Thursday, 5 March 2015

How to make spaghetti from scratch

I make spaghetti from scratch once in a while and this started way back in the Uni when my roomie back then taught me how her mum makes it. The story she told me was that her family once lived in the north on a large expanse of farm land alone. Neighbors lived far away and stores were located in the main town so to get things they were once used to (The mum relocated from the US), her mum had to make most things from scratch. They had fresh milk, fruits which they plucked straight from the trees and a whole lot more. I loved fairytale stories like that so i decided to recreate my version. It's really exciting to know that something as complicated as pasta could be made easily at home as i'm about to show you.


Utensils Needed
 Rolling Pin/ Pasta machine
• Flat Surface
• Sharp knife for cutting


Ingredients:::

• 2 cups Flour
• 3 Eggs
• 1 tsp. Vegetable oil
• 3 tbsp. Water


Directions:::
Step 1: Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl and make a well in the center. Crack the eggs into the well in the center and add the Vegetable oil. With a fork, gently begin mixing the flour into the eggs till it's well incorporated. Drizzle the water little at a time and Knead the dough with your hand

Step 2: Place the dough on a flat board. To make it easier to roll out, divide the dough into several equal parts and place the unused dough into a bowl and cover with a wet towel. The next two steps can be done with a pasta machine or with a rolling pin by hand. For this post, i'd be using the hand method.


Step 3: Sprinkle the dough and surface with flour. Place the dough on the flat surface and roll out with a rolling pin. Try to keep the rolled out dough in rectangular form while also makeing sure it's thin enough to almost see through. Remember that it has to be very thin because once you boil the pasta it's going to increase in size.

Step 4: To cut the dough, sprinkle some flour over the surface of the rectangle. This is done to prevent the dough from sticking together once it's rolled up. Roll up the rectangle shaped dough just like i rolled pancakes HERE. Once it's rolled up, slice into thin strips and un-roll immediately because they have the tendency to stick together.

Step 5: Hang the spaghetti strips on a clean hanger and leave to dry overnight. Store in an airtight nylon or container till you're ready to use.


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22 comments:

  1. Na lie! As easy as that?!? And with normal ingredients I always have at home? Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. lol! You're welcome Gatsy cakes.

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  2. This is so sweet!,am so making it this weekend,thanks for this recipe dobby,can any other type of flour be used?

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    1. i've seen Whole wheat flour being used but i haven't given it a try yet.

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  3. I no that some northerners use semolina. Thanks I forget d ingredients but now I remember everything.

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    1. Thanks for the info ngee.

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  4. niceee..thanks for sharing

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    1. you're welcome unveiling Gold

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  5. Wow!..u mak me remember d gud old days too,was born in d north and ma granma used to sell spag in a primry sch and she maks it frm scratch ha slf with a local spag machine used to b interestin buh neva new it culd b rolled out wit a rollin pin. Good wrk dobby....

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    1. Sounds like a very exciting childhood you had. Those were definitely the good 'ol days :)

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  6. Absolutely fantastic Dobby. So easy and nothing like homemade meals. Bravo!

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    1. Homemade meals rock! Thanks matse :)

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  7. thanks dobby,,please can u post the recipe for ebbage

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  8. Wow! Bookmarking this asap. I love ur blog so glad I stumbled into it.

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    1. Glad to have you here nneka :)

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  9. Oh wow Dobby..love love this!
    Haven't been able to comment for a while; came into the country and have been struggling with the heat and all.
    Will give it a try when I go back. Hoope you are good?. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Welcome back Angie. You forgot to add the traffic too, it never disappoints :) .

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  10. lucye5:31 pm

    Can l use parsely flakes (still parsely but kinda dried) in substitute for parsely leaves , and is this a blog

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    1. Yes you can. Yes, this is a blog.

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