How to make Pasta – Ravioli Sheets, Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta

How to make Pasta

 

How to Make Pasta Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to show you how to make pasta for quite some time now.  Mostly because I have yet to see a real good video tutorial that shows you, step by step, exactly how to do it.  So I put together this “fool proof” recipe that will teach you how to make the dough, understand it’s texture and know for sure when it is ready.  Once you understand this concept, you will make great pasta.  With out it, you will fail and most likely end up frustrated or, worse, possibly end up hating the whole procedure altogether  But the fact is, fresh pasta tastes 10 times better than dehydrated and once you see how easy this is you’ll never go back.

Another great thing about this recipe and the way I show you how to make pasta is that you can freeze the noodles in bunch’s or the dough in bulk.  And if you want to defeat the purpose of making fresh pasta, in the first place, you can hang the noodles out on a rack and let them dry, if you want, when they’re done.

My How to make Pasta video

This, “How to make Pasta” video recipe will show you how to make Ravioli or Lasagna Noodle sheets first, then Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta.  If you’re interested in some of my sauce recipes for these noodles check out my Alfredo Sauce(Olive Garden’s), Lobster Ravioli Sauce and my Alfredo and Cheese Sauce.

How to make Pasta Ingredients:

2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp olive oil
1 pinch Salt

Add a few drops of water, to the dough, as needed and knead the dough for 5 to 8 minutes before rolling it out into sheets and cutting out the noodles.  The pasta only needs to be cooked for a few minutes in seasoned boiling water before serving.  But be sure to watch my video, How to make Pasta – Ravioli Sheets, Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta, so that you will understand exactly what to do.

Pasta Carbonara

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The Best Pasta Carbonara is Americanized

Pasta Carbonara is a delicious Italian recipe that can virtually be made with just about any pasta.  In this recipe I’m using Penne but feel free to substitute Spaghetti, Linguine or whatever else your favorite pasta might be.  One of the other main ingredients is Pancetta.  If you don’t know what this is, the best way to describe it is comparing it to bacon.  It’s generally around the same cut of meat and it’s treated the same.  The major difference is it’s a thicker slice more like ham.  But the flavor, as you can imagine just really sets this dish off.  The Carbonara sauce itself is just egg yolks with a dash of pepper and fresh grated Parmesan Cheese.  So if you think about the bulk of these ingredients with a clove of chopped garlic and some sliced leak, which is pretty much a mild spring onion, then your really talking about a great recipe!

Pasta Carbonara Nazi’s!

This Pasta Carbonara is one of those recipes that every single Italian in the world thinks they know about.  I’ve had everyone and they’re dog try to give me advice on how to make this differently and every single opinion has been completely different from the next.  So I look at this like a Hamburger.  Am I American?  Yes!  Did I invent the Hamburger?  No!  Are there hundreds of different ways to make one?  Absolutely, so don’t be scared to dive right in and try this version of this recipe because it’s delicious and you won’t regret it!

If you’re looking for more pasta ideas, I’ve got tons of them.  But for now, be sure to check out my Spaghetti Squash Pasta and my Lobster Sauce recipe.  And if you want to learn How to make fresh Pasta, you better click the link.

Pasta Carbonara Ingredients:

2 Cups Penne Pasta or your favorite
1/2 cup Fresh Parmesan, grated
1/2 cup Pancetta or Bacon, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
2 tbsp Leak, chopped
3 egg yolks, whipped
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Butter

Follow my video tutorial for this Pasta Carbonara recipe and enjoy the results.

How to Make Italian Sausage

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You’re going to love learning How to Make Italian Sausage.  This is, of course, a sweet and spicy recipe that can be easily adjusted to your specific tastes and, most importantly, reveals the secret to actually making it taste like sausage instead of just seasoned ground pork.

The secret lies in 3 places.  First, the sausage has got to have a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 parts meat and 1 part Fat and in this particular case it’s 2 parts Pork Picnic Shoulder Muscle(which is very tender) and 1 part Bacon or Fat Back.  If you’re wondering what Fat Back is, it’s just exactly what it sounds like; the Fat in the back of the pig; which is where bacon is derived from anyway so why not just use bacon.  Plus, for me personally, I can’t get Fat Back where I live without ordering a minimum of 60 lbs and I’ll never make that much sausage.

The Second secret is the ingredients.  This means any kind of sausage you want to make, whether it be Breakfast, Italian, or Chorizo etc., will all depend on the ingredients, or seasonings, going into the 2 to 1 ratio.

The Third thing is all about the binder.  The binder is what fuses the meat and ingredients together and keeps them from falling apart.  I’ve also found that it’s a big part of the the seasoning which also effects the performance in the sausage when it cooks.

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For example:  Most Italian Sausage recipes add a red wine and vinegar combination as a binder, which is fine, but this creates a bitter taste so you have to compensate with a sweetener, like sugar.  But I have found that Corn Syrup works even better and I add Vegetable Shortening.  Why the Shortening?  Cooking the sausage without it leaves the meat very dry.  It leaves an added quality to the sausage that improves the flavor and adds a moist tenderness to the meat when it’s done.

If you’re interested in more of my recipes with sausage in them, check out my Egg Noodle Lasagna and my Spaghetti with Meatballs.

Italian Sausage Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork shoulder Cusion Meat
1 lbs Bacon
6 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Parsly, chopped
1 tbsp Fennel Seed
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tbsp Red Chili Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste, approximately 1/2 tbsp of each

Binders

1/3 cup Corn Syrup
1/4 cup Vegetable Shortening