Thursday, November 18, 2010

Homemade Noodles - completely by hand

I was lucky enough to get some Italian 00 pasta flour (sometimes it's good to be me) and of course I had to fo old-school and make the pasta entirely by hand.

I started with a pile of flour on the counter, about 2 cups. I made a well in the center of the pile of flour, and dropped in one egg yolk.

I broke the yolk and started mixing it with the flour, then added water and kept bringing in more of the flour a little at a time until al the flour was incorporated and I had a nice stiff dough.

I floured the counter lightly, and kneaded the dough until it was smooth and then wrapped it up and let it sit while I worked on other things.

I floured the counter again and rolled the dough out to an reasonable thickness, then rolled it up and cut it into strips.

I unrolled the strips, dusted them with flour to keep them from sticking, and left the on the countertop until I was ready to cook.

For the sauce, I made a light creamy mushroom sauce.

These were darned good noodles - the kind of noodles that don't need a whole lot of sauce.


Anonymous said...

That looks awesome! How do you make the mushroom sauce/

Donna Currie said...

The mushroom sauce was based on a basic cream gravy, but I started by sauteeing the mushrooms in butter and olive oil first, added the flour to make the roux, and then milk to make the gravy. I added a little bit of sour cream for a little more tang. Sort of like a mushroom stroganoff-like sauce.

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