Thrifting is not just for clothing and accessories, you can find everything you need for your kitchen second-hand as far as machines and appliances go (and serving ware and dishes too). I bought my bread maker off Craigslist, $40. Hubby found me a scale and food processor at a garage sale, $10. The Antique Mall is a great place to find little plates and platters and decor for the table. And today my pasta maker ($12 including S&H) arrived in the mail!
Let’s give it a try, shall we?
First is the dough. 1 egg to 100 grams semolina flour per serving. Mix and knead the dough into a cohesive ball. Divide the dough into manageable portions and flatten to an oval. Start feeding the dough through the flat rollers, starting with the widest setting.
After a thin sheet of pasta is formed, very lightly dust with flour if it’s tacky. Keep thinning out the sheet of pasta by decreasing the size of the gap of the rollers. Switch the sheet of pasta to the wide noodle roller.
I found a #6 to be the right thickness and the noodles won’t fall apart. A thicker #4 noodle was alright but it requires a longer cooking time. So if you’re in a hurry make thin noodles!
Immediately toss the fresh pasta into salted boiling water. Cover for the first 30 seconds to allow the water to return to a boil quickly, thus locking in the starches. And make sure you salt the water, as you may recall, we didn’t put any salt in the dough!
Have the sauce simmering as you are working on the noodles. Thin noodles will take only about 4-5 minutes to cook. Thicker noodles may take 8-10 minutes.
The sauce is just a jar I had in the fridge, I threw in sausage and diced fresh tomato. Keep the sauce hot. Pull the noodles out of the water and put them in the pan of sauce. Toss to coat every noodle.
Then serve to your guests (in this case: hungry munchkins).
Fresh herbs (oregano, basil, parsley, chives) can be added on top. And don’t forget some grated cheese.