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Pasta

Postby Positive Passion » 22 Mar 2021, 18:22

Does anyone make their own? Is it easy?

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Re: Pasta

Postby harvey k-tel » 22 Mar 2021, 18:51

I think the more pertinent question here is: is pasta noodles?
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Re: Pasta

Postby souphound » 22 Mar 2021, 18:54

I have never tried. I hear the result is well worth the effort. I'd still need a lot of convincing to even try.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Six String » 22 Mar 2021, 19:57

It’s just flour and water so making it shouldn’t be hard but making it right will take practice. My father-in-law used make it and hang it on plastic hangers to dry. I’ve never tried doing it myself as I have plenty of local options for fresh and dried. I can spend my time on other things in the kitchen instead.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Lord Rother » 22 Mar 2021, 21:00

I don’t understand pasta.

What is the point of it?

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Re: Pasta

Postby Rorschach » 22 Mar 2021, 21:06

I have made my own. I even have a machine for cutting it into various sized strips and a wooden tree thing to hang it on while it dries.
I actually found it a bit much like hard work and didn't do it too many times before it all got mothballed.

I suspect that If you persevere, or have talent as a cook, you could get used to it and bang some out quickly. It was pretty good pasta when I did make it.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Minnie the Minx » 22 Mar 2021, 21:30

This, of pasta, I have learned
Just as long as it’s not burned
Any fucking shit will do
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Re: Pasta

Postby Hightea » 22 Mar 2021, 21:35

I spent 30 years in the Italian section of the Bronx (how Italian ? two actors on the Sopranos liked on my block) so I got the fresh pasta from a little whole in the wall italian place. I miss that fresh pasta even though I can get sort of the same fresh pasta here too. Never tried to make it myself.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Mar 2021, 09:16

I've made nockerl, if you count that as pasta, but it's also kind of a dumpling. It's a bit of a cheat because it's so simple.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Deebank » 23 Mar 2021, 10:55

I 'inherited' (my uncle's brother gave me) a Kitchenaid mixer with a pasta-rolling attachment. At the start of lock-down we got hold of a bunch of pasta flour so I dug out the pasta mill from the garage. It was a bit manky so I thought I could clean it by rolling some damp kitchen roll through it. It totally seized-up with the paper jammed in-between the rollers. It is now utterly fucked.

Fortunately you can use the flour to make pizza dough, so that's what I did. My daughter bought an Ooni pizza oven at around the same time. It makes great pizza.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Fireplug » 23 Mar 2021, 11:52

Rorschach wrote:I have made my own. I even have a machine for cutting it into various sized strips and a wooden tree thing to hang it on while it dries.
I actually found it a bit much like hard work and didn't do it too many times before it all got mothballed.

I suspect that If you persevere, or have talent as a cook, you could get used to it and bang some out quickly. It was pretty good pasta when I did make it.


Pretty much this. I have an Imperia pasta maker and the wooden tree and all the rest. It's easy to use and the end result is great. It's also a pain to clean the pasta roller machine afterwards and the whole process is generally a lot of faff. I do it maybe 4 times a year, usually because it's fun for the kids.

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Re: Pasta

Postby harvey k-tel » 23 Mar 2021, 13:16

IS PASTA NOODLES??
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Re: Pasta

Postby Deebank » 23 Mar 2021, 13:38

harvey k-tel wrote:IS PASTA NOODLES??


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Re: Pasta

Postby Samoan » 23 Mar 2021, 13:58

harvey k-tel wrote:IS PASTA NOODLES??


Do noodles come in shapes and sheets ? No. Get with it, harv.

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I love the tiny rice grain and star shaped pasta for soups.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Livet » 23 Mar 2021, 14:48

Me and my sister took a pasta making class in Florence quite a few years ago. We've been making pasta ever since. I use the pasta machine that you crank with one hand to roll out the dough (while my sister prefers the Kitchenaid attachment), but we both like to do the kneading and cutting the shapes by hand. It tastes very different than dry; I like both and they're both good for certain things. It's fun to be able to make all different kinds of fillings for ravioli and you can add flavorings to the pasta itself, so a lot more variety than store bought. I generally just use OO flour and an egg, but you can add lemon, poppy seeds, spinach, etc.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Rorschach » 23 Mar 2021, 14:51

Fireplug wrote:It's also a pain to clean the pasta roller machine afterwards ....


Right! I'd forgotten about that bit. Probably why I stopped using it.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Positive Passion » 23 Mar 2021, 16:31

Samoan wrote:
harvey k-tel wrote:IS PASTA NOODLES??


Do noodles come in shapes and sheets ? No. Get with it, harv.

Pasta, he does...

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I love the tiny rice grain and star shaped pasta for soups.


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Re: Pasta

Postby Positive Passion » 23 Mar 2021, 16:32

Okay so - do I NEED a machine?

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Re: Pasta

Postby Livet » 23 Mar 2021, 17:43

Rorschach wrote:
Fireplug wrote:It's also a pain to clean the pasta roller machine afterwards ....


Right! I'd forgotten about that bit. Probably why I stopped using it.


Mine just gets flour on it which I brush off with a brush.
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Re: Pasta

Postby Livet » 23 Mar 2021, 17:45

Positive Passion wrote:Okay so - do I NEED a machine?


No, but you have to roll out the dough really thin (where it becomes transparent). The machine is great for that.
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