We’re all so excited to be hosting friends and family in our homes again and if you’ve been noodling around for an excuse to host a gathering, October 17 is National Pasta Day! Grab your apron and get back in your kitchen! There’s no better way to celebrate than cooking a homemade family-style Italian dinner for your guests.
Grab and a glass of wine and enjoy cooking in your spacious gourmet American Legend home kitchen! After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home. The main element to any Italian dinner is, of course, the pasta. If you’re feeling a little saucy, wow guests by making homemade pasta. Don’t worry it’s not as hard as it sounds and with plenty of countertop space, you’ll have more than enough room to spread out and prep your delicious meal!
Bust out your KitchenAid stand mixer and pasta attachment and get started! If you don’t have these kitchen accessories, no worries you can still make homemade pasta without them. Homemade pasta only requires a handful of basic ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand. You’ll need all-purpose flour, eggs, olive oil and salt. For the full recipe, click here.
How to Make Pasta
1. Make a nest with the flour on a clean work surface. Add the remaining ingredients to the center and use a fork to gently break up the eggs. Try to keep the flour walls intact as best as you can!
2. Use your hands to gently mix in the flour. Continue working the dough to bring it together into a shaggy ball.
3. Knead. The dough will feel dry at first but keep kneading. After 8-10 minutes it should become cohesive and smooth.
4. Shape it into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
5. After the dough rests, slice it into 4 pieces, then use a rolling pin or your hands to gently flatten one into an oval disk.
6. Next, run it through the widest setting of your pasta maker (level 1 on the KitchenAid attachment). If you don’t have the KitchenAid attachment, roll out the dough according to your pasta maker’s instructions.
7. Optional, fold the dough. You don’t have to, but it will make your final pasta sheet more rectangular, which will yield more long strands of pasta.
8. Once you’ve folded the dough, roll it out to your desired thickness. Repeat for remaining dough pieces.
9. Finally, cut and cook the pasta.
Enjoy your yummy pasta with marinara sauce, pesto, Alfredo sauce, olive oil or Parmesan cheese. The pastabilities are endless!
Guests will not only be impressed with your homemade pasta but also with your stunning kitchen! They won’t believe you spent the day cooking! Bon appétit or shall we say buon appetito!