26 March 2012

How to make fresh pasta without a machine - Step by step pictures

I made fresh pasta from scratch for dinner this evening and on a whim, I live tweeted the making of this using the hashtag #makingfreshpasta which evoked a lot of enthusiastic responses. That's the reason I decided to compile all the tweets and the pictures (iPhone camera) into a quick post. Pardon the picture quality, my iPhone was already groaning under the blanket of flour and olive oil it was being subject to!

I only want to show you how simple the procedure is, even without any fancy machines. The fettucini procedure is a bit lengthy but for starters, you could just cut squares (as in step 6), in fact that was yummier than the more labour intensive fettucini.

This recipe is vegan as it uses no eggs or butter. If you use eggs in the pasta dough, surely you'll get a richer tasting end product. If you can make rotis, you can do this handmade pasta. No sweat!

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On to the recipe:

Vegan handmade pasta from scratch , no pasta machine required

Pasta dough adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to cook everything vegetarian
I used the recipe eggless pasta dough recipe:
2 cups AP flour ( I used 1/2 cup cornmeal and 1.5 cups AP flour along with a tbsp of dried basil)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
½ cup hot water plus some more
Make a smooth but very firm dough by mixing flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well, add olive oil. Add 1/2 cup hot water, mix with a fork until it comes together. Knead with your hands using a tsp of hot water at a time until you get a firm, smooth dough.
Wrap in cling film.
Refrigerate for 30 mins at least.
Make 5-6 balls from the dough, and follow the given procedure with each.

Step 1 - roll each ball into a thin sheet 

 Step 5 - Keep each such batch spread out on a plate to dry for a few minutes


arundati said...

wow! you made and posted also! i made it once for a daring baker's thing... then swore i wont eat dried pasta again... but we live... and eat our words! 

Scarlett O'Hara said...

I've been wanting to make fresh pasta since forever, but never mustered the guts to do it.  But you are the awesomest dudette ... some day , I shall take this as an inspiration and may be make my own fresh pasta, just once. :)

Foody Guru said...

Very impressive and gadget free ways to making pasta. A few months ago I got a pasta maker as a gift and I made some pasta with it but I did not get around to blogging about it. I find the pasta maker great for making puri's or the outer skin for modhakam.  Looking at the post  I just remembered the pasta maker. Will make pasta again. thank you.

Anu said...

WOW!!! really interesting

Jagruti said...

that's so adventurous of you! Kudos to you for making these and sharing it with us :)

Soumya Bhat said...

I am thinking of I can make ravioli with my own varavu/curry filling ;)  Tired of the same spinach+ricotta in the restaurants.

preeti said...

Superb..mighty impressive!..and you continue to inspire:-)

priyanka bhattacharjee said...

Thanks for the post. Its very helpful

Jayashree said...

Wow.......you make it sound so easy to do. 

Shilpa said...

Yummy....i have to try this, you make it look simple:)

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Thanks for showing us the easy steps.

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Janel said...

This looks super yummy. I love the addition of the dried basil in the dough. I'm anxious to try this tonight! 

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johnmarsh said...

Wow really amazing post. Really good test. Thanks for sharing.

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