Finding Comfort with Homemade Pasta

Making Homemade Pasta Carbonara

You probably know that the theme for my blog this month is Comfort. It’s about finding comfort in your decor, in your style and in the food you enjoy. When it comes to comfort food, pasta is the first thing that comes to mind. And there is nothing better than homemade Carbonara.

Pasta Carbonara Recipe (serves four)

Pasta:

3 1/2 cups flour

4 eggs

1 – 2 TBL water

1/2 tsp salt

Add all ingredients into your Kitchen Aid mixer and mix with paddle for one minute. When the dough starts to stick into a ball, remove, cover in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cut dough into four portions and put into the pasta machine. Start with level one and proceed through level seven.

Change the pasta attachment on the machine to the fettuccine attachment. The pasta will cut into perfect noodle lengths.

Hang pasta immediately on a pasta rack to dry. You can cook immediately in boiling water for 6 – 10 minutes or let dry overnight. Be sure to place on a counter as many of the noodles will dry and break off.

Carbonara Sauce

1/2 lb bacon, chopped

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup nonsalted butter

1/2 tsp chopped garlic

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook bacon until slightly crisp and remove from pan. Remove all but two tablespoons bacon grease.

Add butter and cook until melted on low heat. Add cream and let thicken. Add garlic and parmesan cheese. Immediately pour over cooked warm pasta and serve.

After leftover pasta has dried overnight, place in a Ziploc bag and store in a cool, dry place for up to four weeks. Enjoy!

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