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How to make pasta dough using a bread machine

Posted by on Aug. 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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Most homemade pasta recipes involve mixing the pasta with your hands, which can be quite messy. If you have a bread machine laying around, you can make it do most of the work for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
Put all of the ingredients into a bread machine. Start with 1 tablespoon of water and add more later if the consistency of the dough is too rough. You can set it on the dough setting but most breads start out kneading anyway and you will not run it for its full cycle.

Optional: Use a flexible spatula and push the ingredients toward the propeller until it the flour becomes dough. Use caution as the machine can break a wooden spatula. This will help speed up the process of kneading the dough.

Add additional water, if needed, after about 5 minutes of mixing the pasta dough. Examine the dough and see if you need to add all or part of the remaining tablespoon of water. You're looking for a clean, smooth ball of dough that looks like something you could work with your hands. If you put in too much of the remaining water, the dough will be too soft and will stick to the sides. If you have done this, try adding pinches of flour to rebuild the consistency until you get a ball again.

Allow between 10 and 20 minutes for the dough to be mixed. When the time is up, turn off the bread machine and unplug it. Take a sheet of plastic wrap and pick up the ball from the machine, wrapping it in the plastic. Your skin need not touch the dough. Set this wrapped dough aside to settle for 20 minutes.

Wait 20 minutes for the dough to rest.

Open the plastic and work the dough with your hands. If it feels a little sticky, dip your hands or the dough into some flour and pat the dough until it's no longer sticky. Break the dough into four or more smaller balls.

Cut the dough into strips or use a pasta maker. If you have a pasta maker you are ready to go. Run the dough through the rollers at the widest setting then work your way to the thinnest. Each setting will make your strip longer and wider. If the strips become too wide, fold them over and run through again. To save time you could use every other thickness setting as you work your way to the thinnest. If your goal is lasagna, don't bother with the thinnest setting, it may be too thin.

Start cutting pasta strips. By the time you've made all the strips, the first strip should be dry enough to cut. The strip should not be sticky at all. If it is, it could cause problems with the cutter. As each strip is cut into noodles hang them to dry more.

  • If you don't have a pasta maker flatten the balls of dough with a rolling pin then use a pizza cutter to cut into noodles. You can use this to make lasagna, ravioli or egg noodles should work and you can certainly experiment with twisting and folding your dough to invent your own noodle.
  • You can also Use a Paper Shredder as a Pasta Machine
Cook the pasta or refrigerate the noodles shortly after making them. Standard pasta cooking directions apply to this dough. Boil 7 to 10 minutes in slightly salted water.


by on Aug. 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Aug. 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Pasta dough is heavy for a bread machine.  I'm going to add some recipes that I've got for making pasta dough but you may want to cut the recipes in half if you can.

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Aug. 24, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Plain Egg Noodle Dough:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

Add all ingredients to bread machine pan.  Using dough cycle, let the machine mix and knead the dough as directed above.  Remove dough and let it rest, the proceed as described in the post to make your pasta.

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Aug. 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Carrot Pasta Dough:

  • 1/2 c. carrot puree (cook 3-4 medium carrots in boiling water until soft, put through food mill or blender)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 c. flour, need a bit more for dusting the rolling surface
  • 1 tsp. salt, more or less to taste, maybe even omit

Add all ingredients to bread machine pan.  Using dough cycle, let the machine mix and knead the dough as directed above.  Remove dough and let it rest, the proceed as described in the post to make your pasta.

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Aug. 24, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Spinach Pasta Dough:

  • 1 (10 ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed,drained and squeezed as dry as humanly possible
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2-3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salad oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Process spinach in a food processor or blender until fine. Squeeze dry again. Add all ingredients to bread machine pan.  Using dough cycle, let the machine mix and knead the dough as directed above.  Remove dough and let it rest, the proceed as described in the post to make your pasta.

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Aug. 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Tomato Pasta Dough:

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. tomato paste

Add all ingredients to bread machine pan.  Using dough cycle, let the machine mix and knead the dough as directed above.  Remove dough and let it rest, the proceed as described in the post to make your pasta.


olgabillman07
by on Feb. 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

What do you mean pasta dough is too heavy for a bread machine?

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Feb. 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM


Quoting olgabillman07:

What do you mean pasta dough is too heavy for a bread machine?

It's heavy, not spongy like a bread dough.  Your bread machine will work hard to mix it, so don't be alarmed if it sounds rough.

kybella
by on Feb. 22, 2011 at 12:36 PM

 

Quoting michiganmom116:

Pasta dough is heavy for a bread machine.  I'm going to add some recipes that I've got for making pasta dough but you may want to cut the recipes in half if you can.

 dumb question, but are you saying cut the recipes your posting in half or any recipes I find for the bread machine?

michiganmom116
by Bakery owner on Feb. 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM


Quoting kybella:

 

Quoting michiganmom116:

Pasta dough is heavy for a bread machine.  I'm going to add some recipes that I've got for making pasta dough but you may want to cut the recipes in half if you can.

 dumb question, but are you saying cut the recipes your posting in half or any recipes I find for the bread machine?

Just the recipes for pasta for the bread machine.  The first recipe called for 1 c. flour  That gives a nice amount of pasta (about 8 oz.?) for a family.  If you made double, it would really give the bread machine a workout.  I'd hate to burn up my bread machine making pasta dough.

sassymomntx1961
by Baker's Apprentice on Feb. 22, 2011 at 11:47 PM

What are some menus you could use the diff pasta flavors w/ like the carrot or spinach?

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