Homemade Pasta

June 21, 2011

Last weekend we went down to my parent’s house in Red Hill. It had been so long since we had been down, my mind and body were craving a visit. As we drove amongst the tall trees I inhaled deeply, letting the chilly fresh air warm my bones. I was home.

Saturday night we made pasta. A lot of pasta. Ravioli and pappardelle were on the menu. Usually I let Dad take the reins when making pasta, but this time I wanted in.

I wanted to feel the dough in my hands, to knead…

to let it rest…

and to roll…

Dad was helping me along the way…

And it was fabulous, truly so much fun. I’m surprised that making pasta wasn’t on my list…I suppose I can tick it off anyway.

There’s something about making your own pasta that is so primal to me. In the same way that making bread makes me feel like I’m completely great at life, like I’m doing something I was born to do, that is wholly natural. Bread represents the basic human need for nourishment, and I view pasta in the same way. Natural, wholesome goodness, the epitome of simple food. Making it is wonderfully cathartic and comforting.

How simple and beautiful is that?

I am seriously lusting after my own pasta machine. Ben and I bought mum and dad their Atlas one a few years ago for Christmas, and they’re really happy with it. I only wish we’d bought two…

We served this pasta with a beautiful goat ragu (recipe link). It was rich, comforting and wholesome. The perfect meal, essentially.

I’m so excited to make my own pasta in the future, and let my inner nonna shine. I do so love to get my hands floury, and create comfort by hand. It’s quite a beautiful process, don’t you think?

Heidi xo
  • Lisa June 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I am in awe of all that make their own pasta! I really need to invest in a pasta machine!

  • hollypop June 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

    you're so right Heidi. (tangent ahead:)
    i know i bemoan the lack of gluten in my life on the regular. but i really feel that it is because something very essential and comforting is gone from my life. when i need the simple comfort of cold honey toast i can't get it for the life of me (or, i could eat it and feel like balls). it's a problem which is against nature. i am getting better at dealing with it. it's definitely the people who understand rather than down-play the loss which help me cope. THANKS!

    and of course: the pasta looks absolutely smooth and gorgeous, nice work.

  • Heidi June 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Lisa – it's really not hard, give it a go!!

    Hollypop – oh! You're welcome. It is completely understandable why you feel that way. Bread, pasta, it's such a basic right. It's a big loss! I was thinking about you when I wrote this actually. It is a big deal, don't think you moan too much!! Hugs.

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware June 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I have NEVER made pasta… I'm sure that if I asked Hamish if we could make it he would roll his eyes and moan and groan because he had to do it at his last restaurant…. sigh….

    These photos have made it look so cathartic, soothing and wholesome.

    Great post Heidi, now you've got me wanting to make pasta when I should be going to bed for a sleep 😉 😉 😉

    xox

  • Leah June 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Oh there is nothing better than handmade pasta! The taste is heavenly.

    I am almost always to lazy to get my pasta machine out to make my own though 🙁

  • Michelle Chin June 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

    omg! that's equivalent to making your own noodles at home! don't think i'm able to do that. 🙂

  • Heidi June 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Blithely Unaware – hehe sorry about that 😉 thanks for the lovely comment.

    Leah – it's not good when you're in a rush, but for special occasions or weekends I say make your own!!

    Michelle – not as tough as hand pulled noodles I think! That's something I do really want to try. I've made my own rice noodles before though – that's fabulous!

    Heidi xo

  • Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi June 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    And now is the perfect time of year to indulge in some 'comfort by hand' food. When the mercury drops all I crave is a warm, rich bowl of pasta and you can't get any better than handmade! Well done Heidi!

  • Hannah June 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I may or may not have thought, for a second, that you were hand-rolling your pasta with a chorizo. 😛

  • Hannah June 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Oooh that looks amazing!! A pasta machine was on my wish list a little while ago after seeing Jamie Oliver makes his own pasta, it looks like so much fun! I think I'll go cook some pasta for dinner ….. 🙂 🙂
    Hannah x

  • Heidi June 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Keely – thanks! And I completely agree 🙂

    Hannah – hahaha love it. Nearly. Almost…

    Hannah – sounds like a plan 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Ooh yes what a delicious partner for your fresh pasta! I love ragus. Winter is all about ragu for me 😀

  • The InTolerant Chef June 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I use my pasta machine for biscuit dough and icing! I haven't tried gfree pasta with it, I wonder if gfree would have the elasticity?
    Love goat and love ragu, This might go on my dinner plan this week! Yumm!

  • chopinandmysaucepan June 22, 2011 at 1:59 am

    This is something I would like to do! Nothing beats fresh pasta especially when you have a great looking sauce! Glad to see you really enjoyed it!

  • Heidi June 22, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Lorraine – me too!! I crave ragu like nothing else 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – i hope you like the ragu! Yes I was thinking about GF pasta, I'm not sure for the solution. Might have to check out some of the blogs I read that work with GF flours…

    chopinandmysaucepan – we did, thanks 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston June 22, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Awesome Heidi 🙂 You go girl & let your inner Nona shine more often – nothing like homemade pasta – I'm a little ashamed to say I haven't made it at all this year, about time Id say 🙂

  • Sydney Shop Girl June 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Heidi

    Hello!

    Just discovered your blog through Carly's!

    I love the pasta!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  • Lisa June 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Did you use continental flour? I thought pasta was so hard to make till we discovered it at a pasta making workshop. It makes all the difference in the world.

    It truly is pasta and ragu weather isn't it? I've been vegging at home sick, but that does allow for some long slow cooking. I think a ragu might be on the menu (I'm hopeless I can't sit still even when I feel awful – I actually painted a pergola on Monday when I should have been lying on the couch!)

  • Maria June 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Home-made pasta is so worth the effort! Perfect winter food too 🙂

  • Heidi June 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Anna – about time indeed 🙂 Is it June already? Next week July! You've had a good excuse though – moving!

    Sydney Shop Girl – hi! So glad you found me 🙂

    Lisa – oh dear, I hope you get better soon! I hope you're resting!! I relish a sick day (just one is enough thanks! hehe) every now and then to do nothing – you don't need to tell me twice 🙂 we used 00 flour for this recipe!

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi June 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Maria – totally worth the effort 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    mmmmmm home made pasta is the best!! used to do it with mum but then we couldn't be bothered anymore 😛

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds June 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I can't wait to eventually get a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid I've been wanting to make my own ravioletti for ages. Looks yum!

  • Heidi June 23, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Michele – it's easy to get out of the habit! But easy to get back into it, I suppose 🙂

    Julia – mmm sounds wonderful!

    Heidi xo

  • Tina June 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

    That pasta looks amazing, yum! I too am longing for my own pasat machine.

  • Ashley June 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    What absolutely gorgeous pictures, it looks like it would be really fun to do! Wonder if there's a gluten free recipe I could use…:)

  • Heidi June 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Tina – thanks! Me too 🙂

    Ahsley – why thank you 🙂 & yes I need to get into GF cooking, I am keen to increase my knowledge of different flours and what not 🙂

    Heidi xo