How to Make Pasta

Pasta developed simultaneously in China and in the ancient Western world. It has been a staple of diets wherever it has spread. The historic expansion of pasta's use and manufacture is a fascinating story that shows a parallel human desire for convenience and cullinary delight. Making pasta has gone from a labor intensive process, to a quick and easy meal. However, to get the full taste and effect, nothing can beat homemade pasta.

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Creating homemade pasta is a worthwhile activity. The extra work involved results in a food that is precisely tailored to the individual palate because it can be made with various spices mixed right in with the noodle batter. To speed up the process of making pasta, machines and tools are available at reasonable prices.

Another nice aspect of homemade noodles is that they can be saved almost indefinitely for later use by drying the pasta. Drying is actually a simple process, requiring no more than a surface upon which to the dry the noodles. Yet the pasta maker should take care to avoid situations where mold could form.

Probably the most difficult of pastas to make is ravioli. Even so, it allows for the greatest degree of individualization. A person can make her or his own stuffing. Ravioli can be constructed in such a way as to make a dish with a bit of sauce a meal in itself, with meat, vegetables, and cheeses packed within the pasta.

To make pasta making efficient as well as fun, there are several pasta tools available. Besides a pasta machine, there are drying racks and ravioli makers. Even a bench knife is handy to have standing by.

Pasta making is fun and easy. To find out more simply follow the "next page" links at the bottom of each page.

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