Making Farfalle - a fun homemade pasta for kids

In a previous post, I shared how simple it is to make homemade pasta from home.  It doesn't require much but a rolling pin, a large surface to roll the dough and a knife. Making Farfalle (or bowtie pasta) is especially fun and really only requires one extra tool - a fluted pastry cutter.  You can get one online for around $5.

First, make your dough (simply crack a few eggs into a pile of flour on your counter or cutting board).  Mix well, knead until smooth, wrap with plastic and let it rest for 30 minutes.

After your dough has rested in the fridge, divide your ball of dough into 2 or 3 pieces and begin rolling it out.  Try to get it as thin as possible using the rolling pin.  Pick up the piece of dough and flip it over each time, sprinkling a bit of flour if it's sticky.  Keep rolling it until it's about as thin as a coin.  (If you have a pasta roller - you can use it to get it extra thin, but it's not necessary).


Once your pasta has been rolled out very thin, cut long strips with the pastry cutter - about 1 1/2 inch wide.


Next, cut the strips into rectangle shapes, and pinch at the center. So simple and fun!


Kids love to get their hands in on this part!

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Lay the Farfalle out gently and bring a large pot of salty water to a rolling boil.


Cook until just al dente, drain and serve with your favorite sauce.