Homemade Pasta & Meatballs

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!

First, roll the dough into balls - but don't throw them!

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.

Here's how you rock and ROLL your pasta!

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!

Flat sheets of pasta dough are super floppy (we think that's 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)

Say cheese! And add as much as you want to your meatballs.

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!

Lola loves licking the bowl, but she begs for the meatballs themselves! YUM!

9 responses to “Homemade Pasta & Meatballs

  1. Love it! Meatballs and homemade pasta are two of our favorite things to make. In fact we made pasta twice last weekend. It is super easy to make with the kids–as are meatballs–plus it’s fun to eat up when you’re done!

    Thanks for showing everyone how easy it is 😀

  2. I am proud of my 3 grandchildren-A.O.L. (Adam,Olivia,Lia) are able to write a homemade receipt for pasta & meatballs,What a surprise!

    Keep it up, you guys could go very far… & one of these days you will write your own “Cook Book” &
    become “rich & famous”!!

    P.S.Lola certainly enjoy her good meal, I suppose?!

  3. Yum! Sounds delicious, and easy to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs now!

  4. Love it guys…must be that italian blood in you…nonna and nonna would be so proud!!!
    Good job and make some extra so we can pop in for Sunday lunch one day:)
    Luv ya
    Mylena xxx

  5. Hi Guys,

    You made it sound like so much fun to make pasta and meetballs. I loved your description of the meat and egg mixture squirting through your fingers as you made the meatballs. The photos that you included were great to see. I particularily liked the photo of your dog licking the bowl.

    Mary Louise

  6. Wow, are you ever brave! I have never had the courage to attempt making pasta – I can only imagine how it must all stick together as it gets cut. With my luck, it would all end up in a ball again! Good for you, and I hope you and your dog enjoy many more spaghetti and meatball meals!

  7. Have a Safe & Happy Halloween on Oct.31
    Enjoy as much as you can whie you’re young…..
    Olivia will dress as a horse
    Adam will as a Swat Team
    What about Lia?- Are you too old to go door to door “treat” or trick???


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