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(My attempt at) Homemade Pasta

I’m a horrible Italian.  Why?  I can’t make homemade pasta without cursing, yelling, and occasionally throwing something.  I can do pie crusts and when the moon is properly aligned with Venus I can roll pizza dough, but there is just something about pasta dough that I can’t quite conquer.  I’ve attempted pasta a dozen or so times and have had something edible at the end of it maybe three of those times.  On all those other occasions I had to call in Chinese or Thai in order to insure there would be dinner.  I have tried a variety of recipes, from Pioneer Woman to Joy of Cooking to Martha to Fabio and the end result is always the same: super sticky dough that requires so much flour that they turn in to a gluten mess once cooked.  However last week I tried again, thanks to the /52weeks homemade pasta challenge.  I thought about skipping it and just moving on to the baking challenge, but I had promised myself that I would give every week my best try and so I did.

The bad things:

  • few survivors – had to make some dry pasta to supplement
  • very chewy
  • I can’t make pasta

The good things:

  • great ricotta filling made with the last of the fresh basil and assembled by my amazing husband
  • delicious onion sauce
  • awesome arm workout trying to roll out the dough

I used the standard 1 cup to 2 eggs ratio, and doubled it with the idea that there would be enough for two dinners and two lunches.   For the filling I had two cups of ricotta cheese, 8 basil leaves, and a touch of pepper.  Once I finally figure out this pasta thing I promise I’ll post a real recipe…just not sure when that will be!I’m thinking that if I had a stand-mixer I could get the pasta attachment and then maybe (maybe) I would finally be able to make homemade pasta on a semi-regular basis.  Until then it will be good old store bought pasta for this family!