I’ve always wanted a pasta machine and for my birthday this year, I was gifted one from my main squeeze. This machine came with a manual that had a pasta recipe. It had the same pasta recipe on their “interweb” site. I am convinced the recipe is printed all wrong. The 4 times I attempted to make the concoction according to their directions, the dough came out too sticky which resulted in the rigatoni not keeping its form. Sixth time is a charm, because I took my mom and grandma’s directions and now I can share this Perfect Rigatoni Pasta Machine Recipe with the world. If you have a Kitchen Aide – this is the recipe you’ll want to use instead of the one they provide.
This makes 1.5 lbs. of pasta. We like to top this with our pasta sauce. If you’d like to freeze these for later, let them dry on your counter for 2 to 3 hours before placing in freezer bags. I like to place parchment paper between layers.
Perfect Rigatoni Pasta Machine Recipe
The flour must be sifted. If you don’t sift it, you’ll regret it and have to make a box of store shelf pasta. No body wants to do that.
- 00 Flour, sifted – 400 grams
- Salt – 1 tsp.
- Eggs – 5 Large
- Water – 1.5 Tbs.
- Flour – .5 c. (for dusting pasta pieces)
- Place sifted flour and salt in mixing bowl. With flat beater, mix for 1 minute.
- Set mixer at speed 2 and add eggs one at a time – be sure to mix egg in well before adding the next. Mix for a total of 2 minutes.
- Switch to a dough hook and knead for 5 minutes on speed 2. Add water if the mix looks too dry. It should mix into a nice ball.
- Set aside and let dough rest for 20 minutes. We like to clean the dishes and hum while the magic is happening.
- After 20 minutes, cut dough into walnut sized pieces to place in the pasta hopper and set aside.
- Grab a plate and place 1/2 c. flour for pasta to fall into as you cut pieces from machine.
- Attach your rigatoni disk and place machine on speed 6.
- Drop pasta dough into hopper and cut pieces to desired length into floured plate. Set pasta aside until completed shaping remaining dough.
- Bring large stock pot of salted water to a boil and place pasta inside.
- Pasta is ready when it floats to the top. This will be about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Serve immediately with your favorite or second favorite sauce.
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