Monday Night Delight: Authentic Italian Pasta Recipe Guide
Are you tired of looking for that perfect pasta recipe that doesn’t require a lot of time and effort? Well, it took Serena Essuman, owner of a lifestyle blog, “Life At Casa,” passionate about sharing easy-to-cook meal recipes and cooking tips with moms, several years to find the perfect one. She wants to share it with you in this article.
Thus, this authentic Italian pasta recipe guide is a fantastic resource for those looking to learn how to make classic pasta dishes. From the deli-like sauce of penne al’ Vodka to Sabatini ziti, Serena is motivated to give you all the information you need to prepare authentic Italian dishes at home.
So, let’s jump straight into the essentials:
The Pasta Recipe That Reminds You Of Home
There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of pasta to end a busy day. So, if you’re in the mood for something a little more special, why not try making your own authentic Italian pasta dish? Here’s a recipe guide to help you get started:
- 8 ounces of your favorite pasta (such as spaghetti, fettuccine, or rigatoni)
- All-purpose flour (3 ½ cups)
- Salt and pepper (to taste, preferably ½ tsp)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 5 Eggs
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Water (4-5 tablespoons)
- Kitchen Aid Pasta Attachment
- Kitchen Dough Mixer
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serving: 4-6 people
Flake the flour and salt in a kitchen mixer. Mix briefly using the butterfly hook (read more about this on Serena’s blog here). Stop the mixer. Combine water, oil, and eggs. Add the first two tablespoons of water and the remaining two as necessary. Let the dough mix. If necessary, pause to scrape the edges. The moment the dough is combined but still a little crumbly, stop the mixer once more and change to the paddle attachment. About 5 minutes of mixing is required to form a nice ball with clean surfaces on all sides.
To help the dough separately and freely move within the bowl, if necessary, gently drizzle about 1 Tablespoon of flour along the bowl’s sides. Take the dough out, cover it, and let it sit for between 15 and 20 minutes.
Next, start preparing the kitchen aid with the roller moveable pasta attachment in the interim. While you are at it, also divide the dough into 4 balls after it has rested. Stretch it out to a rectangle with gentle pressure.
Run through the pasta maker on setting one, which is the widest. Till you reach the thinnest configuration, slowly operate through the machine. With each of the four pasta balls, replicate this step. Lay the pasta sheets delicately on clean linens. If necessary, add flour to prevent the dough from adhering. Long pasta sheets should be cut into 1-foot-long panel-like strips.
Then use a pasta cutter as a kitchen tool. Run the kitchen aid tool over each strip of one foot in length. Tagliatelle noodles should be placed on towels/or linens. To prevent sticking, separate and lightly sprinkle with flour.
Bring water, salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a boil in a stockpot. Add all of the pasta at one time to the boiling pot of water. Give about 5 minutes of cooking. To prevent the noodles from binding to one another as they cook, gently stir occasionally. When ready, the pasta strips will rise to the surface.
Put in a bowl after being removed with a ladle. Olive oil should be gently mixed into the pasta to coat it completely. Serve right away with your preferred sauce.
For The Sauce
- In a separate pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour in the tomato sauce and some milk to bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
- Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and return it to the pot. Pour the tomato sauce mixture over the pasta and toss to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the pasta hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves if desired. Enjoy!
The most important thing to keep in mind when making white sauce is to stir constantly while adding cold butter and flour. If you don’t do this, the butter may clump together into lumps which will make your sauce tough and grainy.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
- 4 tbsp flour (all-purpose)
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Step 2: Whisk in the flour and cook for about one minute until the mixture begins to turn golden brown.
Step 3: Slowly add the milk while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon or whisk. If you want your sauce to be thicker, add more milk at this point. If you want it thinner, add less at this point.
Step 4: Add salt and pepper to taste if desired before serving as garnish or topping for your pasta dish!
Serve Delicious Italian Pasta To Your Family
Not sure how to make authentic Italian pasta? Not sure what tips and tricks to use? Don’t despair; Serena from Life At Casa is here to save the day. A mom of four beautiful children, Serena is passionate about making lives easier for working and busy moms. She has a detailed guide of easy-to-make mom recipes on her site that will teach you how to make your homemade pasta in no time at all!
You can also get some parenting tips for moms, as well as information about the latest trends in fashion on her site. For more details feel free to follow her on Facebook (@lifeatcasabyserena) or Instagramtoo or get in touch with her today!
About The Author
Serena, a mother of four kids, is adept at doing that and is constantly enrolled in classes. You can find information on a wide range of subjects on her website, Life At Casa, including tips on the newest Italian fashion trend with her mood boards, healthy comfort food, and how to lead a full life and live like a queen even on a tight budget.