I started watching “Worst Cooks in America” a few years ago and after watching Chef Anne Burrell have the contestants make homemade pasta every season I finally decided to try it about 6 months ago. I am hooked!! I love it and it’s not very difficult, a bit time-consuming but not horrible with the right equipment.
So far I have only used Chef Anne’s recipe, but eventually will try more. I have made fettuccine, ravioli and lasagna with this recipe. The ravioli and lasagna had a butternut squash and goat cheese filling. The fettuccine I have made with a simple white sauce, browned butter sage sauce and just had them with butter and a bit of parm.
Last time I made them I froze half after it was cut I let it dry on my wood drying rack for about 30 minutes (I left it too long) and then curled them up in a nest and put on a parchment lined baking sheet and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours then transferred them to a gallon zipper bag. We used them a couple of days later for a quick meal, they only take about 5 minutes to cook from frozen.
The only change I make to the recipe is that I do the mixing in my KitchenAid mixer, not on the counter like the recipe instructs. I did make it on the counter the first time, but the kids distract me so much it makes it a bit harder and more time-consuming.
I have done the rolling/thinning with a rolling-pin (WAY TO MUCH WORK FOR ME), KitchenAid pasta roller attachment and a hand cranked pasta roller. Now I use the Kitchenaid roller attachment to get the dough to the right thickness and then the hand cranked pasta roller & cutter that I have for the cutting. I love the electric roller for the rolling process so I can use both my hands and it goes so much faster.
B and both girls love the pasta, and C loves to help make it.
I will try to do a new post with detailed instructions or a video as soon as I can, if you are interested let me know and I will make sure I get that done soon.