Making Pasta By Hand
Today we were in the studio all day working on our sunflower collages (to be unveiled tomorrow night) but this afternoon we all took a break to learn how to make home-made pasta. Antoinetta makes fresh pasta for Adorno, the Chef at our Villa a couple days a week.
The first step to home made pasta is to mix flour, eggs, and water. That’s it. You have to have a “feel for it” according to Antoinetta, who’s been making pasta for over 60 years. She cracked them most amazing dark eggs with deep yellow yolks into flour and then added a little bit of water and mixed it up by hand.
I Knead You
The second step is kneading the dough until it becomes the proper consistency, again based on feeling. Antoinetta showed us how she does it, pointing and motioning, because she speaks no English. Another translation day for Our Fearless Leader, Pamela Haack.
Antoinetta cut sections off the ready-to-go dough for each student. The next step would be rolling it out into a thin pasta sheet with wooden dowels that look like table legs.
Cutting and Creating Noodles
The thickness of the cuts determines what the noodle is called. Thick or thin, call it what you want… just don’t call me late for pasta dinner. The Chef, Adorno, will be cooking the fruits of our labor for dinner tonight.
Antoineta shows us how to use the knife to cut noodles that are thick or thin. She even showed us hot to make ravioli and tortellini. Cutting needs to be consistently thin in order to make good noodles. Once all your cuts are made, you shake it out into noodles!
The students were having so much fun rolling out and learning to cut the pasta in to noodles, they were joking and laughing and having a great time learning about all the hand-made noodles, cooking time, straining, and storing in the freezer.
What a great lesson! We will be served this pasta for dinner, Chef Adorno will pair it with a wonderful sauce, as an appetizer.
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