather nowadays. :)

The dough should not be sticky. Otherwise it will stick to the rollers. Add more flour if the dough sticks to your fingers. It should not be too dry that it is falling apart either.





Set up the pasta maker. Set up the two smooth rollers at position one. Cut the balls into half (or smaller parts) and with 1 piece at a time, pass the dough into the two smooth rollers while turning the handle. Repeat this several times. When the dough has taken a regular shape, pass this dough over at position 2, several times, then on to position 3 and so on until your desired thickness.




Insert the already thin and long dough into the cutters. I have 2 sizes of cutters included in my pasta maker. One for fettucine (wider noodles) and one for spaghetti (though the noodles came out flat and not round). Slowly turn the handle while letting the dough be "cut" and catch the resulting pasta with your other hand.

In my case, the kids were so eager to turn the handle, which they call "cranking up" the machine, so I let them do the turning while I have both hands on the dough. :)





The instruction manual says to lay these noodles on a clean table cloth and leave it to dry for at least an hour. I hanged the noodles on a clean clothes hanger instead. An hour after, it is ready to cook!

Nothing beats the taste of homemade pasta. You'll never go back to eating store-bought pasta again. (Though I have to finish the stocks I have left in my pantry :) It is easy to cook (ours took only two minutes!), it is cheaper, it is definitely nutritious and it has the al-dente quality that we are looking for in a good pasta.

Tomorrow, I will share another wonderful dish I made using homemade pasta. So, stay tuned!



Sharing this pasta making experience with the Presto Pasta Nights community headed and hosted this week by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. To see last week's delicious dishes, please check out the round-up wonderfully written by Daphne of More Than Words.

19 comments:

tigerfish said...

Great job in making your own!

noobcook said...

wah! pro!! hehe

your hub so sweet to give u this pasta maker ^o^

Jonnek said...

Congratulation on your new toy. Good job on describing the pasta making process. Makes me want to go out and get myself one.

mikky said...

never made my own noodles, you inspire me... :)

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks Tigerfish! :)

Hi Noobcook! Hubby has ulterior motive for getting me that pasta maker! LOL! He gets to enjoy the pasta! :) Actually, he knows I will enjoy it, too! :)

Hello Jonnek! Hello Mikky! The process is so easy, anyone can do it! It is a good investment, actually. :)

Rachel said...

I am excited to see how beautiful your homemade pasta turned out. Well done! Perhaps you will be using it in your "cucina" for a Cook the Books club entry?

Thanks for stopping by my Crispy Cook book giveaway. You and anyone living anywhere in the world are indeed eligible to enter by leaving a comment.

Now, I have to get going on a Weekend Herb Blogging entry for Ivy at Kopiaste.....

Natashya said...

Congrats on your new toy! That is a good brand too, hubby did well.
I love all things noodley, your soup looks wonderful.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Oooh, congrats on the pasta maker!!! Good that the kids want to "help", hehe.

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Hi Rachel! hee hee! I am not giving a clue to what my entry for "Cook the Cucina Book" yet! :) I am so thrilled to hear I am qualified for the book give-away! Thanks!

Hello Natashya! Hubby would be glad to know he got the right brand! Thanks for your tip! :)

Hello TS! Surprisingly, the kids found it fun! They were so amazed that a simple ball of dough became pasta just because of their "cranking" :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow!!!! a new toy!!! congratsssss....

lemme....go to nearest store to get some pasta...until i get the same toy ^_^

well done, girl!

Beachlover said...

wow!! you make your own pasta!! that fantastic!! I bought a pasta maker months ago,but still didn't use once! LOL!

Ruth Daniels said...

Lucky you with your own pasta maker. I can't wait to see what wonderful creations you'll be sharing with Presto Pasta Night (hint, hint).

Mary said...

You did a fantastic job with your entry for this event. I love your recipe for Wonton Noodle Soup. It's on my must try list.

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks Rita! With your talent, you should get this toy, too! :)

Hello Lesley! You should try making pasta as you already have a pasta maker. Its so easy!

Hint? for a clueless person like me? ha ha ha... Thanks Ruth! You know I always look forward to PPN! :)

Thanks Mary! Wonton Noodle soup is one of the easiest to make... :) hope you try it!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i love homemade pasta - i've made it before with my kids, and it really is super

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Yes, Maria, doing this activity is definitely a bonus!!! :)

Holly said...

Great recipe, have to try it. I found using the Pasta n' More saves me so much time in the kitchen. I found it at www.harrietcarter.com

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Very good this is something creative, I was looking for something like this since months ago, I feel so good with this.

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So make my own pasta is easy than I think, thanks for this tutorial!

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