Homemade Spaghetti with Meatless Meatballs

I am now convinced that any Italian food enthusiast should try making their own pasta from scratch at least once! I recently got a pasta maker which not only makes the process a whole lot quicker, but now I can make spaghetti and angel hair... though a pasta maker is not entirely necessary.
The Atlas 150 pasta maker I got is imported from Italy, comes with two pasta cutters (one for a linguine width and one for a spaghetti width), and is capable of rolling pasta at nine different thicknesses. I rolled my dough to the 7th thickness and cut it through the thin cutter to make a pasta just slightly thicker than angel hair.
For the meatballs I cheated and used the Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs. Maybe one day I'll make my own vegetarian meatballs from scratch, but until then I'll rely on Trader Joe's.

Homemade Spaghetti
1 c flour
1 c water (or 2 eggs)
2 tbsp oil

-In a bowl form the flour into a well and pour the water/crack the eggs into the center
-Using a fork, combine the flour and water/eggs by stirring in a circular motion at the center and working outwards to incorporate more flour little by little
-Once a dough is formed bring it to a counter or flat surface and coat with oil to incorporate any loose flour or pieces of dough while kneading
-Knead until smooth, then let the dough rest, covered, for an hour or overnight
-Roll out the dough until it is just about 1/2 in thick, then cut into four equal parts
-Roll through the pasta maker adding flour to the surface of the dough if necessary until the pasta is to your desired thickness, then send through the cutter
-Allow the pasta to hang dry on some sort of makeshift pasta dryer... hangers, skewers, clotheslines and wine racks welcome!
-Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta to cook for about 3-5 minutes just before the sauce is done 

-Cook "meatballs" in a toaster oven until slightly browned

Basic Pasta Sauce
1 large garlic clove, diced
1/4 c onion, diced
2 tsp oil
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 spoonfuls tomato paste (about 2 1/2 tbsp)
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary

-Heat the oil and cook the garlic and onion
-Add the diced tomatoes and let cook for about a minute
-Add the tomato paste and mix with the diced tomatoes, then add the tomato sauce and mix well to dilute the tomato paste
-Add the spices and cover to let the sauce cook for about 20 minutes
-Add the "meatballs" and rinsed/drained pasta to the pot of sauce and mix well to serve perfectly coated pasta, then top with parmesan!


gbf 4/16/11, 11:39 PM  

loving the new header & colour on your blog. Enjoy your Sunday. Dayle

Ria 4/17/11, 12:44 PM  

It looks delicious!
I'm going to try it tonight's for me and my parents (the difference being that we actually eat meat xD)

Thanks for sharing!

Emily 4/17/11, 4:12 PM  

homemade pasta is the best! i would definitely have to have a pasta maker to do it, though. :)

Natalie 4/20/11, 9:03 PM  

Thank you for stopping by my blog as it led me to yours! You take beautiful photographs and I loved reading your "about me"---you must have an amazing life living in all of those different places :)

Connie 6/2/11, 11:24 AM  

This looks so good. I need to try those meatballs, as I've recently found that I really like some of Trader Joe's veggie burgers (I'm a total omnivore, but always on the lookout for meatless options.) Lovely blog, by the way!


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