by Tammy Taylor
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Once I began on my voluntary simplicity journey, I became interested in how to make for myself more of the items my family consumed. I knew by doing so it would be healthier, less expensive and gentler on the earth. I learned to make my own spice mixes and I cooked more from scratch. I learned to garden and how to make yogurt and pasta – I found much pride and enjoyment in learning old-time methods. And like many of the things I’ve learned to make myself, I was shocked at how easy and inexpensive pasta is to make and how few pantry-staple ingredients are involved. Had I really become so far removed from my food that I was under the misconception that it was too difficult to provide this for myself?? There are only 4 ingredients in my pasta recipe: Flour, Eggs, Salt and Water. Wanna be amazed? Let’s talk about how easily it all comes together.
I start by measuring two cups of all-purpose flour on my counter. Today I took advantage of the oregano I recently harvested & dried from my garden and I sprinkled about 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered dried oregano into the flour to add an additional zing of Italian flavor. I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stirred it all together with a fork.
Then I made a little well in the middle of my flour mountain and cracked an egg into it. I stirred the egg with my fork until it was mixed well, then I slowly added 1/2 cup water, stirring with my fork and gradually incorporating more & more flour until it became thicker. Finally I mixed it all together with my hands as it became a dough. I knead it until it’s smooth (maybe around 4 minutes) Now I divide the dough into 3 equalish pieces and cover it with a towel, allowing the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
After the dough has rested you can roll out the pasta dough and cut it to the length & width you like. You can accomplish that with a rolling pin and a knife, but I was given this * Pasta Machine years ago as a gift and I love it, so I typically use it instead. It’s helpful for two people to work the pasta roller: someone to feed the dough and catch the ribbon of pasta that comes out the bottom and someone to turn the crank, so this meal became a shared family activity for RancherMan & me here on the ranch. Love it!
My pasta maker has two different cutter widths, one for spaghetti noodles and one for fettuccine-sized noodles. But today I’m rolling the pasta dough into lasagna sheets so I can make delicious homemade ravioli for supper tonight. Of course I’ll make enough to freeze for future meals since I use the ‘Cook-Once Eat-Twice‘ method of cooking. Here’s my pasta recipe:
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Water
Measure 2 cups all-purpose flour on a counter and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and crack an egg into the center. Slowly add 1/2 cup water, mixing with a fork and gently incorporate the flour into the egg mixture a little at a time.
Once you have incorporated the flour with the fork, use your fingertips to blend the mixture well. If the dough seems too dry add 1/2 teaspoon of water, if it seems too wet and sticks to your fingers add a light dusting of flour.
Form a ball with the dough. Knead the pasta dough as you would bread dough, pushing down and away with the palm of your hand, turn the dough 1/2 turn, fold in half and press again with the palm of your hand. Repeat this movement until dough is smooth, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cut the dough into 3 equal sections, form each section into a ball and cover with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
After the dough has rested, flatten one of the dough balls until it’s about 1/2 inch thick and roll into the desired thickness. Then cut the dough into pasta. After cutting the dough, hang the pasta on a wooden dowel to dry. The pasta can be used right away or it will keep for about a week after thoroughly dried.
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