Homemade Pasta Dough

Now isn’t this the most scrumptious skillet of homemade pasta you’ve ever seen?  Well, it was to us!  My first attempt at homemade pasta – I believe I would consider a success!  Nothing like the pasta from those who have done this for years, but for a first try I was pleased!  I used John’s recipe at from the Bartolini kitchens.  It was so easy!  Ritchey bought a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid mixer – it was a birthday present a year and a half ago!  Daunting is not even the word to use when I thought about making pasta!  But after last night’s homemade pizza I thought why not give it a try?

The dough came together beautifully – making it in the food processor was so easy!  The hardest part was kneading for 5 minutes!

The first time I put the dough through the rollers I danced!  I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread!  You’ll have to forgive me, but I do get excited about the simplest things!  Ritchey was snapping pictures and I was making pasta!

Look at these beautiful thin pieces of pasta!

Then it was time to turn those beautiful pieces of pasta into spaghetti!  What can I say?  It was so much fun!

Now, what sauce or dressing for the lovely spaghetti?  I turned to another of John’s recipes – a simple but lovely Spaghetti Aglio e Olio – spaghetti with garlic and oil – with a touch of red pepper flakes, topped with a bit of parsley and pecorino romano cheese.

With the spaghetti boiling away in a large pot it wasn’t long before we sat down to a lovely bowl of fresh spaghetti and a good chianti.  Thank you, John!  I raise my glass to you!  Salute!

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29 responses to “Homemade Pasta Dough

  1. Phyllis, I can’t tell you how happy I am that you posted this! I, too, purchased the pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer (two years ago!) and have been afraid to try using it! Your photos are so helpful and I love John’s site and recipes… now I have the confidence to try!!

  2. Homemade pizza last night and homemade pasta today! How much better can it get! (I actually helped a little with the pasta. I ran one ball of dough through it.)

  3. Donna Mattingly

    Beautiful! I’ve wanted to make pasta for years but somehow have never gotten around to it. Your first try looks perfect!

  4. Another convert! YAY!!! So glad to hear that things went so well for you, Phyllis. Now that you’ve made the 1st batch and know what to expect, it gets easier and easier. Before long, you’ll be hand cutting pappardelle, tagliatelle, and quadretti. And I’ll let you in on a secret. Take those dough sheets, par-boil them, and use them with your favorite lasagna recipe. You will be amazed! Thank you for the your gracious shout outs but, really, this was all you. Congratulations!!!

  5. Phylis, I got so excited for you as you danced around making pasta!! You went to the best to get your recipe as John has handed down, tried and true Italian family recipes. Now that you’ve made pasta from scratch I’m feeling like I need to give it a try! I’m going to add that pasta attachment to my wish list!!

  6. Phyllis, it looks great! I am sure you wil make homemade pasta the next time your favorite sister (me) comes up.

  7. Ok, now my only excuse is TIME…I got a hand-crank pasta machine for Christmas (Shhh! I haven’t told Mr. Bartolini yet!) and have been waiting for a chance to use it.
    You’ve inspired me – it’s great to see a first-time success!

  8. It is the most scrumptious skillet of homemade pasta I’ve ever seen indeed.
    Making pasta is something worth dancing around for indeed :)

  9. Wow, you hit it right out of the park on the first at bat. Looks just wonderful.

  10. I am not a good pasta dough maker, but you make it seem so uncomplicated.. so I think I will definitely try it out again. It just looks amazing

  11. I feel so bad…Liz and I have all the pasta making attachments, but rarely think we have the time to make homemade pasts. Just another thing to change this year.

  12. I haven’t made homemade pasta in ages and both you and John are definitely giving me a hankering for some. What a fabulous first try! It looks like pasta perfection.

  13. I’d say this was definitely a success!! That pan of pasta looks seriously incredible. Though it’s a bit of work, making homemade pasta is such a fun process. My mom and I make it often when I visit home. What an amazing first attempt for you! :)

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