Using a Pasta Machine to Roll & Cut

Introduction: Using a Pasta Machine to Roll & Cut

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."

- Sophia Loren

Now that the dough has rested for the allotted time, we're going to roll and cut it using a pasta machine. It is possible to roll the dough using a rolling pin, but that technique takes a lot of practice and elbow grease and can be frustrating for beginners. That's why I've chosen to use a pasta machine for this class - it's easy and fun to use!


What You'll Learn in This Video Lesson:

  • How to roll out sheets of dough to any thickness using a pasta machine.
  • How to cut fettuccine and tagliolini using a pasta machine.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Attach the pasta machine to the work surface to the right of you, so that the pasta sheets roll out towards you.
  • Make sure the clamp is securely fastened to the work surface.
  • Knead the unwrapped dough a few times to work in moisture that has risen to the surface.
  • Make sure the machine is on it's widest setting to start.
  • Let sheets rest for 10 seconds in between passes.
  • Allow finished sheets to dry uncovered for 7-10 minutes until they are leather hard, before cutting.
  • Use pasta within 1 hour of cutting or store for future use. (I show you how to do this in Lesson 6)

Quiz Time!

Once you've watched the video lesson, put your knowledge to the test! Take the quizzes below and see how you do.

{
    "id": "quiz-1",
    "question": "On what side should you attach the pasta machine to roll out the dough sheets?",
    "answers": [
        {
            "title": "Your RIGHT side",
            "correct": true
        },
        {
            "title": "Your LEFT side",
            "correct": false
        }
    ],
    "correctNotice": "You're right! You want the sheets to roll out towards you as you crank the dough through to easier manage their floppiness. :)",
    "incorrectNotice": "I'm afraid that's not right. You want the sheets to roll out towards you as you crank the dough through to easier manage their floppiness. :) "
}
{
    "id": "quiz-2",
    "question": "What setting should your rollers be on before starting to roll the dough into sheets?",
    "answers": [
        {
            "title": "Narrowest",
            "correct": false
        },
        {
            "title": "Widest",
            "correct": true
        }
    ],
    "correctNotice": "That's right! The rolling is traumatic for the dough, so you want to ease it into the process as gradually as possible.",
    "incorrectNotice": "I'm afraid not. The rolling is traumatic for the dough, so you want to ease it into the process as gradually as possible."
}
{
    "id": "quiz-3",
    "question": "How many seconds should you let the dough sheets rest for in between roller settings?",
    "answers": [
        {
            "title": "Zero",
            "correct": false
        },
        {
            "title": "5",
            "correct": false
        },
 	{
            "title": "10",
            "correct": true
        }
    ],
    "correctNotice": "You're a superstar! Letting the sheets rest for at least 10 seconds between roller settings will help prevent tearing.",
    "incorrectNotice": "Nope! Letting the sheets rest for at least 10 seconds between roller settings will help prevent tearing. "
}

CLASS PROJECT

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