Don’t you love homemade spaghetti, it’s so much better than boxed. Have you made spaghetti from scratch? It’s easy peasy, if you have the best machine. I feel the best machine is the Kitchenaid with the pasta attachments. Serves 4
2 1/2 cups Italian-style “00” flour, unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour + some for dusting
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Semolina flour, for dusting pasta and surfaces
Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Make a “well” in the center of the flour and add eggs and oil. Using your hands, mix the eggs into the flour. Once throughly combined transfer it to a floured surface; knead unti smooth, flexible and not sticky. Do the poke test. If you poke a finger into the dough and it bounced back, it doesn’t have to be kneaded anymore. Cover with plastic wrap or a plastic bag with a ziplock closure and allow it to rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
Secure the pasta rolling attachment; using a bench scrapper cut your dough into 4 pieces. Only working with one piece at a time, keep the remaining pieces covered. Flatten the piece of dough then roll it through the machine on level 1 five time trifolding each time. Then levels 2-8 one time without folding. Flour if needed. You should have a long piece of dough. Lay out on a floured surface and cut into 12” long pieces. Repeat for the remaining 3 pieces.
Change the rolling attachment to the spaghetti cutting attachment. Take each 12” piece through the machine and place on a plate and “fluff” with semolina flour so the spaghetti noodles don’t stick together. Repeat with the rest of the 12” pieces.
Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat until boiling. Add pasta and stir to prevent spaghetti from sticking together. Boil until al dente, 2-3 minutes. Drain all but 1 cup of water. Add pasta to your sauce and mix well. See my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. Use reserve liquid if sauce needs to be loosened to coat pasta. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Top with your homemade meatballs. See my Homemade Pork and Beef Meatballs. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese. Yum Yum!
You need a Kitchenaid mixer with pasta attachments to make spaghetti noodles