Spaghetti and Meatballs

5 Feb

I made homemade pasta for the first time tonight. I ordered a pasta press a few weeks ago and was finally able to use it tonight. You actually don’t need a press to make pasta just a little more time and a good rolling pin. It is actually pretty easy I enjoyed doing it!

Homemade Pasta

Dough

3 eggs
2 cups of flour plus .5 cup more for flouring the board
salt

On a large cutting board make a well in the flour. Add in the eggs and salt and begin to wisk in a little bit of flour a little at a time. Once the dough becomes too difficult to stir in flour with a fork, begin to kneed with your hands until there are no lumps. Roll into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 20 minutes

Pasta Press:
After letting the dough rest I divided the dough into four  small sections. Set the machine on the largest setting and feed the dough through. My pasta press starts on one and goes through six. I fed the dough through twice each setting at stopped at 5. After that I ran the dough through the spaghetti setting.

Rolling the Dough by Hand:
Be sure to flour your surface well so the pasta doesn’t stick. Roll the dough out until you can see your hand through the dough. Gently fold the dough over until it is a manageable size then thinly slice the dough with your knife.

From there you can lay the pasta out and allow it to dry or you can cook it immediately. Cook the pasta in generously salted, boiling water for about 3-5 minutes. (The pasta will cook at different times depending on the thickness of the pasta so you may need to add more time.)

Meatballs

1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1 egg
Olive Oil
1 Jar Marinara sauce
1 can tomato sauce
1 can Italian style diced tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, egg and bread crumbs. Mix until just combined, don’t over work the meat. Roll out even size balls about the size of a golf ball and set aside. Heat a large oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil (you want the pan to be nice and hot to get a good brown on the meatballs) Gently place the meat balls in the skillet and brown on all sides. At this stage we are only browning the meat not cooking it all the way through. Once the meat balls are browned, cover the skillet and place it in the oven for 10 minutes. The juices of the meatballs should run clear after cooking.

Remove the meatballs and drain off the grease. Add the meatballs back in the hot pan with the marinara sauce, tomato sauce and tomatoes. Cover and bring to a simmer.

After that its pretty much history! I hope you enjoy!

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