May I share a little story with you about the first time I made my own pasta noodles?
Well, a few years ago, my baking assistant gifted me the pasta attachments for my Kitchenaid. I was pretty excited to make my own fresh noodles, so I quickly got to work online looking for recipes and advice on how to make it happen. One Sunday afternoon, I had my attachments, recipe, and new fancy flour all ready to go. From there, things got pretty discouraging. As I fed the dough through the machine, it was turning into a clumpy mess. My baking assistant was standing behind me and was just as excited to watch the pasta magic happen, but soon got scolded out of the kitchen. Soon after that, the mess was thrown out and we picked up a pizza for dinner.
I wasn’t ready to give up on the idea of making my own pasta, so I kept looking, and soon found The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles from the experts at Cooks Illustrated. If only I’d known how easy it could be. I didn’t need fancy flour or other ingredients; I only needed flour and eggs. That was it. Since trying their formula of 2 cups flour to 3 eggs, I’ve turned out delicious noodles every time.