Nothing tastes quite as delicious as homemade pasta! Learn how to make einkorn cavatelli (homemade shaped pasta) like a pro and without any tools or special equipment.
You might find a tendency to ditch the packaged pasta at the grocery store once you get a taste for this fresh pasta!
A few years ago I came across a video titled "How to Make 29 Handmade Pasta Shapes" and became totally obsessed with making these amazing pasta shapes!
When I say I've watched this video dozens of times, it's no exaggeration! Not only is it just mesmerizing to watch, I also wanted to get the techniques burned into my brain.
And it worked! Check out the video below to learn how how to make these shapes yourself.
TIP: A fresh can of play-dough has the same texture as fresh pasta, so it makes a perfect medium for practicing your technique.
The play-dough won't dry out like pasta (or at least, not as quickly), which allows you to practice a lot before actually getting your hands dirty with the real thing.
And if the play-dough does start to dry out, just quickly re-hydrate your play-dough and keep going!
You can see this photo of my blue play-dough practice making hand shaped pasta!
Top Photo: Cavatelli (the very first shape made in the video above)
Middle Left: Lorighittas (the third shape in the video)
Middle Right: Foglie D'Ulivo (first shape with the spinach dough, at 19:30)
Bottom: Fagiolini (starts at 21:05)
Homemade Shaped Pasta: Einkorn Cavatelli
If this is your first time making hand shaped pasta, I would probably stick with the cavatelli, but it's up to you!
I also like this homemade pasta dough because it doesn't contain any eggs, which makes it perfect for air drying and storing at room temperature (properly sealed).
If you are wanting to dry and store this homemade pasta, simple follow the recipe to make and shape the dough, then dry the pasta on a single layer until fully dry.
Flip the pasta after a day or so to make sure the bottom is fully dry before storing.
Then store in an air tight container for 3-6 months.
You can also freeze this pasta after shaping! Simply shape and freeze, then thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
Make a well with the flour. I like to think of a well looking somewhat like a volcano with a hole opening in the middle. Slowly add in the the warm water 1/4 cup at a time.
Stir well and knead in additional water until it reaches a soft flexible dough with bounce. You may not need all the water.
If you end up with too much water, just add more flour and work it in until you have a "fresh play-dough" texture.
Shape pasta as desired. Store finished shapes on a wax paper lined tray or a well floured surface while you finish working with all the dough.
*Be sure to allow enough time for shaping, it will take about an hour if you have practiced before - longer if you haven't.
Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil and drop in the fresh pasta. Boil for 3-5 minutes, or until it reaches the desired texture.
Serve right away with a red sauce or butter and herbs.
NOTE: To freeze, shape and then place in a freezer bag and freeze immediately. Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking.
This pasta can also be air dried and stored for up to 6 months, since it doesn't contain any eggs.
Einkorn Cavatelli (Homemade Shaped Pasta)
- 2 cups flour (we use einkorn)
- 3/4-1 cup warm water
- Make a well with flour and add 1/4 cup of warm water at a time.
- Stir the mixture. Knead in more water as needed until a soft, flexible dough with bounce is formed. You many not need all the water. If you add too much water, add in more flour until the correct consistency is reached.
- Create the shape of pasta you want to make. Store finished shapes on a wax paper lined tray or a well floured surface while you finish working with all the dough.Be sure to allow enough time for shaping. It will take about an hour if you have practiced before, but longer if you haven't.
- Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil and drop in the fresh pasta. Boil for 3-5 minutes, or until it reaches the desired texture.
- Serve the pasta right away with a red sauce or butter and herbs.
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