Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sourdough Sharing - Pasta

This month's sourdough challenge was pasta.  I had made homemade pasta before so that was not a surprise.  The surprise was how lovely the dough turned out using sourdough.

I used this recipe and found it easy to work with.

Ingredients (I doubled the original recipe)
1 c sourdough
3 c flour
4 eggs

I used my Cuisinart with the bread hook to mix and knead the dough.  Pour sourdough into mixing bowl.  Mix in eggs and then flour.  I then set the timer to knead for 5 minutes.  I found the dough a bit sticky so I added a bit more flour.  The dough turned out lovely and soft.  I placed the dough in a greased bowl and let rest for several hours.


You can use a rolling pin to roll out the pasta but I have a pasta machine so used it.  Cut off a piece of the dough and flatten on a floured surface.  You need to keep the surface of the dough floured or it will stick. 
 

Roll the dough through the machine at the widest thickness (#7 on mine).  (Thanks to Barry for helping out so I could get pics!)
 

Flour both sides and keep putting it through the machine getting thinner each time.  (I stopped at #3 thickness)


I found the sourdough dough very easy to work with.  The other dough I made had a tendency to stick - it was hard to get enough flour on it.  With that dough, you needed a second person to help because you didn't have enough hands to roll the dough, turn the crank and hold the dough coming out so it wouldn't stick.  This dough just ran though the machine so easily that you can easily do it by yourself.
 
Now cut the dough into manageable lengths. 
 
 
I then ran it through the machine on the fettuccine cutter.  Mine only has two widths - fettuccine and spaghetti. 

 
Separate the noodles and place on pasta dryer, rack or flat surface to dry for storage, if you wish.


I dry the noodles and then break them in half and store them in a flat container.


 
Or you can boil up a batch and eat them immediately!  


I made mine into Fettuccine Alfredo using this sauce.  Homemade sauce and homemade sourdough pasta - YUM! YUM! YUM! What more can a person ask for?  ;)
 
Since the dough was so easy to work with - this will now be my regular pasta recipe.  Easy and tasty!  Enjoy!   ;)
 
 
 
Check out some of the other recipes below for April's Sourdough Surprises Challenge.
 
 



20 comments:

  1. I love your drying rack, Joan! And I completely agree, the dough is so easy to work with. Great stuff :)

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    1. Thanks! We loved it! FYI - I've got info on the drying rack in my next blog.

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  2. Great job! Call me if you need any help eating that pasta!

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    1. Thanks. It didn't last very long!

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  3. Awesome job on that! I wish I had that rack!

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    1. Thanks! FYI - I've got info on the drying rack in my next blog.

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  4. Yum, looks great! I Agree, this dough is so nice to work with. But the cut pasta definitely needs to be dried out - the first time I made it, I coiled the pasta into little nests and then by the time I was ready to cook it, all I had were clumps of stuck-together pasta...! I wish I'd had your awesome drying rack!

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    1. Yes I loved the dough! FYI - I've got info on the drying rack in my next blog.

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  5. Looks beautiful! I might have to get a drying rack like yours.

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  6. Fantastic job! I love how the sourdough adds an extra beauty to the dough, too! It is so easy to work with! And with homemade sauce? YUM!

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    1. Thanks! Yes I loved the dough and the sauce. Heavenly!

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  7. Looks wonderful....I definitely need to invest in a drying rack:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  8. Oh, your dough looks so perfect & I love the photos of all those pasta strands hanging to dry. Beautiful! I found the sourdough version much easier to handle too.

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised how quick and easy it all was.

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  9. I am covetous of your pasta-making equipment, but I just don't think I'd ever make enough pasta to justify the space it would take up in my cabinet.

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    1. I keep it in the porch with my canning and dehydrating equipment. But It doesn't take a lot of room because the dryer comes apart.

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  10. Soooo glad I came across your post!! This is my 1st time using my starter for anything other than bread, and this is by far the best pasta I EVER made!! And the dough is sooo easy to work with!! Thank you

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    1. Thanks. I love this pasta too - tasty and easy - what more could you ask for.

      I hope you try more recipes with your dough as there are many tasty sourdough recipes out there. Sourdough Surprises has a different category each month so you might like to try that.

      I notice that you live in Calgary, I lived there for ten years before moving here to Lillooet. Lovely city!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

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