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Refrigerating fresh egg pasta - colour changed overnight!
I LOVE making pasta!
I am using unbleached all-purpose flour and eggs for my dough.
How can I stop my pasta from turning brownish after …
Making homemade paccheri
Was wondering if (as a home cook) I can make paccheri pasta and if anyone can anyone assist me with how to do this?
My homemade fresh pasta was too soft
Thanks for your enthusiasm about pasta. I was so inspired that I tried the homemade pasta instantly after readying about it.
Well I made …
Resting my pasta dough
My pasta recipe says to allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Do I put it in the fridge or leave it out to rest?
How do you make your own pasta shells to stuff?
How do your make your own fresh pasta shells that you can then stuff?
Appreciate your help - thanks!
Difficulty using Imperia 150 Spaghetti Attachment
I bought the Imperia spaghetti attachment from Amazon a few years ago and have had no success with it.
I flatten the dough to the machine's penultimate …
Doughy cappelletti pasta - what went wrong?
Our family makes a stuffed pasta called cappelletti , which my grandmother has made since before I was born. She is not with us any more.
On Thanksgiving …
Problems getting the pasta through my machine
I went to use my pasta machine (after a week or so) and every time I try to put dough through my ( Imperia ) machine the dough refuses to go right through. …
Colour of fresh pasta is wrong!
Hi, I am hoping to make some homemade pasta for a farmers market, and am experimenting at the moment with a few batches.
It tastes great, but I think …
How to avoid slimy pasta
I'm really enjoying making fresh pasta but am struggling to produce pasta that isn't totally smooth and that has a "slimy/slippy" texture …
Overcoming tough texture pasta dough
Hi Matt - I'm often so disappointed with my fresh pasta. It seems tough and doesn't have the light tender texture I'm looking for.
If I were to put …
Freezing spinach and ricotta ravioli
I was wondering... when you make a batch of spinach and ricotta ravioli , can you freeze it to use later?
Or else, how do you store the ravioli if …
Pasta machine rolling issue - is it normal for it to shred/tear?
I just found your website and YouTube videos and I love them!
I am a new homemade pasta cook and found a great ebay deal on an Imperia …
Atlas pasta machine's tagliolini comes out in pairs
I just received an Atlas 150 pasta maker as a gift, and when I run the dough through the tagliolini cutters the strands come out stuck …
How to make gluten free pasta
I need to learn how to make gluten free pasta . Do you have a good recipe for this?
Response: Hi May and thanks for …
How to make sacchetti
Hi Matt - how do you make stuffed sacchetti ?
Thanks - Eleanor.
Response: Hi Eleanor - good question. The theory is simple, but with this one …
What does oil do in pasta dough?
Hi Matt - what is the purpose of oil in pasta dough?
Is it to make it softer?
Or to keep it from sticking?
Hi there! Well …
How to Make Vegan Pasta
I have been making pasta for my restaurant with eggs and flour. I have decided to make the restaurant 100% vegetarian and am looking for homemade …
How long will home made pasta keep?
Simple question Matt: after the fresh pasta is made and dried, what is its shelf life?
Good question - I was never really sure, as I never …
Questions about eggs in pasta dough
Hi, what is a good substitute for semolina flour ?
I want to make an eggless pasta dough, but only have all-purpose flour or wholewheat flour. What …
100% soy flour pasta recipe?
Have you got a recipe for 100% soy flour pasta?
I am allergic to wheat, eggs and dairy so it would be nice to be able to make pasta with such flours …
What's the best pasta machine dough recipe?
I just bought the Imperia SP150 , so my next question is, do you a great pasta machine dough recipe?
Which one of your fresh doughs works …
I broke my Atlas pasta maker - what did I do wrong?
First off thank you for your site. I bought a pasta maker and never had the courage to actually use it until I fell by chance across your site …
Pasta machine troubles - sticking noodles
I have only made homemade pasta three times, for which I have used a newly purchased hand-cranked pasta machine, bought from Bed Bath and Beyond.
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Flour to make ravioli dough
I have the attachments for my KitchenAid mixer to make ravioli - the pasta roller and the ravioli maker.
What is the best pasta flour to use with …
Pasta flour question: semolina vs 00
I have made pasta with eggs using 00 flour, which works well with my past roller and cutters.
And also I've made pasta with an extruder with semolina, …
How to make transparent pasta parcels
I am looking for a trick of making pasta parcels (ravioli or tortellini) transparent, so the colourful fillings are shine through.
I don't …
Help - my pasta is drying out too much!
Hi, love your website, love the recipes, and everything!
My question is: what do I need to do differently so that the pasta I make doesn't become sooo …
Fresh pasta dough - after the fridge & making lasagna
I made fresh pasta dough this morning and then put it in the fridge.
How long do I have to wait after I take it out of the fridge before I can use …
How long do you cook freshly made pasta for?
How long do you cook the freshly made pasta for?
And also, I thought fresh pasta dough needed to be left to "dry"?
Freezing fresh pasta
Now that I've mastered Indian, Thai and Chinese, Italian is my next project and your website is very helpful.
I have been freezing …
How to make stuffed paccheri pasta?
I am wanting to stuff 'paccheri' pasta with a beef/hot sausage mixture.
I don't know which is better and safer.... stuff raw meat in the …
Can I store pasta dough in the fridge?
Matt, for how long can I store the pasta dough in the fridge?
Why did my fresh orrechiette pasta taste doughy?
First, its so great that you have a Fresh Pasta Q&A ! I spent a lot of time looking for one, so thanks in advance :-)
I made pasta for the first …
My pasta sticks together when boiling!
Whenever I boil homemade pasta it all gets stuck together in one giant blob!
What am I doing wrong?
Response: Hi there, this …
I kneaded pasta dough but forgot to put it in the fridge - can I still use it?
I made dragon fruit pasta dough and left it out overnight.. Can I still use it as it has egg in the batter?
It was wrapped with cling film and now …
Can I make make fresh pasta ravioli (with meat) and store it before cooking?
Can you please help me? Is it possible to make fresh ravioli with meat filling and store in our coolroom at work for 3 days before cooking it?
Can I dry garganelli?
Can I make garganelli in advance and let it dry several hours?
Response: Certainly Bob, in fact that would really be perfect. Just leave …
Why does my pasta dough taste like eggs?
I made a pasta dough recipe with 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 3 eggs, tsp salt, and tsp of olive oil and when I cooked it, it just tasted like cooked …
Cook fresh pasta to make cannelloni? And how to make ziti?
First off - great website!
I have two quick questions - I have recently started making my own fresh pasta , mostly ravioli so far.
How long to cook fresh pasta?
How do you determine the cooking time for fresh pasta?
Answer: This is a great question and it's something that many new fresh …
Minimal eggs and wholemeal pasta only - still worth buying a pasta machine?
First of all, thanks for the informative site.
Do the following requirements mean that I should forego buying a pasta machine?
1) I want to mininmize, …
Making pasta dough: using food processors and flour for making ravioli
Hi Matt - can you make pasta dough in a food processor?
And is all 'semolina' pasta dough better for ravioli or is type 00 (super-fine double zero …
Storing fresh pasta for sale at market
We are a group of ladies who would like to sell pasta at the local market.
So far we have made it with just the fresh eggs and basic flour. We then …
Frozen pasta - defrost before cooking?
If you freeze fresh pasta should you defrost it before cooking?
Answer: Absolutely yes, this is essential.
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Pasta extruder talk, Imperia vs Atlas, and storing dry pasta
Your website is great: there is so much information!
Do you have any method to prepare hollow pasta tubes ?
I suppose that a pasta …
Pasta widths of pasta machines for cake decorating
I would like to buy a pasta machine to use for cutting ribbons or strips in sugarpaste for cake decorating. Does such a machine have various widths to …
Fresh egg pasta or non-egg pasta - which and when?
My question is: what do you think about when you decide to use egg-pasta and pasta made without eggs in?
Is it something …
Using the Imperia pasta maker to make fresh lasagna sheets
Hi Matt - couple of quick questions for you.
When making pasta for lasagna using the Imperia 150 pasta maker , would running it through to setting …
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Can I make the pasta dough tonight and cut tomorrow? What is the best storage for long duration resting?
I have a dinner party tomorrow night and don't have enough time do make the pasta, rest it, cut it and cook it. Can I make the dough tonight and cut and …
What is a good substitute for semolina flour?
Can I substitute semolina flower (I can't find it where I live) for all-purpose or wholewheat flour?
Answer: Hi Livia and thanks for your …
Help! Fresh pasta dough is not cutting right.
I think I have a pasta dough issue . Here's my problem...
My dough is a ratio of 1 egg to 1 cup flour with enough water to make it all stick together …
Why does my fresh pasta taste floury?
When I made my pasta (before I came across this great website!) the pasta tasted floury.
Would this be because I might not be kneading it enough? …
Is it ok to rest fresh pasta for more than 30 minutes in the fridge?
I do not have much time to spend cooking. I wonder if it's ok to prepare pasta dough tonight and let it "rest" in the fridge until tomorfow, then I will …
Can I mix superfine 'doppio zero' (00) and general household flour to make fresh pasta?
Hi Matt - I need 500g of doppio zero flour to make fresh pasta, but I only have 400g.
Can I add normal household flour to make up the extra 100g?
Where to buy a garganelli comb
I am trying to buy a contraption called a "garganelli comb".
It is as wide as a pencil, and the dough is 1 x 1 inch wide dough. With this combed finish, …
Making homemade ravioli
I am looking for a recipe for making a sausage-stuffed ravioli that is simple. I have dumpling molds to work with in all sizes.
Can you point me …
Best pasta machine dough recipe
I've tried making fresh pasta once or twice using your recipes and loved the taste of the dishes it produced.
I am now thinking of getting …
Homemade pasta recipe book for pasta machine present?
Help! A family member is getting a pasta machine for Christmas and has asked for a recipe cookbook to go with it.
She is not looking for an Italian …
How to make different pasta flavours
How do I make different flavour pastas?
Not the sauces, the pasta itself, like spinach pasta, pepperdew etc.?
Answer: Hi Paul. …
Defrosting frozen pasta
If you have frozen fresh pasta, should it be defrosted before final cooking?
Hi Sue, the answer is yes. When you next take it out of the …
Drying fresh pasta
What's the best way to dry fresh pasta and what would be the shelf life?
Or should I store it in the fridge after it's dried?
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