Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whole Wheat Spaghetti



You might be wondering to do with that pasta roller you have stashed away in your closet.
You know...the kind that clamps on to your counter and has the hand crank?



Whole Wheat Spaghetti

  •  1 1/2   cups all purpose flour
  •  1 1/2  cups whole wheat flour
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 whole large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Combine the flours and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the eggs and olive oil and stir together and then turn onto a clean counter and begin to knead.  You can also use a mixer with a dough hook or a large food processor.    At this point the dough will be rough and will have lots of bits of flour.
  3. Once most of the flour has been mixed in...allow it to rest covered for at least 30 minutes.  This will allow the flour to absorb the liquid.
  4. Making pasta depends a lot of the humidity and size of your eggs and also the flour you use.  Don't be afraid to add a bit of water if it is very dry or a bit more flour if it seems too soft.
  5. If you are wondering how the dough should feel.. think harder rather than softer.
  6. To begin rolling pasta, divide the dough into manageable portions about 1 cup each.
  7. Flatten with your hand and then put through the widest roller option.
  8. Repeat with all your pieces of dough and then roll them through again making the roller tighter.
  9. Once the dough is at the width of a spaghetti noodle, put the spaghetti noodle attachment on and run them through.  Use plenty of flour to sprinkle over the noodles and occasionally stir them around with your fingers to be sure they are not sticking together.
  10. To cook them, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add several teaspoons of salt.
  11. Add the spaghetti noodles to the pot and bring the water back to a boil.  The noodles will cook very quickly.  Once they have risen to the top (about two minutes), test one to be sure it is done.  Drain in a colander and serve immediately.  
  12. To freeze the noodles, allow them to dry several hours and then put them in a plastic bag but don't pack them tight.  Freeze until ready to use.  Don't thaw before boiling.   Frozen noodles will take slightly longer to cook through.
If you don't have a pasta machine but really want to give making your own pasta a try...roll the dough super thin, sprinkle with flour and then roll it up starting on the wide side like a jelly roll.  Slice into thin rolls and then unroll and sprinkle with flour.



6 comments:

  1. Ok, the picture of the little girl turning the crank...so adorable Lovella!

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  2. Homemade whole wheat spaghetti..I love it! I'm into choosing whole wheat flour over white and it's better for you too.
    I'm with Alison, that little girl turning the crank is most adorable. She knows she has an important job and takes pride in her work:)

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  3. If I could find a worker that is that cute I'd go buy a pasta machine! :)

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  4. Ok, that plate of spaghetti looks SO GOOD! But to find the time to make the pasta is not going to happen for me in the next little while. I do hope to try this out someday. What recipe did you use for the sauce? Sure looks delicious!

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  5. I wish that little helper was in MY kitchen, how sweet. Very ambitious to make your own spaghetti.

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  6. I love the sweet photo, too! And I love Whole wheat pasta! ♥

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