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Want to make fresh pasta in the am to serve at dinner. How do I handle the pasta til using it?
Hi Matt - I'm having friends for dinner and would like to make fresh pasta .
If I make the fresh pasta in the morning, how do I keep this pasta until …
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 …
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.
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, …
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 …
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 make fresh ravioli, leave it in the fridge then cook it the next day?
I have to make a pasta dish tomorrow, and am using fresh pasta to make ravioli .
I need to make it beforehand, so can I make it today then leave it …
Why is my fresh pasta breaking in the pan?
Hello, I made fresh pasta noodles for the first time last night with the CTC x1500 Pasta Express, and everything seemed to go smoothly until cooking. …
Can I use semolina flour with my Kitchenaid pasta machine?
Hi there - I have a new pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, and the recipe call for all-purpose flour.
I've always used semolina for …
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Can I re-freeze pasta dough for ravioli?
I'm making ravioli for a work event.
I made the pasta dough today (Tuesday) and put it into the freezer. I'm going to make and fill the …
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 …
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 …
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?
Your dough …
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!
Hi Eugene, …
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. …
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 …
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 …
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? …
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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?
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 …
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 …
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"?
Hi Pal - good questions …
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 …
Can I store pasta dough in the fridge?
Matt, for how long can I store the pasta dough in the fridge?
Hi Francisco and thanks for your question.
In answer to your question, …
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