Delizioso! Nothing like homemade pasta! Grandma DiDi and the cub took on the task of making homemade whole wheat pasta and boy was it worth it! All the while, the cub learned about the time and energy it takes to prepare and cook noodles.
The cub was feeling brave today and decided to work with the food processor. In goes the flour.
Then the eggs and a little water!
The cub watches while Grandma DiDi mixes the dough. The cub stands back, but isn’t as intimidated this time around.
Grandma DiDi rolls out the dough.
Now it’s the cubs turn to pat the dough and shape it so it can rest for an hour.
The cub delicately wraps the dough with plastic wrap.
Time to feed the dough through the Kitchenaid pasta attachment.
After a few passes, the dough stretches out nice and long! Almost time to feed through the noodle press. The cub enjoys her duty of helping hold the dough with her hands.
The cub got to pick between fettuccini and spaghetti… she chose Fettuccini and was eager to help feed it thought the roller.
All done and the cub wants me to see her finished work!
And we had enough dough to make spaghetti!
Lunch is served! Our version of Caccio e pepe! We added oil, butter, salt, pepper, parmesan and peas! Make your own creation and share it with us!
Whole Wheat Homemade Pasta
(adapted from Small Victories)
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Water, as needed
- Combine in bowl or food processor the flour, eggs and salt. Run machine until it forms ball of dough and it doesn’t stick to fingers or blade. Add water, teaspoon at a time, until this occurs (took more water with the whole wheat flour than with all-purpose). When dough has formed, pat into flat disk and dust with some extra flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temp for one hour.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a kitchenaid mixer with correct attachments: After dough has rested for an hour, cut dough into about 6 equal pieces (keep the rest covered). Press one piece of dough down with the heel of your palm until it flattens, then run it through the pasta machine on level one. I needed to do level 1 several times with the whole wheat pasta, folding over once or twice to get the consistency correct. Run dough sheets through every level (up to6 or 7) at least once or twice until you have achieved desired consistency. Towards the end, sheets become very long and it’s necessary to gently carry them on the backs of your hands. If dough becomes sticky dust with a little flour.
- You can use the flat sheets for lasagna – no pre cooking needed. We changed the attachment and fed the sheets through to make fettuccini and spaghetti.
- Cook noodles in boiling, salted water for about 3 minutes and serve with your favorite sauce/toppings.
- All pasta should be cooked right away or refrigerated in an air tight container for up to 3 days.