If you’ve never attempted making your own pasta, these recipes are a good reason to start. The key contents are Bisquick and eggs with a few other ingredients depending on the recipe. They can be made with a pasta machine or by hand; the taste or texture won’t be affected either way.
Noodle Fun Facts
- Noodles are a type of pasta used in cooking
- Most fresh pasta noodles contain eggs
- Noodles can be served in many dishes from soups, casseroles and stews
- Three popular pasta noodles are spaghetti, penne and macaroni
- Uncooked, dry noodles can be stored for well over a year
- Noodles come in many shapes and sizes
- Thomas Jefferson brought the first macaroni noodle machine to the US in 1879
- Pasta noodles are usually made from flour, while Chinese noodles typically contain rice flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp water
- 3 cups Bisquick
- Beat four eggs with two tablespoons of water.
- In a separate bowl, place three cups of Bisquick and make a well in the center.
- Pour the beaten eggs into the well and stir until a soft dough forms.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly Bisquick floured surface.
- Cut into one-half inch strips, and allow to dry for at least six hours before cooking.
- 1½ cups spinach leaves, torn into small pieces
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cups Bisquick
Garlic Cream Sauce
- 6 cloves roasted garlic
- 8 tbsp butter
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp Bisquick
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- Cook one and one-half cups of spinach in a saucepan until tender. Allow to cool slightly, but do not drain.
- Place the cooked spinach and liquid into the pitcher of a blender.
- Add one egg. Cover the blender, blend until smooth and transfer to a bowl.
- Add one and one-quarter cups of Bisquick and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Place the dough onto a lightly Bisquick floured surface and knead for approximately two minutes.
- Roll out the dough and let sit for thirty minutes.
- Slice into one-quarter inch wide strips and allow to dry for four hours.
- To prepare the garlic cream sauce, first, mash the roasted garlic. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and melt eight tablespoons of butter. Pour in two cups of heavy cream and the mashed garlic. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk two teaspoons of Bisquick with one tablespoon of heavy cream until smooth, and add to the pot. Stir in one and one-half cups of parmesan cheese and one teaspoon of black pepper. Continue mixing until the sauce becomes thick.
Lemon Pepper Noodles
- 2⅔ cups Bisquick
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp grated lemon zest
- 2tbsp fresh grated pepper
- In a large bowl, place two and two-third cups of Bisquick and make a well in the center.
- In a small bowl, combine three eggs, three tablespoons of lemon juice, three tablespoons of lemon zest and two teaspoons of fresh grated black pepper.
- Pour the egg mixture into the center of the Bisquick and use a fork to incorporate the Bisquick into the mixture.
- Start kneading the dough when clumps form. When all the Bisquick has been incorporated and the dough becomes stiff, about five minutes, transfer it to the board to finish kneading. Add more water if the dough appears too dry and crumbly, and more Bisquick if it is too wet.
- If you are using a pasta roller, knead until the dough is moderately smooth, approximately five minutes. If you don’t have access to a pasta roller, knead the dough for ten minutes or until it becomes elastic-like. If you see air bubbles upon spreading the dough apart, then it has been kneaded perfectly.
- Separate dough into four balls, transfer to a bowl, and cover with a moist towel.
- Allow the dough to rest for about thirty minutes.
- Roll out the dough to the desired thickness, following the pasta machine's directions.
- If you are not using a pasta roller, transfer the dough to a lightly Bisquick floured surface where you will roll it out. Cut into strips. Allow the dough to dry for four hours before using.
- In a large pot, bring water and salt to a boil. Cook until desired tenderness is reached.
Rolling Pasta By Hand
Don’t worry if you don’t own a pasta roller machine. It’s quite simple to make pasta with your hands. Once your pasta dough is made, shape it into an oval and flatten it out, using a rolling pin to the desired thickness. You may need to add a little Bisquick to your work surface to prevent sticking. I prefer to use a pizza slicer when cutting the dough, but you can use a knife as well. Cut the dough into strips and lay them on a drying rack or a light Bisquick floured surface depending on recipe instructions.
Who knew that making homemade noodles could be so satisfying? I enjoy pasta noodles, probably a little too much. There is no comparison between dry store bought versus fresh. The sauce clings to the noodles and absorbs the flavors so much better. So, get busy and make yourself some fresh pasta and enjoy!