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Noodle/Pasta Dough

 
 

Craft your own fresh noodles or pasta with this versatile Noodle/Pasta Dough template. Perfect for a variety of dishes, this guide helps you create a nutritious and delicious base by mixing and matching different flours and ingredients to suit your dietary preferences and taste.

Base Ingredients:

Flours (Choose 1-2, 2 cups total):
  • All-purpose flour

  • Semolina flour

  • Whole wheat flour

  • Spelt flour

  • Gluten-free flour blend

  • Chickpea flour

Additional Ingredients (Choose 1-2):
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2-3 large eggs (or equivalent vegan substitute)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (as needed for consistency)

Optional Enhancers (Choose 1-2):
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano)

  • 1-2 teaspoons vegetable puree (spinach, beet, carrot) for color and nutrition

Method of Preparation:

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients:

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chosen flours and salt. Mix well to ensure the salt is evenly distributed.

  2. Add Wet Ingredients:

    • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the eggs (or vegan substitute), olive oil, and any optional enhancers like vegetable puree or herbs.

  3. Mix and Knead:

    • Using a fork or your hands, gradually mix the wet ingredients into the flour until a rough dough forms.

    • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. If the dough is too dry, add water a tablespoon at a time. If too sticky, add a little more flour.

  4. Rest the Dough:

    • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax and makes the dough easier to roll out.

  5. Roll and Shape:

    • After resting, divide the dough into smaller portions for easier handling.

    • Using a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out each portion to your desired thickness. For noodles, cut the rolled dough into strips. For pasta shapes, use a knife or pasta cutter to form shapes like fettuccine, tagliatelle, or lasagna sheets.

  6. Cook or Store:

    • To Cook:

      • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fresh noodles or pasta and cook for 2-4 minutes, depending on thickness, until al dente. Drain and use immediately with your favorite sauce.

    • To Store:

      • Dust the fresh pasta with flour and lay it out in a single layer to dry for an hour. Once dried, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze for longer storage.

Nutritional Profile:

  • Flours: Provide carbohydrates and fiber, with whole grains offering additional nutrients.

  • Eggs or Vegan Substitute: Add protein and essential fats.

  • Olive Oil: Provides healthy fats and enhances the dough’s texture.

  • Optional Enhancers: Boost flavor, color, and nutritional value.

Considerations:

  • For a gluten-free option, use a certified gluten-free flour blend.

  • For a vegan option, replace eggs with an equivalent vegan substitute like flax eggs or aquafaba.

  • Customize the dough with seasonal herbs and vegetable purees for a fresh and unique flavor.


 

This template allows for endless combinations of noodles and pasta, ensuring you can enjoy a different flavor every time while maintaining a nutritious and delicious meal base.

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