Monday, November 11, 2013

Making Pasta with Friends

Cooking with the Goomahs. Episode 1!

Please do not take offense. Goomahs (pl), or as we say, now sound it out  Goo ma ahs is not a bad word. It doesn't mean what you think it means!   The word actually comes from the Italian word Comare which means Godmother. So when my girlfriends and I get together we call each other the Goomahs. We are the Goomahs. We are Godmothers to each others daughters!

The other day we got together and decided to make some pasta together.
I don't know how much Mariann really absorbed of the process since she was busy making cardone, 'scarole and beans, and stew. I should also mention that we were consuming alcoholic beverages. Let's just say it was a fun day.  At the end of the day, we all ate well.

This is the pasta recipe I have that has been in my family for many years. It is the recipe we use as our dough for our  homemade ravioli.

When we make ravioli we make 400 dozen. The following recipe over the years has been  accommodated to our needs. We work with 5 pounds, 8 pounds or 10 pounds of flour at a time.
Feel free to adjust to your own needs.

Pasta Recipe

10 lbs flour

6 cups  luke warm water or more as needed
8 whole eggs
4 egg yolks
olive oil  (1/4 - cup to 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons salt

mix all ingredients together until the dough starts to form adding the water a little at a time. The dough should be more on the dry side then on the wet side.

8lbs flour

4 1/2 cups warm water or more as needed
4 eggs
3 egg yolks
olive oil (1/4 cup )
2 1/2 tablespoons salt

5 lbs flour

2 whole eggs
6 egg yolks
1 Heaping Tablespoon Salt
3 cups warm water or more as needed
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil*
* This is an estimate, we don't measure, we just eye ball.

Once every thing is mixed divide your dough in sections and using a damp cloth cover what you are not going to work with.

Run your dough through a pasta machine so it is smooth. I usually will work the dough between the numbers 5 - 6 on the dial depending on the type of pasta we want to eat. We like it very thin, light and fluffy!
For more pictures of homemade pasta look here, here and for an actual video of pasta making while I was in Rome click here.

Buon Appetito

1 comment:

  1. Perfect timing! My mom was just saying how she wants to make fresh pasta when we get back to the states! Thanks for the family recipe. Xo