Making Homemade Pasta Party
~This making homemade pasta party guide was by Pastastic Matt.
Fresh and succulent bow tie pasta (also known as butterfly pasta or
in Italian) is a great food to base a kids' cooking party around.
That's because the process of making it features all the things
little chefs love: they can mix fluids and solids with their hands,
then they get to mold and flatten a Playdough-like putty substance.
And after all that, the wonderful end result? Food they can pretend
to wear! This making homemade pasta party can be combined or used as
a creative Italian
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Items Needed For Making Homemade Pasta Party
- Plain/all-purpose flour (250g/9oz per pair of children)
- Plenty of eggs
- Pizza or dough cutter
- And of course plates, cups and eating utensils
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For the process of making the pasta dough, we recommend dividing
your kids into pairs. Each pair will make (or try to make!) their
own 2-person serving of pasta dough.
Each pair will need:
- Access to the ingredients and pizza cutter above
- Their own rolling pin
- A pastry mat or clean area of work surface
we strongly suggest you practice making fresh
pasta once or twice before
hosting your making homemade
pasta party. That way you can better advise the little ones if and
when they make mistakes.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 2- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 Tablespoon water
Once you have tried it yourself, and you have your ingredients, work
spaces and tools in hand. Heres what to do:
Step 1 - Make The Fresh Pasta
- Get each pair of kids to mold their flour, 2- 3/4 cups
all-purpose flour, into a bowl shape on the surface, complete
with a flour base. Tip - the bowl should be big enough to crack
3 eggs into, so you may need to help them expand their bowls
(push out the sides with a flattened fork).
- Now they should crack the 3 eggs into their "bowl."
- Sprinkle eggs with 1 teaspoon salt.
- Now they should mix these eggs with a flattened fork, being
careful not to break the walls. Ideally, one kid can mix while
the other sprinkles a little excess flour from the bowl walls
into the center to thicken it up. When the middle mixture is
slightly thicker and a smooth orange consistency, that step is
- Using the sides of their hands, have your chefs remove excess
flour from the walls of their bowl. The aim is a wall thickness
of 1cm or half-inch thickness (this helps over-flouring the
dough, making it hard and unworkable). They can keep the excess
flour to the side for later.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 cup water and mix
together until it forms a nice dough. Now the icky bit. Have
them push the flour walls into the liquid center and then use
their fingers to start mixing it all together. They can sprinkle
on a little extra flour as required.
- When it starts to form a dough that they can press down upon
without it sticking to their hands, have them create a dough
ball and then flatten this with their palms.
- Now they should fold the dough in half, turn it 90-degrees
(left or right), flatten again and repeat. Kneading the dough
Tip: They need to put some effort into flattening the
dough here (we are effectively trapping little balls of air
inside it, which aids its flexibility), so little guys might
enjoy this bit.
Allow 5 minutes of this folding and flattening. When you can cut
through a dough ball and see tiny little air bubbles, the dough
is ready. Lightly flour each dough ball and leave for 5 minutes
to rest. (A good time for them to wash their hands).
Step 2 - Flatten It
Of course that dough ball needs to be flat before we can finishing
our making homemade pasta party! Have each couple sprinkle
their work surface with flour, then flatten their dough ball once
more with their hands. Now we are ready to roll! Give each pair a
rolling pin and help them roll their dough flat. It helps to keep
turning the dough, and occasionally flipping it over.
Don't forget to sprinkle a little more flour if the dough starts to
stick. Allow 10 minutes of this flattening fun before the dough
stops contracting back to its original size. (If you can create a
song about "Stretching, stretching..." that would certainly fit
if you happen to have a pasta making machine
such as an Imperia or Atlas pasta maker, this can really take the
strain out of this flattening. You just roll for a minute or so
until the dough is thin enough to fit through the rollers. Then let
the machine take the strain!)
You are aiming for a dough thickness depth of just 1-2mm. When your
chefs have got roughly this flatness, they have their fresh pasta
dough. Round of applause!
Step 3 - Forming The Bow Tie Pasta Shapes
Now the creative part-which little girls especially will love.
- With the dough rolled out thin, have each pair of chefs use a
pizza cutter or normal knife to cut it into 1½-inch-high
- Then help them work from side to side, chopping the dough
vertically to form 2-inch wide rectangle shapes.
- How do they make each bow tie or butterfly? Remove a rectangle
per pair of kids from the main sheet and have one of your chefs
place their index finger in the center. Then they should use the
thumb and second finger to pull the top and bottom edges
together. Finally, remove the index finger at the last second
and squish these edges together (they should stick together
Hey presto! A little bow tie (for the boys) or butterfly (for the
girls)! Repeat this process until all the shapes are made.
Step 4- Sauce & Cook To Serve
To finish your making homemade pasta party, prep your pasta sauce recipes
sauce should be served hot, so you may want to make this yourself.
Alternatively however, you could just cook up your bow tie pasta
shapes and mix these into a nutritious salad.
To cook the fresh pasta
Drop pasta in a large full pan of well-salted boiling water. Fresh
pasta takes just 2-3 minutes to cook (rule of thumb: after it rises
to the surface, give it just a minute more). Then drain and mix with
salad or cover in sauce. Serve and enjoy (just be prepared to clean
up a little after the bow ties have been worn and the butterflies
More Homemade Pasta Resources
See our Italian Party
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