– We gotta knead with perseverance. Don’t give up all because it’s gonna be delicious, trust me. (calm music) Hey, guys, I’m Brenda, I’m a Tasty producer.
I will be testing homemade versus store-bought pasta.
I need to know is it worth taking the extra time, the extra effort to make pasta from scratch? Is it even better? ‘Cause if it’s not better, come on. So I’m just gonna get cooking in here and you and I will take this journey right now. My first impression of homemade pasta was does it really take just flour and eggs to make this? I mean, come on, everybody has these two ingredients at home.
The process, also very simple.
You make your flour volcano, you gradually add eggs and then you begin mixing. (calm music) So don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty. This is what happens when you play with dough.
Think of yourselves as a kitten who happens to look like Ed Sheeran. I mean, think about it.
Ed Sheeran does look like a kitten and this kitten meaning you, you depend on your kneading skills to survive. You know when kittens give little massages?
This is what it is, it’s kneading and this is what we need to do well today to get amazing pasta dough. The entire process takes me around one hour and a half. That includes mixing ingredients, resting the dough, flattening, cutting, shaping your dough.
However, it’s not a complicated process. On the contrary, it’s pretty entertaining. This is an 80 something dollar machine but you can get one for around $30 and it’ll get the job done. You don’t need it, you can do this entire thing by hand but trust me, this will make your job smoother and a lot more fun.
So here’s the thing.
Every time you run the dough through the machine, you wanna increase these little numbers right here and the higher they go, the thinner the dough will get. I realized that seven is my ideal number but a good way to guide yourself is to stop when you see your fingers through the dough. (calm music) Alright, so it comes down to the store-bought version and we have right here fettuccine from the box.
The difference is evident. This is thicker, it’s no longer flowy and as far as I understand, there are no eggs in here. You can serve your fettuccine with any pasta sauce but with thick Alfredo sauce really highlights the properties of fettuccine especially homemade.
Alright, let’s break this down. In terms of price, the store-bought is the winner.
Time, store-bought wins again. Texture, the homemade version, it’s silkier, it’s smoother. In terms of preparation, this is very straight to the point. You open the box, you put it in boiling water and blah, blah, blah, you know how it goes.
Here, you’re gonna have some fun.
When I say it’s like Play-Doh for grown ups, I am not lying. Now, I also asked people on Instagram based on looks, they would go 100% for the homemade version and I have to agree with them.
You’re gonna love it and I guarantee it. Besides, the flavor, a thousand times better. I mean, three out of my three testers agree with me. You’re really gonna love it.
Mm. Oh my God.
It’s just so good. I’m out of here. Have a good day.