Pasta Perfect DirectionsJuly 28, 2010 at 7:43 am | Posted in Food | 12 Comments
Pasta making sounds fun. It is fun, but not at all worth the trouble. Most people realize this after trying out their new pasta maker, and then they give the pasta maker away. You don’t save any money by making your pasta at home, it takes hours to roll out the noodles, and you end up with an incredible mess. But, people like me will still try it out, since it sounds fun (and there is a free pasta maker to play with.)
My sister received a pasta perfect machine, that supposedly takes out all the trouble of rolling the noodles. After my last experience with a manual pasta maker it sounded like a good idea. We pulled the machine out and found the instruction manual stuck together into one blob. Apparently the lady who used it once spilled something on the book without realizing it, and it had effectively glued all of the pages together. My Mom and I spent a good bit of time looking online for the directions without success.
Inspired by a mystery book I read in elementary school, in which the heroine steams open a sealed envelope, I decided to steam open the instruction manual. You never know when random tidbits of information gathered from leisure reading might be useful in real life, lol. After half an hour I managed to get two pages to partially open, which fortunately was enough to get the general idea of how the machine operates. The page tore in the beginning of the directions, so a step or two may be missing. (I took a photo of the book if you would like to see.)
- Choose the pasta die that you want to use. Soak the die in hot water with a tablespoon of oil for two minutes.
- Put the die onto the machine, and tighten the lock nut. Add the flour into the machine and turn it on for 30 seconds.
- Mix the wet ingredients together, and pour into the machine through the slots in the lid while the machine is running. Let it mix for three minutes.
- Examine the dough, and determine if additional liquid or flour is needed. Apparently there is a photo on the back page – it is supposed to resemble course crumbs. If anything else is needed, add it in and mix an additional three minutes.
- Turn the extrusion knob on the front of the machine. The machine will changes noises, and the dough should begin to extrude within one minute.
- Slice the noodles into the desired length using the provided plastic knife.
That was the end of the directions. They obviously were continued on the next page, but we couldn’t get them. My Mom found a good recipe online, and we let the noodles dry on paper towels based on past pasta making experience. The pasta machine popped open as it was mixing, so we had to strap it closed. It took about an hour to make a single batch of egg noodles, which was equivalent to a 1 lb bag of purchased noodles. The machine was difficult to clean. The noodles took over an hour to dry. All in all, not something that I would repeat, but fun for a one time activity.
- 3 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
- 1 lb homemade noodles
- 3 carrot, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 large onion, diced (or 1 jar pearl onions)
- 1 32 oz box chicken broth (or equivalent in chicken base or bullion)
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- salt an pepper
- water as needed
Dice the chicken breast and saute in a large pot. Dice the carrots, celery, and onion while the breast is cooking. Add the veggies to the pot, and cover with broth. Boil for 30-40 minutes, until carrots are tender. Add enough additional water that the noodles will be covered, and bring to a boil. (Depending on the width of your pot, that will be 2-3″ above the veggies and chicken.) Add the noodles, and boil for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.