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Homemade Pasta from Scratch

30 Mar

As you all know, I performed a cooking demo in front of other students last week for my Culinary Arts Student Union club (CASU), showing them how to make pasta from scratch. But I never got to give all of you the details as to how YOU can do it too! So I decided I would take today to do exactly that so that you can make this delicious, better-than-you-would-get-at-an-italian-restaurant, pasta yourself!

It is SO simple. you really only need three ingredients for the pasta itself, and NO special machinery, just a simple roller, and knife to cut the dough with.

First step:(If not wanting to do it the true Italian way, you can simply mix all these things in a bowl for less of a mess!) Take two cups of flour and put on counter, making a volcano type shape so you have a “pit” that will hold your eggs. Crack two eggs into the “pit” of flour, add a touch of olive oil, and begin to slowly beat it all together, incorporating the flour little by little from the sides, without breaking the barrier completely so that the liquid does not run out. As it gets thicker and more “dough-like”, you won’t have to be careful anymore, and can incorporate the rest of the flour until a ball forms.

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Step 2: Knead dough by folding it over on itself, and then pressing in with the heels of your hand. Repeat until the dough is pliable and has been thoroughly kneaded.

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Step 3: Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until desired pasta thickness

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Step 4: Roll the flattened dough up into a log shape, and then cut the log width-wise.

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Step 5: Unravel the cut up pieces from the “log”, and prepare boiling water on stove with a touch of salt

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Step 6: Place pieces of dough into boiling water, and cook until done!

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Step 7: Prepare any toppings you would like, such as these veggies which we cut up and sauteed in a pan.

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Step 8: Serve veggies over freshly cooked pasta, top with any cheese or sauce you may want (we drizzled olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and topped with veggies+shredded Parmesan cheese). Mix and allow all the flavors to combine and the cheese to slightly melt. Enjoy!

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I hope you all will give this a try! It is so much fun to do, and it’s a delicious, easy, and healthy meal!

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My First Cooking Demo Class

25 Mar

Wow, where do I even start! I guess I can begin by telling you first that a few others and myself just established a culinary arts club at my college, University of Florida, at the beginning of this Spring semester. Yesterday, we had our first cooking demo in front of other students! It was so much fun. As the food director, I create the recipes, and preform the actual cooking in front of the students. Last night, we decided to make homemade pasta (yes, completely homemade!), and a combo of both tofu, and shrimp spring rolls.

It was such a great experience! It was my first time having to cook in front of others while instructing them how to make it themselves. The other executive board members took part in it as well. I was mostly in charge of making the pasta, rolling it out, and cutting it.

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My one friend Kim, cooked the shrimp and tofu, and then prepared the spring rolls.

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And the other members helped with all the additional preparations, like the sauteed veggies that were later mixed in with the cooked pasta, and the yummy and delicious sauce for dipping the spring rolls in, made of coconut cream, Hoisen sauce, creamy peanut butter, and much more!

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Overall it was a great night! Of course some stress beforehand with preparations and getting everything together for an event like this, but that’s what begins the adrenaline and allows everything to proceed with excitement!

Recipes for the homemade pasta and spring rolls will be up soon:) Until then, keep letting me know of anything you would like to see! As it is all of you that make this site what it is :)