10/21/13

Make Your Own Whole Wheat Pasta



I don't know about you, but I hate whole wheat pasta. It is like cardboard. This home made version however, is tender and wonderful! Making your own pasta is so simple. No, not as easy as opening a package. Trust me, I do that more often than not.  But if you are ready to delve into the world of home made pasta, lasagna is the way to go! Cutting the noodles is so easy and you don't have to deal with separating them into individual strands. Bonus: They taste amazing!

Home Made Pasta
1 cup freshly ground soft white wheat (or whole wheat cake flour if that is all you have access to)
1/2 cup freshly ground hard white or red wheat
2 egg yolks
1 pinch salt
2 T olive oil
1/8-1/4 cup water

In a food processor, add the flours, egg yolks, oil and salt. Mix until combined, then stream in water slowly until a ball forms. Allow the food processor to knead the dough for 30 second or until all the ingredients are well combined.

Next divide the dough into four pieces:
 
 
 
Then flour one ball generously so it won't stick.
 
 
 Now, you can use a pasta roller which is just fun. Or roll each ball as flat as you can get them with a rolling pin.
 
 
Cut it to the size you would like. I cut mine to fit the pan. It doesn't have to be pretty or even. The sauce hides everything!
 
 
Home made pasta is very forgiving and you can use it right away, or leave it to dry until you need it. Once you are ready to assemble the lasagna, just add the noodles to the pan. No need to cook ahead of time.
 
 
 
I do not make my noodles every time we have lasagna, but when I do it tastes so much better and we all feel very spoiled. But to really feel spoiled, cut these strands into fettuccine, boil for 3 minutes and serve under my Creamy Chicken and Bacon Alfredo Sauce. You may never use packaged pasta again!
 
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20 comments:

  1. I definitely like this idea! I have never made homemade pasta before but would love to give it a try. Just wish I had the pasta roller. That seems like it would be so fun to use while making pasta.

    Sharon
    Make It Or Fix It Yourself

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    1. The roller makes it fun, but is one more appliance to store. A good old rolling pin is sufficient, but is a lot more work.

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  2. That looks like it would be fun! My mom used to make homemade egg noodles. Definitely healthier than store bought. :)

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  3. Any idea if egg whites can be used opposed to yolks?

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    1. Yes you could use the whites. The egg yolks just make it richer. I have kids who love to eat just fried egg whites, so using just the yolks in the pasta works out well for all of us.

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  4. Great post! Love your food processor method of making the noodles. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is the lazy method...and the one I love!

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  5. I am going to make this next time I make lasagna! Homemade ricotta, mozzerella, spaghetti sauce, AND noodles? Fresh from the farm at a whole new level!

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    1. I need to take the time to learn to make cheese. I have done goat cheese, but that is all. Maybe next spring!

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  6. Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe with Wildcrafting Wednesday readers! :)

    ~ Kathy @ Mind Body and Sole

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  7. I love homemade pasta! This is an excellent tutorial. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Hearth and Soul hop.

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  8. Love the new header! Making pasta is on my bucket list of things to do in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing a good recipe for it on Tuesday Greens!

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    1. Thanks Becky. Good luck on your pasta adventures

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  9. I've never made my own pasta, aside from one attempt at ravioli, but this sounds like fun! And it's hard to find lasagna noodles around here for some reason, let alone whole wheat lasagna noodles, so definitely something I will want to attempt. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

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    1. An attempt at ravioli sounds daunting. You have done more than I!

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  10. Great post - i loved making my own pasta - so fun - i'd have noodles hanging all over the kitchen and dining rooms. Congrats on being featured on Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you'll join us again and share more of your awesome posts in the future.
    http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/10/wildcrafting-wednesday-10-30-13/

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  11. Wow, another awesome recipe. Thanks again, Janine!

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