Fresh pasta : Fettucine Alla Carbonara

Posted: January 4, 2012 in Pasta
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Happy New Year everyone. I hope the silly season has treated you well. Last year J gave me some pasta rollers and a pasta press for my Kitchenaid mixer. I have made pasta a few times but found it to be a tedious process. Mind you even though it took me ages the effort was paid back threefold in flavour. I didn’t have a drying rack so found it quite difficult to keep the pasta well spaced to dry. Often it would overlap and stick together, both when flat and cut. I had to keep the board well floured to prevent this. I also spent too much time rolling all the pasta.

I stumbled across the Kitchenaid website the other day when looking for beetroot recipes, recipe to feature soon. They suggested hanging pasta over the back of a chair on a tea towel. It dried beautifully. It also saved me the expense of a space using useless utensil. Pasta racks aren’t cheap!

One of this years Christmas presents was a marble board. It saves me flouring and is perfect for doughs. I have used it so much already.

I have also reduced the time I spend rolling the pasta through the flat roller. This step takes me a third of the time it once did. J says we can now reliably do away with store bought dried out pasta and indulge on silky fresh homemade pasta. Sounds good to me! We can also freeze any dried extra pasta for use later on, or just have leftovers.

To try out these improvements I chose fettucine alla carbonara. The taste was in the cooking! It fed us for two days and could reliably serve 6 people with a side of garlic bread.

Fettucine Alla Carbonara

Recipe By: Kitchenaid
Serving Size: 4
Cuisine: Italian
Main Ingredient: Fettucine

-= Ingredients =-
400 g fresh ; prepared fettuccine (see instructions below)
Carbonara sauce: –
1 tablespoon Olive oil
6 each rashers good quality ; lean bacon, cut into small pieces
4 each spring onions ; chopped
4 each eggs
250 ml Cream ; light (1 cup)
150 g Parmesan cheese ; grated*
Salt ; & pepper

-= Instructions =-
Cook the fettuccine in a large pan of boiling salted water for about 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain well and return the hot pasta to the saucepan.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan. Cook the bacon and spring onions for 5 minutes. Whisk together the eggs, cream and about 2/3 of the cheese.

Pour the egg mixture over the hot pasta, and toss well. Cook for about 30 seconds only, or until heated through and the sauce lightly thickens. Season with the salt and pepper and serve immediately scattered with the remaining Parmesan.

Fettucine – fresh pasta with Kitchenaid

Recipe By: Kitchenaid
Serving Size: 4-6

-= Ingredients =-
300 g Plain flour ; (2 cups)
Good ; pinch salt
3 each eggs, lightly beaten
30 ml extra light olive oil
Extra ; flour

-= Instructions =-
Attach the flat beater to the stand mixer. Place the flour, salt, eggs and oil into the mixing bowl. Turn mixer to speed 2 and mix until mixture is combined. Remove flat beater and attach dough hook, knead for 3-4 minutes, or until dough indents when touched. Cover dough and let rest for 30 minutes.

With lightly floured hands, knead dough for about 30 seconds. Cut into thick slices about 1cm thick.

Attach lasagne sheet roller to stand mixer. Take one section of the dough and pat out to flatten. Turn mixer to speed 4 and feed dough into rollers. Fold dough in half and feed through again. Repeat this step about 3 more times, reducing the roller setting with each rolling. (Total rolling should be about 5 times).

Lay pasta onto a lightly floured bench. Repeat rolling with the remaining dough.

Remove the roller attachment and attach the fettuccine or spaghetti attachment. Feed the dough through the cutter. Dry the pasta.

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Comments
  1. Sara says:

    I really like your recipe 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.
    You might also like to try the below version.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/fettuccine-carbonara-recipe/
    Sara

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