The Best “Making Pasta” Tips

Home made pasta is the basis for any authentic Italian meal and learning how to make the best homemade pasta can determine whether or not you are a good chef or a great one! Taking tips from the pasta professionals – the Italians, is the best way in which you can make perfect pasta at home each time you attempt it!

A pasta machine is the best thing that any serious or budding chef can buy and the Imperia pasta machine is well known for being one of the best of it’s kind. However, the pasta can be rolled and shaped very easily at home and this brings us to our first “making pasta” tip. Chilling the dough for at least thirty minutes in the fridge will help the gluten “relax” and make it much more elastic, making it much easier to roll and shape.

Making the dough itself can sometimes be a challenge and if you are finding that your dough is too dry or too wet, there are a few things that you could do to resolve the pesky problem. If the dough is too wet, the simplest thing that you can do is to add more flour, but be careful with this as too much and it will become stodgy and rather unappealing. If the dough is too dry however, just add a little more of the egg mixture that you used to make the pasta, and hey presto! Before you know it, the pasta will be of the right consistency and the problem solved!

When you are using a pasta machine to perfect your pasta making technique, never try and save time by missing out a part of the rolling process. The rollers are adjustable on your pasta machine and this is so for a very good reason! The more you put your pasta through the rollers, the more consistent and thin your pasta dough will become, but by missing out on a vital step you run the risk of having lumpy pasta that cannot be salvaged! Do the job right the first time and these risks are eliminated.

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