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, all purpose
3 Eggs, large
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 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 haven’t seen the Mac and Cheese special that Kid Rock appears in on “Diners, Drive In’s and Dives“, then you’re in for a real treat! The Clarkston Union has a Macaroni and Cheese recipe that will knock your socks off. I’m talking about Classic Macaroni Pasta cooked with Creamy Layers of Cheddar Cheese, topped with Mozzarella, Bread Crumbs and then baked to perfection. You end up with tender creamy pasta, Stretchy Cheese and a light layered Mozzarella crunch, from the bread crumbs, with every bite you sink your teeth into. And, If that doesn’t sound good enough, believe this… I figured out how to make it from a box!
Mac and Cheese from a Box
Personally I’ve never been a real big fan of the standard box recipe, but my kids sure love it, and if it’s on the menu when we dine out for something a little more exotic than what kid taste buds are ready for, then we order it. I don’t know if you’re like me, though, anything my kids order, I usually try for myself. Usually when it comes to kids meals in restaurants, especially Mac and Cheese, I’m rarely impressed. And since Macaroni and Cheese is such a big deal for children, you would think that the recipe would be a little more perfected in restaurants by now. I mean, don’t you think it’s sad that a box of Kraft or even the “Generic” brand has got your local Chefs beat? Well not at Clarkston Union, and I’m going to show you how to take a regular box of Mac and Cheese and turn it into a Clarkston Union Style Macaroni.
Mac and Cheese Ingredients:
1 Box of Cooked Macaroni
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Chopped Onion (Optional)
1/4 cup of Butter
1/2 cup of Half and Half or Cream
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 Cheese packet
3 slices of Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 tbsp Bread Crumbs or Panko
Follow the Mac and Cheese box instructions to cook the Macaroni. Strain, add the olive oil and stir it all together. In a hot pan add the butter, then 1/4 cup (half) of the Half and Half or Cream (Also the onions if you’re using them). Add the dry ingredients, Nutmeg and Pepper. Bring to a boil and add a touch more of the cream just to calm the boil, then add the powdered cheese mix and then the Macaroni Pasta. Stir while adding the rest of the Half and Half. Be careful not to drown the pasta but be sure that it’s cream and not dried out when you are done stirring. Remove from the heat and add enough Mac and Cheese to cover the bottom of an oven dish. Add the Cheddar Cheese, then cover with the remaining Macaroni. Add the Mozzarella Cheese and Panko, then Bake at 425 degrees in the center of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the Mac and Cheese Cool for a few minutes then serve.