Making homemade pasta with your kids is perfect for a Sunday afternoon. It does take some time and you’ll make a mess, but it’s worth it. We use KitchenAid stand mixer pasta attachments. This seems complicated, however, your kids can do this with your help.
Basic Egg Pasta Recipe
- 4 large eggs (Don’t use extra-large. I did that once and it was gooey.)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place eggs, water, flour and salt in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to Speed 2 and mix 30 seconds. Exchange flat beater for dough hook. Turn to Speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and hand knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
Divide dough into four pieces (I divide into eight) before processing with pasta sheet roller attachment. If the dough seems a little crumbly—which has happened to me before—I run it through anyway and, so far, it’s been OK. This recipe will come with your KitchenAid mixer pasta attachments.
Yield: 1 1/4 pounds of dough.
Your kids can:
- Sift the flour.
- Measure all the ingredients.
- Hand knead the dough.
- Wait with excitement as the dough rests.
Next, put the pasta sheet roller attachment on the KitchenAid. Turn it to the lowest speed. Take one of the divided pieces and push it through the roller to flatten. La Jolla Girl loves to “catch” the long dough sheet as it’s comes out the other end. Turn the adjustment knob and run the sheets through multiple times, until they reach desired thickness. After she catches the dough for the final time, she places it on our pasta drying rack.
Now, the sheets are ready to be cut. We prefer linguine, so we use that attachment on the mixer to cut the sheets. My 3-year-old giggles a lot as she catches the linguine. Some of it falls on the floor. With this project, you have to let go of the desire to clean.
Homemade pasta only takes a few minutes to cook in boiling water.
Safety: La Jolla Girl is totally capable of feeding the dough through the sheet roller attachment on her own, however, I am always there to supervise. It’s difficult to get fingers caught, as the rollers are very smooth. I always watch her hair to make sure it’s not at risk of getting caught either.
Recap of why:
- This pasta tastes superior to anything you could buy in a box. It gets run through the attachments more times than it should, it gets dropped, her measurements can be off, but it doesn’t matter.
- Kids love the texture of the dough and the different shapes it takes on.
- She is very proud when the finished result emerges and La Jolla Dad sings her culinary praises.
- I believe it teaches kids that serious work goes into making a meal.
- I hope it helps teach her to appreciate food more.
- It’s fun. We laugh a lot.
As you might imagine, when you’re doing this with a 3-year-old, it’s tough to get things perfect. Let go of that, because it just doesn’t matter. This pasta is delicious. Here is our linguine with clams recipe. So good.
(We have the KPRA KitchenAid pasta attachments, but just saw this possibly newer version, KPEXTA, on Amazon. Martha Stewart uses a hand crank countertop pasta maker and a knife to cut the sheets.)
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