Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homemade Sweet Potato Pasta

Well, I can now say that I have made homemade pasta!  I guess I already could say that though, because this time last year I made some gnocchi.  But, now I really, truly, and in every sense of the word, have made pasta!  I made lasagna noodles, spaghetti noodles and a few little curly ones.  :)

I used the Fannie Farmer cookbook for general instructions, but since I wanted to make sweet potato pasta I just made up my recipe.  I fell in love with sweet potato pasta last year at the farmers market in Fort Collins where we could buy it.  So, I wanted to make some, and hopefully be able to recreate that!  :)  Plus it's good experience for general cooking expertise, etc. (And fun!!)

So, I will put the recipe and then also a tutorial like normal.  :)

Sweet Potato Pasta

3 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cooked (boiled)

2 Eggs, separated (or equivalent egg substitute)

Pinch of salt

~2 c. Whole Wheat Flour

1.  Start whipping up the egg whites in your mixer.  They'll start out looking about like this...

2.  Keep whipping those egg whites until they expand and look something like this...

3.  Mash the sweet potatoes until most of the lumps are gone.

4.  Add the mashed sweet potatoes into the egg mixture by the spoonful.

5.  Keep adding the sweet potatoes, and also add the salt at this time until well combined.  (As well as adding egg yolks if you are using them.)
6.  Start adding flour to the mixture about a 1/2 cup at a time.  (I still was using my flat beater, but really should have switched to my dough hook.  So if you have a dough hook, I recommend using that for the flour stage!)  :)

7.  Keep adding flour and mixing until it pulls away from the sides and into a ball.  (About like this, but I actually added a little more flour after this pic was taken.)

8.  Then turn it out onto a floured surface and divide into 4 rather equal sections.

9.  Take one section and start rolling it out.  Roll it as thin and evenly as you can. (I started rolling on my floured pastry board, but then switched to using floured wax paper to be able to move it easier.)

10.  Let it rest for a few minutes, and roll out the other sections of dough while you are waiting.

11.  Cut into desired strips.  Half of the pasta I made today I made into lasagna noodles.  So here are some....

And here they are ready to dry on the cooling rack....

12.  Repeat 11 for the remaining dough.  Here's a way to cut spaghetti noodles that I learned from the Fannie Farmer cookbook.

That did work well but I couldn't get them very thing that I just did my own thing.  And they turned out pretty well!  (Pictured below)  :)

Ooo, then I had some scraps left over and decided to just make some fun little curly noodles.  So, here they are...

And last but not least, here are some of my spaghetti noodles hanging out to dry.  (Okay, truth be told they weren't hanging "out" to dry...but they were hanging, and drying! :)

Now!  I just can't wait to cook these all up for dinner this week!  Be sure to be on the lookout for a new lasagna recipe to go along with these noodles too.  :)

I'm so glad I finally just made some homemade pasta!  It's something that's been on my list, and I guess I just hadn't done yet.  So, now I can check it off...and just may be making some more very soon.  :)  It was fun, pretty easy and I am SOOO excited to really see how they taste!


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