Thursday, March 14, 2013

Homemade Semolina Pasta

My wonderful married daughter wanted to spend the day with me after she got out of meetings. So, when she arrived we agreed we wanted to make some fettuccine, from scratch.
Yup. We did!
 Before we started, I had purchased semolina flour from Surfas Culinary District. It is not a type of flour that is commonly carried elsewhere....
First, we assembled the pasta drying rack that I had found, unused at a thrift store....
Then we mixed the dough and kneaded it into a beautiful little ball. We divided the dough into 8 sections.
Then,  we flattened the sections into disks that could go into this pasta roller, it runs the dough through and makes the sections long and thin.
 These segments went through the fettuccine cutter....

Here is our pasta on the drying rack, where it stayed while we went to the market and bought big scallops to go with our pasta.
We then cooked the pasta....
While the water had come to a boil(about 20 mins) to cook the pasta (which only took 8 minutes), we cooked up an onion, red bell pepper and then the scallops with white wine....

They were huge scallops! And they were on sale at the store, so we couldn't pass them up...and it was all so yummy!
My other daughter came over after work and joined us for dinner, and since Hubby was at a meeting, it was a delightful "girl's evening" with just my daughters!
What fun we had!
Making pasta is a treat. It is more delicious that dry pasta you get at store, but it is time consuming.
It took about 40 mins or so to make it from scratch.
There were two of us, it does work better with two....
 I had read somewhere that letting it dry a bit before cooking allows it to stay together when cooking, so that takes some time too.
It was a great way to spend time with my daughter and get caught up on what is going on in her life.
Hope you try fresh homemade pasta sometime....
Nancy

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