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Expand Your Homemade Pasta-bilities with a Pasta Machine

Fresh, homemade pasta claims a well-deserved spot on the list of life's most extraordinary indulgences. Because while dry pasta gets the job done, fresh pasta takes a ho-hum dish to new levels of decadence. But does fresh pasta really...

Fresh, homemade pasta claims a well-deserved spot on the list of life's most extraordinary indulgences. Because while dry pasta gets the job done, fresh pasta takes a ho-hum dish to new levels of decadence. But does fresh pasta really have to be saved for special occasions or meals at upscale Italian restaurants? Savvy home chefs know their own fresh pasta is within easy reach with the addition of one amazing tool to their culinary arsenal. Let's take a closer look at the ways in which a pasta machine can help elevate your epicurean offerings.

 

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Pasta Making 101

Sure you can make fresh pasta without a pasta machine, but the process is time-consuming and arduous. A pasta machine, however, infinitely improves upon the process while churning out firm, succulent, restaurant-quality pasta.

Think homemade pasta is hard to make? Think again. Recipes are basic -- most consisting of just three ingredients: plain flour, eggs, and just a pinch of salt. Different chefs rely on different mixtures and proportions of these components so feel free experiment until you find the recipe you like best. Generally, recipes containing eggs have a richer flavor, while those with fewer eggs yields a lighter final product.

One rule of thumb? Whether you're making pappardelle and tagliatelle or gnocchi and ravioli, always use the finest ingredients available for the most delicious and satisfying results.

And make sure to allow yourself plenty of time for kneading. While you may be surprised to discover just how easy it is to make your own pasta using a pasta machine, ample kneading time is an essential part of the process.

Pasta Making for People With Gluten Intolerance

Think pasta machines are purely the domain of people without food allergies or intolerances? Think again. Rather than hoping that your local restaurant's offerings are truly gluten free, it's entirely possible to make your own simple, gluten-free dough at home.

Make sure to check out Jamie Oliver's easy yet amazing recipe for gluten-free pasta dough, which can be used as a superior alternative to store-bought gluten-free pasta offerings to make everything from zesty, lemony tuna bucatini to the Spanish-inspired chorizo carbonara.

Time-Saving Tips

While buying boxed pasta may be the quickest way to go, it's far from the most delicious. Not to mention that there are ways to trim both costs and time when it comes to making your own pasta.

Our favorite trick? Whip up an extra big batch, lightly flour the pasta and lay it on freezer size trays. Pop it into the freezer until it's just set, remove, and repack into air-tight, portion-size containers. Defrost by dropping frozen pasta directly into boiling water. (Tip: head off sticking by using extra water to keep the temperature constant when the frozen pasta is added.)

 

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From freezer to pot to plate.

 

When was the last time you enjoyed the unmistakable flavor of fresh, homemade pasta? Lucky for you, you don't need a trip to Italy to dig into a luscious plate of just-made pasta. All you need is a pasta machine from Cilantro: The Cooks Shop and you'll be ready to whip up your own pasta, pronto!