Make homemade pasta and Bolognese sauce

Flour + Eggs = Pasta

No need for a special recipe or equipment. 
It's back to basics here. 

Dust your work surface with flour before you begin. Keep that flour bucket handy, every now and then you may need a bit more.

1. Pour some flour out and add a few eggs to create a thick consistency. 

If you're a stickler for measuring, the "Cooking Italian" cookbook I own recommends this recipe: 

 6 large eggs, 1 pound flour

Mash it with your fingers until it is all incorporated. 

Knead it for a while.
This develops the gluten in the flour, for that lovely "al dente" bite. 
If you don't knead, your dough will be flabby and soft. (eeewwwe!)

Let's not talk flabby anymore, okay?

Roll it out. I lost my rolling pin, so we used a big thermos. Ghetto fabulous, baby.

"Make it work" as Tim Gunn would say.

Keep rolling it out, flattening it to about 1/8 inch thickness. In this picture it is still too thick.
Need a visual? Thick as a nail file. 

Once it's super flattened and huge like this, hang it up to "dry".

Hang it over a broom (that you have wiped clean first,) and prop it up on two chairs. This allows air to flow through it like pinning clothes on a clothesline. It needs to become semi-dry, but without cracks.

She's picture ready all the time, even in the kitchen. The luck!

Flip it over and let it dry a bit again. The key is a "leather consistency" here. Enlist somebody to help.

After it is ready, (a few hours in most cases, unless you live in the desert,) place it back on the table - after refreshing your table with flour, and cut it into managable rectangles. 
Then you will roll these rectangles up, and cut them as below demonstrates.

We cut tagliatelle. 

Also called "tallarines" in Spanish. 
(Allison is Uruguayan, so exotic ...)

Separate it all out and "toss" lightly so that the little stringy bits are not stuck to one another.

Once you are ready to cook it, boil water with a good pinch of salt. Then once it is a rolling boil, throw in the pasta. It will only take a few minutes, do not leave the area. Fresh pasta cooks super fast. (Really.)

It will float to the top when it's done cooking. Taste it. 
Is it al dente yet?  

Now for the sauce. 

Allison's Bolognese Sauce:

2 containers of high quality Italian sieved tomatoes
1 pound high quality organic beef
3 bay leaves
healthy dose of red wine (1 cup)
milk (1/2 cup)
garlic clove (I use 3-4)
fresh thyme
fresh basil
white onion (I only had red on this day)
course sea salt to taste
2 cups water 

If you want to mince the garlic, go on. If you microwave the bulb for 20 seconds before peeling, the skin will fall off effortlessly. (That's a trick I learned from my mama.)

Did I mention I LOVE garlic? 
I sometimes eat it raw, sliced, with cheddar cheese. Yum yum.

In my absent mindedness, I forgot to take pictures of the sauteing portion and cooking it in the pan. 
The following are my "lazy cook" pictures. 

(Perdoname Allison ;)  Lo siento, se me olvido las fotos.)

I threw everything in at once, raw and all, and cooked it on high for 6 hrs. It was fabulous. 

Allison said to saute the onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil first, until transparent, then brown the beef. Add the wine until it evaporates. Add milk, letting it to evaporate as well. Then add the sieved tomatoes, the bay leaves, herbs, and salt. Simmer for a good hour, over low-ish heat, letting everything mix and absorb the liquids. 
It will thicken up and turn into a lovely concoction. 

 This way is delicious
 If you have the time, do it like this.

Here's a close up of the sauce. 

That's my homemade ravioli underneath. Recipe for that coming soon. :)

Thank you Allison.
 I am forever changed in how I cook pasta. 

*Instructions courtesy of Allison's familia in Uruguay. A lovely place, rich in tradition and culture, closely linked with Italian customs and cooking. Have a visit if you are able. 


  1. I do have a pasta maker and have made it, but have gotten lazy lately.
    There is nothing like home made pasta noodles, so much more flavor than the store bought packages.


  2. Wow how cool is that! I want a pasta making class with you two! Lol :)


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