How to make pasta, according to a chef and Food Network consultant

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Regardless of whether you’re using a pasta machine or rolling your noodles out by hand, you can make your own pasta easily at home.
While most recipes call for semolina flour, our recipe requires all-purpose flour, which you probably have in your pantry at home.
We spoke to Chef Dane Hiett, who shared with us his go-to pasta dough recipe, that you can use to roll out pasta by hand or on a machine.
Read more: The best KitchenAid stand mixers

Homemade pasta is one of those things that seem complicated to pull off. And with all that flour and egg, it can be easy to make a huge mess in your kitchen.

But whether you’ve been trying to recreate a delicious pasta dish from your favorite Italian restaurant, or were gifted a pasta-making attachment for your stand mixer, you may feel like the time is right to test the (heavily-salted) waters of DIY pasta.

Truthfully, it’s not all that hard to do. “It’s not as complex as baking, but it does have a similar end result,” says chef Dane Hiett, owner of Chef Dane’s Kitchen, a full-service, luxury catering business in Colorado. He spent eight years with the Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA, and served as a consultant on the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible.

Since there is dough involved, you might think that pasta is as complicated as, let’s say, bread. And while Hiett admits that making pasta is very precise, there is more room for adjustments along the way. “At the end of the day, I can see the pasta as I’m making it, and I can taste it and tweak it if needed,” he says.

There’s also a ton of room for customization based on your preferences. “For example, you could use almond milk or milk instead of water,” Hiett says.

And while you could use the Italian nonna technique of making a well in a pile of flour and scrambling your eggs into it, Hiett’s recipe is decidedly less fussy. “I make the whole thing in a Kitchenaid with a dough hook,” he says. And if you then go on to use the pasta-making KitchenAid attachment, you could have perfectly-made pasta without making a huge mess. Check out our guides to the best KitchenAid mixers and attachments if you need a head-start on your pasta adventure.

What to keep in mind before making pasta

Like with baking bread, there are a few things you want to keep top of mind. The most important thing is to ensure your dough isn’t too wet, according to Hiett. “This will make it difficult to feed through the pasta machine,” he says. “But that’s an easy fix, where you rub it down with more flour and run it through again.” Make sure you’re using a light touch, though, because you don’t want to go overboard and cause the pasta to cake.

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Source:: Business Insider


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