On Mother’s Day we had a lot of fun. We decided to make fettuccine. Our dinner was already cooking (a beef roast, chard from the garden, carrots, mashed potatoes), but thought we would make some pasta just for fun and freeze it for another time.
We put the flour, eggs, oil, and water in the Kitchen Aid mixer bowl and let the dough hook mix it up to form a ball of dough that was not dry, but not sticky either. We let it rest about half an hour and then cut it up into eight pieces.
After pressing the pieces flat we passed them through the roller attachment on the Kitchen Aid, first on setting #1 and then on #2 and again on #6. By the third pass, the dough was thin enough.
We set the flattened dough on a floured board and changed the attachment to one that would cut strips about 3/8 of an inch wide (I’m guessing). The sheets of dough were then passed through the roller, with the mixer at a slightly higher speed.
Once the fettuccine came out of the roller, cut into strips, it was important to dust those strips with flour so the ribbons of dough didn’t stick to each other.
The last sheet was ready to pass through the roller.
Quick and easy and fun to make, this fettuccine is not perfect, but we know the ingredients that are in it, and I like to know what I’m eating.
We put most of the fettuccine on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, to freeze and later put in ziploc bags, but it looked so good that we decided to boil a small pot of fettuccine to have alongside the potatoes, roast, and gravy.
It was delicious and, best of all, we had fun making it.