Homemade Pesto Pasta with Family

If I’d had known how easy pesto sauce was to make from scratch, I would have started making it years ago. Because it was so easy, I added to today’s new-a-day-challenge with making pasta from scratch.  Thankfully, my husband bought me a pasta maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer last month and it’s finally going to be put to use.

It makes sense to cook an Italian meal with family, so we invited our uncles over to help.  To go with our pesto pasta, I’m also making one of my go-to dishes, Chicken Parmesan with homemade marinara sauce, which takes 8 hours to simmer. Mmmmm…Sunday dinner is going to be tasty!

Pesto is as easy as (1) Measure, (2) Process, (3) Add oil and salt. From start to finish, it was a minute. Now if only I could get my basil plants to grow as quickly.

Now on to the pasta making. The recipe seems straight forward enough. Measure out the 3.5 cups of flour, 4 eggs, 1 tbs of water and 1 tsp of salt. Sift the flour, add salt, slowly mix in the eggs and water with a flat beater.

Flour Eggs Salt Water
Adding eggs to the flour and salt

Then after 30 seconds, switch to the kneading attachment for another 2 minutes of mixing and there you have it. Pasta dough.

Then you kneed the dough by hand for 30 seconds to one minute. Once complete, break off and ball up dough the size of walnuts.

Dough Balls Pasta Making
Kneading dough balls

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the pasta attachment. Setting the speed to 6, as instructed, had us all expecting noodles to stream out like chocolates on the conveyor belt of an I Love Lucy episode. So as we prepared our assembly line, all braced for quick action.

Wait for it…wait for it…

Not realizing pasta exuding is a slow process, we turned off the equipment and double-checked the directions. We had done it correctly.  Turns out, you just need to be patient.

Slowly but surely all the dough balls were inserted and we exuded plenty of delicious rigatoni noodles, which were laid out individually prior to boiling.

Noodles

We also learned that fresh pasta only needs to boil 2-5 minutes, so once the chicken parmesan was done, we boiled our noodles. My first ever pesto pasta was complete:

Pesto Pasta

Thanks to the help of family, we enjoyed a delicious Sunday night dinner!

Family Dinner
Let’s Eat!

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