I HAVE MADE PASTA!
I was really excited but also apprehensive about this week, after last week’s pancake setbacks!
With Ben back by my side I was sure he would continue working his magic and prevent a pasta disaster and make me a master!
I gathered all my ingredients together (having popped to the shops to get the previously unheard of OO flour!) and began. I had a little issue - despite measuring out a tablespoon of oil and using 3 medium eggs, my dough didn’t combine together like in the video but using my skills learnt from the pizza and pastry dough, I knew to add a bit more oil and water until I had a decent dough. 10 minutes of sweat free kneading (courtesy of the amazing Kenwood chef) was soon up so in to the fridge it went for chilling.
Meanwhile, I excitedly put on my pasta attachment dusting it with flour so it was ready and waiting for the part where it looked like you needed to be an octopus to manage all those rolls of pasta!
30 minutes was soon up and I halved the pasta dough. And started to feed it through the pasta attachment on the Kenwood Chef, I worked through the different gears until gear 8 was completed. To my amazement, I had a piece resembling pasta! As a previous disaster chef, I have made pasta! Before this challenge I didn’t even know what Papperdelle was!
I used minimum speed and this was fast enough for me to cope with whilst I got the hang of it. I originally was only going to do half and save the other half for another day but I was having so much fun, I did the whole lot! Having turned my clothes dryer into a very effective pasta airer, I got on with the sauce.
Ben’s tip for dicing the onion and garlic were genius - a little more practice definitely needed but my pieces were mainly fine!
Once the onion had sweated itself, I added the wine, garlic and tomatoes (luck would have it that my mum had dropped some home grown cherry tomatoes in earlier in the week so they were perfect for this sauce.) They bubbled away and were soon soft and squishy. I made sure that all their lovely juices were in the sauce then added the basil for the finishing touches.
When I drained my pasta I was slightly concerned as it seemed rather anaemic (I guess I am used to yellow shop bought pasta) and very sticky but I added the olive oil as instructed and served it up as quickly as I could. I was desperate to try it!
The verdict = it was amazing, it tasted so good, not sticky and really light and the sauce was rather tasty too. It felt very healthy after the last couple of weeks of yummy Béchamel sauce.
I already have a friend coming round for lunch on Monday for homemade pasta, which is sat ready and waiting in the fridge. She is a good friend and tells it as it is, so I will have a good judge in her!
I am so relieved last week was just a bit of a blip! Can’t wait for next week!!
Thanks Team Kenwood, I am still in a state of shock that I HAVE MADE PASTA!!!