My parents often invited friends over for dinner when I was a kid. We had three meal plans that were routine whenever we had guests because we usually had all the necessary ingredients on hand, it was inexpensive and it always tasted great. The most popular of these dishes was homemade spaghetti. Both the pasta and the noodles were made from scratch. Mom’s meat sauce was always a hit and the aroma made my mouth water and my tummy growl well before it was time to set the table.
Dad took on the process of making the spaghetti; just about the time our guests arrived he had the dough rolled out and ready to go through the pasta cutter. Our guests were immediately intrigued by this process and began rolling up there sleeves to get in on the fun. Several occasions I remember hearing our guests express their surprise that pasta could be made at home and then, of course, they wanted to know where to get the pasta machine.
A 3-piece pasta roller and cutter attachment set for a KitchenAid mixer comes with a pasta roller and two cutters. The pasta roller flattens the dough to just the right thickness and assures the newly rolled sheet will fit in the next set of rollers. The fettuccine cutter cuts the dough into wide, hardy noodles that are excellent for alfredo or a thick meat sauce, while the Spaghetti cutter cuts round spaghetti noodles perfect for marinara sauce.
There are endless ways to make pasta. Try making whole wheat noodles or green noodles using spinach. For those with celiac disease making pasta at home is a great advantage because pasta can be made using gluten-free flour. Don’t be limited to Italian dishes either; try making noodles for an oriental meal or even chicken noodle soup.
Making pasta at home can be a lot of fun, it’s an opportunity to not only share a meal with your family but also the process of making it. Has anyone ever made homemade pasta before? What recipe did you use? How did it turn out?