by Olivia, Age 10 & Lia, Age 12 (assisted by their brother Adam and Lola the puppy).
Part 1: How to Make Pasta (written by Olivia)
Since we got to know our friend Laura and she promised to teach us to how to make pasta, we wanted to make pasta with her and teach her how to make our family’s special meatballs.
Well, it happened to be the day before we moved to Nebraska from California.
First my brother Adam and I made the dough balls. It was TONS of fun!
We put water in flour and added some salt, then mixed it all up until it turned into dough. Then we let the balls sit for about 20 minutes. When that was finished, my brother and I had to stretch the dough, while our dog Lola darted around us.
First we had to put it through the pasta through the rollers in the KitchenAid mixer about ten times each, then more times through thinner settings until the dough was stretched so thin you could almost see through it. Then we used cutters to turn the stretched dough into raw linguini noodles. It was so fun!
Here’s how we made the noodles. We took the rollers off the mixer and put in the cutters. We put the stretched dough through the cutters and caught the cut dough and then you have noodles.
Then we started boiling the noodles. Fresh noodles only take about five minutes to cook.
We added sauce and our sister Lia’s meatballs and we had the best farewell dinner EVER!
Part 2: How to Make Meatballs (written by Lia)
Meatballs are a blast to make! I’ve known how to do it since I was eight years old.
First, you need your basic ingredient, which is about a pound of ground beef. Then, you’ll also need one egg, a little bit of milk, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, salt and (only if you want) chopped fresh parsley.
I wish I could tell you exactly how much you should put in, but I measure just by eyeballing it.
After you mix all those ingredients, you mush, mash and squash them with your hands. Of course, I love the funny feeling when the wetness of the milk and egg come together and squirt through my fingers.
To make your meatballs soft and fluffy, you have to “work the meat” just enough. To make the balls, you have to take a scoop (or your fingers) and shape them. As far as size, I like mine small. Then you fry them in a pan on the stove or bake them in the oven until they are brown and cooked all the way through.
Thank you for reading this — I hope you like my meatballs!