John bought me an Atlas Pasta Machine for the holidays and we took it out for a first spin the other day. We made a basic dough recipe: 1.5 cups flour, 2 eggs, and a few drops of water in the food processor for about 30 seconds. (I’m not sure it can get any easier than that!)
Then, we followed the instruction manual’s advice and ran a few chunks of toss-away dough through the rollers first to clear out any residual ‘grit’ in the machine – this turned out to be a good idea because there were a few metal flecks in there from the manufacturing process.
Then, deciding on fettucine, we had a great time cranking out thinner and thinner sheets of pasta, and then running them through the cutter attachment. We placed them in boiling, salted water for about 3 minutes and WAH-LA – pasta! In fact, I think we might have made the noodles a bit TOO thin, they were somewhat papery, but they were really fresh and tasty with the (store-bought) five cheese red sauce. This pasta machine has already earned a prize spot in our appliance line-up – LOL.
Coming soon, our quest for the ultimate ravioli – stay tuned!