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Making Homemade Fresh Pasta Noodles

Several months ago, my husband gave me the gift of a KitchenAid pasta maker attachment. To be honest with you, I was excited, but a little intimidated. I’m not sure why, but making your own pasta just seemed like it would be quite the process. I’ve made my moms homemade egg noodles for her delicious and oh so easy Chicken and Noodles recipe, but the thought of actual shaped pasta? It just seemed like it would be more trouble than it was worth.

I’m here to fess up to you all… I was wrong. I found out yesterday that making homemade pasta using the KitchenAid pasta attachment is…

(that says Fun, if you aren’t fluent in pasta)

You should have seen how excited I was when my little pieces of rigatoni were all laid out. I felt like I had accomplished something really huge. Oh…and do you want to know a little secret? It was beyond easy. I won’t tell that to just anyone because I want there to be some big gasp of amazement when they hear that I made my own pasta, but I feel like we’re friends…you can know that making homemade pasta using the KitchenAid attachment is about as simple as it gets.

Oh – can I tell you one more thing? I made an Italian Chicken and Pasta dish using the homemade Rigatoni noodles and it was so good. It may have just been me, but knowing that I made the pasta from scratch just made the dish all that much better! (I’ll share that recipe with you later in the week, I promise!)

What are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and have some fun making your own homemade, fresh pasta noodles. You’ll love it, I promise!

Recipe: KitchenAid Basic Egg Noodle Pasta (from the KitchenAid instruction manual)

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Place flour into the mixer bowl. Turn your mixer on to speed 2 with the flat beater attached.
  2. Gradually add the eggs, water and the salt and mix for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the flat beater and attach the dough hook. Turn to speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes
  4. Dough will be crumbly… you may need to add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the dough takes on a more firm consistency.
  5. Dump dough out onto a slightly floured bread board. Knead dough by hand then shape into walnut size balls to extrude through the KitchenAid attachment. (Please follow instruction manual for additional instructions)

Linking this up to the I’m Lovin’ It roundup over at TidyMom!




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Comments

  1. I have the older ones (the pasta roller plus the noodle ones). I haven’t been able to get them to work yet! Maybe I should sell them and buy one of these!

  2. This pasta looks great, I would be very impressed with myself if I managed to make my own pasta. I can’t wait to see your Italian Chicken and Pasta recipe.

  3. This convinced me that it’s time to get a KitchenAid pasta maker attachment!

  4. How sweet of your hubs to get you that fabulous kitchen toy :) Nothing like homemade pasta. Packaged could never taste anything like it. I bet your kids love helping with this one. xo

  5. I bet these are great!! I don’t have this attachment, and am officially green with envy.

  6. OK, Kristen….this post is making me giddy. Homemade PASTA?!? I have seen the attachment, but never even considered buying it b/c I thought it would be to difficult to do. Oh my gosh….I think I see homemade pasta in our future. :) So excited!

  7. You make it sound so easy! I’ve been to chicken to try. I’ve got a question regarding the attachment. What other shapes does it make?

  8. I am also a bit intimidated by homemade pasta, but have always wanted to try. This looks amazing!!

  9. Your pasta looks fabulous! I don’t have the KA attachment, but I do have a pasta roller, and I just love making homemade ravioli and linguine. Now I’m craving some homemade pasta again!

  10. I honestly should dust off my pasta maker, bought one years and years ago and haven’t used it in forever. Can’t remember why I have stuck it away, there really isn’t anything better than homemade pasta. Thanks for the post today, to the basement I shall go and see if I can find mine, haha!

  11. I, too, got this attachment for my birthday. The first time I used it, the ring that holds the die in place cracked in half. Kitchen Aid says the part is out of stock, and doesn’t know if or when it will come in. I feel like tossing it into the garbage. I hope you have better luck then I did.

  12. gotta love homemade anything – but pasta – it’s just the most delicious thing ever…

  13. I have been deliberating if I should get this… I guess you’ve just removed all my doubts!

  14. That attachment looks soooooooo fun! I’ve made homemade pasta but only at a cooking class, and have never mustered upmthe energy to make it again. You’re tempting me though with those pretzelmbites, I need to figure out if I could do it without the bread machine. I love that you love gadgets, I do too!

  15. Homemade pasta is my favourite thing to make! But I’ve never done shapes, looks awesome!

  16. My daughters gifted me with this attachment and it is still in the box. Why? What is the matter with me. Thank you for the truckload of inspiration here!
    :)
    Valerie

  17. Love those noodles! Homemade everything just tastes better to me – well, except for Starbucks.

  18. I have this attachment. I got it a few months ago and yet to even open it. I love how beautiful yours turned out! I’m so encouraged to try mine, especially after reading how much your little one loved it. This is going to be a great little dinner project for me and my little guy! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Making fresh pastas at home is a luxury to be enjoyed by everyone.

    If you love your pasta, the best is to make your own pasta at home. You can either get a manual pastamaker or an automatic one.

    With a pasta machine, you can experiment with different types of pasta shapes, ingredients and fillings. Freshly made pastas are able to absorb the sauces better too.

    Bon Appetito
    Nora Jeanne
    Pastamaker

  20. Christine says:

    My hubby bought me the KitchenAid pasta attachment for Christmas and I LOVE IT. The thought of making homemade pasta just seemed too intimidating to me, but now, I will never go back to boxed pasta again. What could be easier, or taste better than a homemade pasta tossed with garlic and olive oil? So quick, easy and super tasting. Plus, no one needs to know that you didn’t spend hours in the kitchen.

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