Everyone loves pasta, but to most of us it just appears in a nice shiny bag on the supermarket shelves–we have no idea how it is made. So how do you make pasta? Well, it’s really easy and actually only has 2 ingredients. It’s so simple.
We’ll take a look at how to make a basic pasta that you can make into whatever shape you want, and then we’ll make a nice filling so you can make some yummers butternut squash and sage ravioli (pasta parcels) if you have time.
Stuff You’ll Need
- 250g (2 cups) plain flour (00 flour is best but regular plain flour works too)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 tbsp chopped sage
- 100g (1 cup) grated cheese
Let’s Get Going – Making Pasta
NOTE: If you are making the ravioli, skip down to the ravioli filling section first. Instructions within there will tell you when to make the pasta.
4. If there’s is a pasta machine in your kitchen then it will make rolling the pasta dough much easier, but it’s not necessary. If using a rolling pin to roll out your dough, use really small amounts of dough at a time, and roll as thinly as you can.
You could cut your pasta into strips, cook it, and use your favourite pasta sauce right now and it would be delicious. Or you can carry on and make ravioli with us–just make sure to keep the pasta covered and refrigerated until you need it, otherwise it will dry out.
Did you Know?
There are over 650 types of pasta available in Italy. Pasta strips like those on the right are called linguine. What other pasta shapes can you name?
Making the Ravioli Filling
Heat your oven to 180c, 350f, gas 4.
1. Get your grown-up to cut the squash in half lengthwise and the garlic in half widthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds from the squash.
3. Turn the squash over, hiding a garlic half inside each squash half in the space where the seeds were. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes. While the veg is roasting, you can start to make the pasta.
These ravioli can keep well in the freezer and just be cooked whenever you need them (no need to defrost).