Reinventing the Wheel

Using a pastry wheel is a great way to cut your fresh pasta, and something that will open a window for much pasta creativity, if you wonder what will be the right wheel to cut fresh pasta, well there are many options, here are some that I found most useful.

For many years I used to make pasta with a pasta maker only, I never had a pastry wheel in my kitchen even,  and when I finally got one I didn’t think much of it at first. One day I remember, I was going to make angle hair spaghetti and I realized that running the dough through the pasta maker on such a low thickness level really makes the dough very long, perhaps too long to handle, so I used the pastry wheel to cut it in half (which resulted with perfect angle hair pasta length), quickly I found myself playing with the pastry wheel cutting different shape of pasta, and what was planed to be an angle hair spaghetti ended up being something much more interesting and creative Continue reading

Pasta Bike

The way you ride (cut) your pasta says a lot about who you are, The pasta bike will give your fresh pasta the style flavor and cut you often see in restaurants. now you too can give your pasta a stylish cut.

Many people ask me whats the best way to cut fresh pasta dough, the truth is that there is no one way, as there are so many pasta styles out there, some people like to cut their pasta with a pasta bike, some like to use a pastry wheel and some like to use the pasta bike.

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Keep On Rolling

Rolling pin

Rolling pin

When making fresh pasta dough, just like in any other dough, a rolling pin may play a crucial part, while you can’t really go wrong with a rolling pin, there are certainly ways you can get better when you use the right one.

I already have a food process – I don’t need a rolling pin.

Even if you are using a food processor to make your dough, you still need to work it out for a few min with a rolling pin (or by hand), this will inject more air into your dough and will give your pasta a lighter feel, rather than a condensed and heavier texture which you normally get with mass produced pasta.

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Beyond Pasta

Discover the world of flavor beyond the traditional pasta shapes. with fresh gnocchi and cavatelli, you basically expend your pasta world into an area where many advance flavors and cuts. the beauty of fresh pasta appear just when you think you had enough of it, this is when you discover that there are other types of pasta you have not even had a chance to try. if you have a family this gets even better, I can tell you from my own experience that kids love surprises when it comes to pasta.

Two of the most famous edition of fresh pasta are the gnocchi (pronounced nee-yo-kee) and cavatelli, they are both very easy to make, and perhaps even more accessible since you don’t really need a pasta maker or a food processor to make them. here is one of my favorite potato gnocchi recipe. one thing that I would recommend if you are new to the world of gnocchi and cavatelli (or want to step up your game here) is using cavatelli maker, you can make gnocchi by hand, but in order to get nicer round shapes this machine will make your life much easier. Continue reading

Pasta Tripod

Using a pasta drying rack is something that will help you take your home made pasta making to the next level, and help you avoid having your fresh pasta stick and had to be redone, drying your pasta right is a very important part of making pasta at home. If you made fresh pasta at home before you already know how crucial it is to let your pasta dry in the right way other wise your freshly cut pasta will dry on top of each other and stick back into another form of dough.

I used to dry my pasta on a traditional pasta drying rack made from wood, which is the way pasta had been dried for many generations in my family, and indeed I find nothing wrong with using this method, until a friend of mine gave a gift  the Marcato Atlas Pasta Drying Rack, which comes from another family who been making fresh pasta for many generations (perhaps even longer than my heritage :) ), at first this looked to me like some kind of a toy I do not need in my kitchen, when I opened the packaged the thing looked like a tripod, a pasta tripod, I wasn’t sure if this is the right pasta gadget for me. Then one day I was invited to make fresh pasta at another friend kitchen where he also had the same fancy pasta drying rack, that was the night everything changed. Continue reading