Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Homemade Pasta Success

I have a confession. There is a steak house I’ve eaten at twice, and I’ve had the best pasta primavera in my life there, twice. What was so great about this pasta? Sure, it was a steak house, but it was also a restaurant that serves high-quality dishes, so the pasta, vegetables, and sauce were all fresh. I wonder if anyone else even orders this delicious dish, but they still put together a good meal. Maybe people who are trying to save a buck order it; at $20, it’s the cheapest dish on the menu. (I am trying to save a buck. The first time was during restaurant week, and the second time was after I had purchased a gift certificate at a discount.)


Homemade pasta with eggplant and tomato sauce, and broccoli.

I love pasta, and fresh pasta is much better than dried noodles. This was my second attempt at making my own fresh pasta, and it came out really well. I can certainly see that my practice is paying off, and it can only get better from here. I feel like I should put this gifted pasta roller attachment for my mixer to work more often.


Cut noodles drying. Not the prettiest arrangement, but I’m happy I had so many good noodles.

I used a recipe from Vegan Dad that is simply semolina, white flour, oil, and water. Most homemade pasta recipes include eggs, so what I liked about this one is that it simply omits them rather than trying to replace them. If you have the right equipment, this isn’t too difficult and is certainly a nice switch from dried pasta.

I’m putting more fresh pasta on my ever-growing, unwritten list of things to make again. Ravoli, maybe?


  1. I can't remember the last time I've been to a steak house. Actually, I can. I was in Texas with two friends, only one of whom ate meat. She wanted to do as the Texans do at least once - so we obliged. I had a potato, broccoli, and rice. I think you've found a winner! :) Ravioli would be fantastic!

  2. I love making homemade noodles, but they don't dry out well in Hawaii and attract a lot of bugs! I will have to try it out once I am in Nebraska :)

  3. That pasta dish looks and sounds so perfectly delicious! All the quintessential things I look for in a plate of pasta anyway! And, wow, your homemade pasta turned out like you had been making it for years! Very impressive; I'll be looking forward to more of your pasta creations in the future.

  4. It really looks great! I wasn't sure if it was the restaurant's pasta or your's, but it says 'homemade'.

  5. Way cool that you made your own pasta. My husband has been wanting to try making some. Are you sure you haven't been making pasta for a long time..ha You did a GREAT job!!! Your pasta dish looks and sounds so delish. I haven't been to a steak house in a long time, and my husband is chomping at the bits to go. Maybe when I give in, I will get lucky and they will have something like what you got.

  6. Thanks for the compliments. This was a 100% improvement over my first attempt and I think I'll be ready for more experiments soon.

    Carissa, I hope homemade noodles are worth the move to Nebraska. ;)

    Shen - Yes, I can see how my placement is confusing. Sometimes my mom finds typos or things she wants to edit in my blog and accuses me of writing and drinking. That photo is my prepared, homemade in my home, pasta.

  7. Oooh, I love fresh pasta but haven't had it in ages since the kind you can buy always has eggs. I need a fresh pasta attachment!!