Step 8: Dry and Cook the Pasta

I like to hang the pasta up to dry for a little while, but if you are cooking the pasta immediately it isn't necessary. Take some chopsticks or skewers and wedge them under a couple of plates and just throw your pasta over. Let the pasta dry for an hour or so and then freeze it or cook it.

It only takes a couple of minutes to cook fresh pasta so watch the pot closely.

If you need something explained more clearly or another picture to clarify the process add a comment and I will help you out.
<p>thank you.</p><p>it took half an hour of searching through posts of ppl mixing jars of bolognaise sauce with packets of boiled pasta from a packet and calling it &quot;how to make spaghetti&quot; before i found this post which actually shows how to make spaghetti<br><br>instructables really needs to pull its fingers out of its ass and delete misleading posts</p>
<p>I have been making fresh pasta for a while and I make it really well, but when i add it to a sauce it just ends up all stuck together. It tastes great but its not right. When i use bought dried pasta it stays all seperate. Any help would be great</p>
<p>I think you can add a cup of the water you used to cook the spaghetti into the sauce if you're making the sauce yourself. the startch in the water should help keep your pasta seperated </p>
<p>Your recipe was right on target! My great grandmother who was 100% Italian has made homemade pasta since I was very young. It was delicious, and your recipe is the same as hers. :-) It sounds like some people do not know how to make REAL homemade pasta, and feel the need to blame everyone but themselves. </p>
<p> So I've been experimenting with making homemade pasta and <br>this is a pretty standard recipe. <strong>However, my pasta never tastes good</strong>...I've <br>tried several ways so far. I've made it with all-purpose flower and just water. <br>Meh. I've tried half all-purpose flower half semolina and egg. Meh. I've tried <br>all-purpose flower with egg and olive oil . Meh. I've experimented with <br>different resting times for the dough and different thicknesses for the final product. I always have a pretty good tomato sauce <br>to go with my pasta, but when I add the sauce to the pasta, the pasta seems to kill <br>the flavor of the sauce and everything tastes super bland. Yes, I've tried <br>adding more salt, but the whole point was to get away from too much salt, and <br>it didn't help anyway.</p>
Can you describe the taste of the pasta? Is it just salty or does it taste funny in other ways? Chances are you are cooking it for too long, which makes te pasta soggy and tasteless, only the saltiness remains (if you incorporate salt in the recipe). Also, all eggs works the best and is the tastiest, you should only add water or oil if absolutely needed, for instance when the dough seems a bit dry, because especially oil will change the taste quite heavily if you overdo it. I've had the last one happen myself, it's a pretty easy mistake to make when using oil.<br>Furthermore, remember that a fresh pasta only needs to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, wait for the water to boil, then add the pasta.<br>Hope this is of any help, good luck!
I think bernardhkuiper is right on this one. Try a shorter cooking time, the pasta is probably soaking up too much water and diluting your tasty tomato sauce. <br><br>One thing I like to do is to put the pasta and sauce in a pan and turn the heat up on the stove all the way, and then toss and turn the pasta and sauce for a couple minutes. It drives off some of the water from the sauce and the pasta will tend to soak up some of the sauce's flavor.
<p>If I wanted to know how to make the pasta. I would have asked. What I asked was how to make spaghetti. Not Pasta!!!</p>
Can you sub the olive oil for grape seed oil? I am allergic to olives and their biproducts
Yes! Grape seed oil should be fine, or you can just omit the oil.
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You can store dry pasta.
<p>I would like to make this and preserve it in bags or even canning jars. How would I do this?</p>
I normally just freeze the pasta. No need to defrost, just drop in boiling water like normal. <br><br>I would think that it would mold if you were doing some kind of preservation other than freezing. This kind of pasta is typically made daily.
<p>what type of flour is used for this?</p>
<p>I normally use all purpose unbleached white flour. Bread flour works a little bit better, but is not required. </p>
<p>ok thanks</p>
<p>Can you use half regular flour and half wheat flour with the same amount of the other ingredients? Thank you. </p>
<p>That should work fine. You might have to knead a little more and add a little more water. </p>
This was a huge disappointment. I was going to surprise my girlfriend with homemade spaghetti. I'm a decent cook; I make homemade bread(all by hand), homemade pizza, Chinese good, Indian food, etc. So I'm not a bad cook. I tried twice to get this recipe to work. Three eggs isn't nearly enough to mix in 2 cups of flour. The first time I ended with an unworkable, crumbly mess, and the second time I ended up with a hard, elastic, unworkable lump and about a half a cup of flour left. I wasted 6 eggs and 4cups of flour on this. I spent an hour trying to get it to work and all I have to show for it is sore arms, an hour's wasted time, and a bunch of wasted food. I'mnot trying to be rude, but I'm very upset and disappointed. I was really looking forward to treating us both, and on our income, that's a LOT of food going into the garbage can. I just looked at another version which said you should have 2/3 c flour to 2 eggs, which would come out to something like 5 eggs. Now I'm afraid to risk wasting even more eggs to try to fix this mess. I even bought stuff to make homemade sauce. -sigh-
sounds like you had very small eggs! I use four LARGE eggs and 250 flour and 250 semilina, a teaspoon of salt and 50ml of oil. It is really important to let the dough rest for as long as possible in the fridge wrapped in cling film. I usually overnight.
No offense, but there are a bunch of previous posts from people who had success with this recipe.&nbsp; Perhaps before posting something about how upset you are that the recipe seems to be flawed, you might reconsider what might have gone wrong or what might be wrong with your expectations.<br /> <br /> This recipe uses a pretty standard ratio of flour to eggs for pasta.&nbsp; Perhaps your eggs were a little small, or you were using a kind of flour that absorbs a lot of liquid.&nbsp; But in general, this recipe is what standard pasta recipes are like, so maybe your expectations aren't realistic.<br /> <br /> You say you have experience making homemade bread -- what about very firm doughs, like bagels, for example?&nbsp; Not all bread is the same.&nbsp; And pasta (which is different in a number of ways) is generally made from a very firm dough.&nbsp; &quot;Hard, elastic, unworkable lump&quot; sounds about the texture you should aim for... pasta dough is really tough to knead by hand.&nbsp; If the dough really is impossible to work, cover it with a damp cloth and come back in 10-15 minutes after the gluten has relaxed a bit.<br /> <br /> Moreover, instead of complaining here, if you really think the dough should be more wet, you could just add more liquid to the dough.&nbsp; It's a bit more difficult and time-consuming than adding more flour, but all it takes is patience to gradually knead it in.<br /> <br /> Finally, I take issue with &quot;you should have 2/3 c flour to 2 eggs, which would come out to something like 5 eggs.&quot;&nbsp; Not true.&nbsp; If this were the ratio (which is unusual for pasta), 2 cups flour = 6/3 cups, which is 3 times 2/3 c.&nbsp; Thus, you'd need 3 times the eggs or 2 * 3 = 6 eggs, not &quot;something like 5 eggs.&quot;<br />
If my opinion is that the recipe was a mess - as it was with some other people that contacted me - then that remains my opinion. To sit and write five overly-defensive paragraphs about how much you disagree really says something. <br /> <br /> &quot;Instead of compaining, blah blah blah.&quot; Hey I tell you what. If I have a complaint or criticism I'll make it, and you can continue to be all indignant about it. Last time I checked, you weren't my boss and the comments were for comments, even if those comments get you all in a lather.<br /> <br /> And by the way - the ratio that you &quot;take issue with&quot; is the ratio that - get this - ACTUALLY&nbsp;WORKED FOR&nbsp;ME. <br /> <br /> So kindly go away.<br />
You're welcome to make your complaint, but why not be nicer about it? When I try a recipe that worked for lots of other people and it doesn't work for me, I usually try to figure out what *I* did wrong, rather than going on a forum and saying the formula is wrong. I'm sorry it didn't work for you, but I'm not the one who sounds &quot;defensive.&quot;<br> <br> If you notice, I gave you a bunch of practical tips -- pasta dough is firmer, like certain kinds of (firm) bread dough, you can actually knead in more liquid to existing dough, your formula for eggs actually had the calculations a little off, etc. I didn't &quot;take issue with&quot; the ratio -- if it works for you, fine -- I took issue with your calculation to convert the eggs from other version you found to the amount of flour in this recipe, which is a question of basic math.<br> <br> The fact is that this is a pretty standard pasta recipe.&nbsp; Your other version should probably still make pasta, though quite eggy and perhaps a bit harder to work with on a humid day or if you needed thin sheets -- but if it's better for you, fine.&nbsp; That doesn't mean that this recipe is fatally flawed.<br> <br> Jeez...<br>
Just tried this tonight with grilled chicken. Turned out great. At the bottom where it says 0 - 3 tsp of water is where you add enough water to get the dough to the right consistency. Took about 2 tsp for me. Anyway this is the second recipe that I tried and the first to work.
I find that pasta texture is much better when you mix the flour 50/50 with semolina it gives a much better taste too. I was told this by an Italian pasta chef some time ago. <br>Resting the dough before rolling is important as well as rooling severatimes to break down the gluent unitl the dough becomes elastic and soft in feel.
I cut the recipe down to 1 egg and 2/3 C. flour, as I had never attempted pasta before and didn't know how successful it would be. After resting, the dough got very soft and manageable. I used a cheapo pasta roller and had great results. Going to try this again; practice makes perfect! Thanks for your great tutorial and recipe!
Thanks for the recipe! I used it to make these pasta ears for my zombie party this weekend!
Awesome! Check these out (http://goo.gl/vqXPv); It's a pasta called orecchiette which means 'little ears' in English.
Just made this recipe. First time I made homemade pasta. I used pasta machine. It turned out AWESOME! I didn't need to add any of the water. Made 3 big servings!
This is an older post, but I'm hoping someone will find this and answer. I have the same pasta maker, and I attempted my first batch last night (before finding this article). <br> <br>I managed to get everything right up to the part where the pasta is cut. I was able to get the linguine setting to cut most of the pasta, but completely unable to get the pasta to feed into the spaghetti cutter. <br> <br>How thick/thin (what setting) do you use on the rollers? How dry/wet should the pasta be? I sense my pasta was a little dry going into the spaghetti roller, but not sure. <br> <br>TNW, the bowl of linguine I made was delicious! Thanks for a great article, and I look forward to trying again. <br> <br>Regards, <br> <br>Mac
If the rollers won't pick it up, its too dry. If the cutters don't cut through, its too wet.
I normally will roll the dough until I can just see through it for the spaghetti cutter but, you'll have to experiment a little bit with the thickness. Next batch you make divide your dough into smaller balls and then try several different thickness settings on each small batch and see which works best on the spaghetti cutter.<br><br>The pasta shouldn't be wet or sticky. it should feel kind of like cool smooth skin. After you make pasta a few times you'll know when the dough feels right.<br><br>Unless your pasta was cracking it probably wasn't too dry for the spaghetti cutter.<br><br>Good luck and thanks!
I tried this out yesterday and had really good results so thank you so much. <br><br>I tried a few pasta recipes and didn't like the consistency or the flavour so much. Yours, however, was brilliant. Really good to work with and a great flavour.<br><br>I actually made up some farfalle with the pasta but it was really good. I just threw all of the ingredients in the food processor and it worked really well.
Hi, your instructions were great step by step guide for making pasta. My daughter and I made this together for tea tonight and turned out great. It is a bit of hard work getting the dough (is that what you call it) going when you first roll but it seems it needs to be quite hard consistency because once rolled it is beautiful and silky smooth, not wet at all. So for those who had a bit of trouble, perservere, it is well worth it. I also made a big mess at the start, had no control over those eggs but just keep going and it will come together, it did add a bit extra egg because I was worried about adding too much water because I that makes it gluey. Finally, for those still reading a tip I found worked well (if you are hand rolling) I re rolled the pasta after cutting and the dough had relaxed a bit, a bit fidly but made the most beautiful silky soft pasta (hard to get iot thin enough otherwise) or perhaps you could wait a minute or two befor cutting and roll again once relaxed a bit. Any way that's enough rambling, felt the need to share. Thanks again. Jb
I just got a Ronco pasta machine off of Ebay. Love it.<br>:0)
This is not spaghetti, this is &quot;tagliatelle&quot;<br>regards from italy<br>Luca

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