About 3-4 times monthly I make homemade pasta for dinner. It is so easy and can actually form the basis of a really healthy dinner. Obviously, it’s totally kid-friendly, and they have so much fun helping make it. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, it’ll do most of the work for you. I buy Bob’s Red Mill semolina flour and just use the package recipe. I often substitute about half whole wheat flour and use half semolina, but all semolina is good, too. It’s 1.5 c flour total, to which you add 1/2 t salt, 2 T water, 2 T olive oil, and 2 eggs. Mix well to form a ball, then place in mixer with the dough hook attachment and let it knead for 10 minutes. Set bowl aside and cover for 20 minutes. Cut dough into 8 equal parts (see photo), then run through pasta machine.
I bought the attachment for my Kitchen Aid, and it’s really simple. Buy any type of pasta rack to hang the pasta once it’s formed. I once goofed and laid it all out on a tray, and it all stuck together and was a big mess. Boil a pot of salted water and drop the noodles in. They take about 3-5 minutes. Drain and toss with any good marinara sauce, some fresh snipped basil, and parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella. Serve with a side veggie or salad, and finish up with some fresh fruit, maybe with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Your kids will clean their plates, I promise.