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What to Look for When Purchasing Your First Pasta Machine The manual pasta machine is a pretty straight forward piece of kitchen equipment. However the differences between models is usually apparent in the construction material and adaptability to make different shapes and sizes of pasta. The very basic machines do not offer more than a couple of different ways to roll out your pasta. That may not seem important now but when the pasta making bug catches you you will want to be more adventurous and want more shapes available to you. First make sure that the pasta machine that you purchase can accommodate additional attachments for making several different kinds of pasta. The company you are purchasing from should have a wide variety of these attachments available for purchase. The pasta machine should be made heavy metal that will wear well over time.
While the casserole is cooking you can prepare a salad or any other dish to go with it. The frozen casserole will generally take about an hour to cook when placed in a cold oven. DO NOT PLACE A FROZEN CASSEROLE IN A HOT OVEN! If it is ceramic or glass it will most likely break and even if it isn t the top portion and sides of the casserole will cook before the inside is heated through and become dried out. When cooking pasta use a large pot with at least 3-4 quarts of salted water (depending on how much pasta is to be cooked). The water should be brought to a full boil before adding the pasta. One to two tablespoons of salt should be added to the water. This will not only help to add flavor to the pasta but will increase the heat of the water allowing the pasta to cook at a faster rate.
Store bought pasta is one of the most convenient foods around and the dried pasta can be stored in your pantry for a very long time but fresh pasta has a delicate flavor and texture that makes it worth the extra effort. With so many fresh pastas available today why should you make your own? The main reason I like making homemade pasta is because I can control the ingredients and flavors. Store bought fresh pasta contains preservatives and chemicals that can easily be avoided when you make your own pasta. You are also limited only by your imagination when choosing the flavors of your own pasta. Homemade ravioli is best because you can fill it with anything you want and you can avoid the high fat meats common in many commercially prepared ravioli. Homemade pasta is not difficult at all to make once you learn how to make the dough and how to cut your fresh pasta into your desired shape. It is even possible to make chocolate pasta! Do you need a Pasta Machine? It is quite possible to make homemade pasta dough and simply cut it with a knife on a cutting board however a pasta machine will take the work out of some of the kneading and will give your dough a good consistency and uniform thickness.