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Old 12-17-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Homemade pasta - how to stop the clumping?

Hi, all. So last night, my friend Laura and I made fresh homemade spaghetti. It turned out very well - the guys both had seconds The only problem we ran into was that after cutting them into spaghetti strands (the pasta machine included fettuccine and spaghetti cutters, which I didn't know, never having really looked at a pasta machine before ), some of them clumped together. Of course, the dough was too fragile to pull them apart, so we cooked it that way (most of it wasn't like that). Any tips on how to prevent that? TIA.

btw, it was GOOD! Simplest set of ingredients I've ever seen, aside from bread and butter - flour and eggs
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:21 AM   #2
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Hi, all. So last night, my friend Laura and I made fresh homemade spaghetti. It turned out very well - the guys both had seconds The only problem we ran into was that after cutting them into spaghetti strands (the pasta machine included fettuccine and spaghetti cutters, which I didn't know, never having really looked at a pasta machine before ), some of them clumped together. Of course, the dough was too fragile to pull them apart, so we cooked it that way (most of it wasn't like that). Any tips on how to prevent that? TIA.

btw, it was GOOD! Simplest set of ingredients I've ever seen, aside from bread and butter - flour and eggs
When I make fresh pasta, as I make little mounds of it,I sprinkle it with some rice flour this helps it not stick together...
See if this helps with the clumping..
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:19 AM   #3
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Hi, all. So last night, my friend Laura and I made fresh homemade spaghetti. It turned out very well - the guys both had seconds The only problem we ran into was that after cutting them into spaghetti strands (the pasta machine included fettuccine and spaghetti cutters, which I didn't know, never having really looked at a pasta machine before ), some of them clumped together. Of course, the dough was too fragile to pull them apart, so we cooked it that way (most of it wasn't like that). Any tips on how to prevent that? TIA.

btw, it was GOOD! Simplest set of ingredients I've ever seen, aside from bread and butter - flour and eggs
So I take it that was the night BEFORE the operation!!! For an instant, I had visions of you sitting in bed with this pasta-maker on the over-bedtable!!!
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Old 12-18-2007, 09:02 AM   #4
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It helps if you let the pasta dry slightly before you cut

it. Roll out the sheets and let them dry for 10 or 15 minutes then put them through the cutter. The cut spaghetti always has a few strands that are stuck together as they come out of the cutter on my machine also. After they are cut pull apart if you can( this is easier with slightly dry paste) and toss with flour and loosely mound them.
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So I take it that was the night BEFORE the operation!!! For an instant, I had visions of you sitting in bed with this pasta-maker on the over-bedtable!!!
Yes, this was Sunday night. Yummy dinner, and it's easier to make homemade pasta than I thought. After a couple weeks of recuperation, we're going to try ravioli next. Friday night, DH took me out to an Italian place and I had the special - ravioli filled with prosciutto and asparagus, in Alfredo sauce with lump blue crab. It was soooooooo good
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Kadesma and Lizannd, thanks for the tips. I'll try dusting with flour next time.
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SPEAKING OF PASTA MACHINES, any recommendations on one? I've been thinking of making some myself. BTW, I don't have a KitchenAid, so it can't be an attachment. DARN!!!

GotGarlic, what were the exact measurements of the ingredients?

Don't know why I have a craving for sghetti now. LoL
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Yes, this was Sunday night. Yummy dinner, and it's easier to make homemade pasta than I thought. After a couple weeks of recuperation, we're going to try ravioli next. Friday night, DH took me out to an Italian place and I had the special - ravioli filled with prosciutto and asparagus, in Alfredo sauce with lump blue crab. It was soooooooo good
That sounds yummy!! I'd only just finished the last mouthful of canneloni when I read this and now I'm hungry again!!! Argghhh!!
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Gossie I have an imperia and absolutly love it. The spaghetti and fetuccini cutters are seperate so if you want to just roll the dough and not use the cutters it makes it easier. Plus imperia has all different attachments so the possibilities are endless.

My pasta recipe is

2 - 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbls water
3 eggs

Mix flour and salt together. mound on board and make well in middle of flour. Beat eggs and water. Pour mix in well and cut flour into eggs till dough forms. I use a bowl for this as it is easier. Knead dough with extra flour till smooth and not sticky. Cut pieces of dough, flour both sides and run through pasta machine to desired thickness. Make whatever style pasta you like.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:49 AM   #10
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SPEAKING OF PASTA MACHINES, any recommendations on one? I've been thinking of making some myself. BTW, I don't have a KitchenAid, so it can't be an attachment. DARN!!!

GotGarlic, what were the exact measurements of the ingredients?

Don't know why I have a craving for sghetti now. LoL
We used Mario Batali's recipe, which is 3.5 cups of flour and 4 extra large eggs. Can't wait to try it again.
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