29 Sep 2017

Easy Meals: Easy Peasy Pasta - cooking with children

Easy Pasta Cooking with Children

When hubby and I first started out living together I was always cooking food from scratch and learning new skills...I was in training to be a wifey. Well in the years since, I'm still into cooking from fresh ingredients but well, I've sort of neglected the more fiddly makes and bakes and stick to what I know.

I've owned a pasta machine for a few years now and I used to regularly make Hubby fresh pasta for dinner and would make all these wonderful creations of stuffed ravioli which I would proudly cook like a perfect Stepford wife (yes this was before kids when I had all the time in the world).But I've realised that making beautiful plain pasta shapes couldn't be simpler and besides my kids now won't eat anything that (to me) looks mildly healthy. We also have started making the pasta together and it is so easy and fun thing to do.

 




You will need:
100g plain flour (as a guide I do 100g per person)
1 egg

(so just increase the quantity per person on the egg and flour)


How to make:
Put the flour into a bowl and make a small well in the middle (add a pinch of salt too).

Drop egg in the middle and mix the sides inwards with a fork until it's all mixed in (keep at it as this doesn't happen instantly).
Then get your hands in and squidge (yes that is a technical term) the mixture together, kneed until it is like play dough in consistency.This is the bit the kids love.

Let the ball rest for 30 mins in a bowl with clingfilm over the top.

Now you don't need a pasta machine, it just does the job a bit quicker, you can use a rolling pin to get the dough thin (not quite see through). It also doesn't matter on the level of thickness, it's up to you really.
You can see the spots through the pasta
Then lightly cover your surface with semolina so the dough doesn't stick (or use a bit of flour instead but go easy so it doesn't dry the pasta out. I laid mine out and cut with a pizza cutter into rectangles (small ones as pasta swells in pan). Pinch it in the middle and you have lovely little (or in my case, rather large) bows.
I made homemade pesto (which is also so easy that it's almost silly) and added shredded courgette, asparagus and peas to the mix. But for the kids I kept it simple and added just a small bit of butter to the mix as they shun all vegetables and flavours at the moment.



I won an amazing book recently with lots of authentic homemade pasta recipes which I will do a book review on.
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