Tips-y Tuesdays: Homemade Farfalle Pasta

One weekend I randomly decided to try to make a different shape of pasta. No particular reason, just felt like making pasta. I am sharing it today in case you decide to make some pasta as a romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day.

I do want to state that I did not make the most beautiful farfalle, but it was a first attempt. And, I also feel it is okay because if it tastes okay and it took some effort, your special someone will probably still appreciate it.

So, looking at the picture above, yes, I should have made them smaller. I always forget that the pasta gets so much bigger when it cooks. At the same time, I was pressed for time and I rushed it a bit.

  1. Make your pasta dough
  2. Roll out the dough as thin as you can manage since it will thicken when it cooks
  3. Cut out small rectangles (you can use a knife or a pizza cutter) about 1 inch by 1/2 inch
  4. Pinch the top center and bottom center of the long side of the rectangles into each other, then give a twist and pinch it to keep it in that shape
  5. Have a couple baking sheets ready to place the formed farfalle on, and you can dust them with flour to help keep them from sticking to each other
  6. Cover the pasta with a clean dish towel until you are ready to cook them
  7. Cook them for a few minutes until al dente in salted boiling water
  8. Serve with sauce or a dish of your choosing

What sauce did I use? I browned some ground sausage then sauteed some garlic in olive oil. I mixed it all together with some of the pasta water and blanched broccoli. At the end I added some shredded cheese (Parmesan).


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