Have you read and entered on this blog post and the Facebook and Instagram posts, if not, what are you waiting for, there’s only a few days left to enter! After a spurt of intermittent power and no water, we finally had a day with both, that allowed Oli and I to try out our fabulous Philips Avance Pasta Maker.
Those of you who have followed me for a while, will remember the Philips Airfryer campaign I worked on last year, where I also gave one away. I seriously rate this appliance and I literally use it almost every single day and continue to do so. So basically, this appliance had set the bar for me with regards to the Philips brand. Does the Avance Pasta Maker live up to the Avance XXL Airfryer? Absolutely. And what’s even better, is that it’s so easy, my 6-year-old, Oli could operate it with ease! I’ve always been a fan of fresh pasta, and have bought it regularly, but this was my first time making my own at home.
Here’s how simple it is –
It took THREE minutes to start extruding the spaghetti, automatically I might add!
Oli’s favourite homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs
Here’s the super simple pasta dough recipe I used from the accompanying recipe book that came with the machine:
250 grams wheat flour
95 grams – one egg and remainder of the weight in water
- Put a large pot of water on to boil
- Tip the flour into the machine, and replace the lid, switching the machine on to start mixing
- Mix the egg and water together and then pour, slowly, through the slot in the lid while it is mixing
- After 3 minutes the pasta will begin to extrude and you can use the tool that comes with the machine to ‘chop’ the spaghetti to the length that you want it
- Once the water has come to a boil, salt generously and add in your freshly made pasta – cooking time is a personal preference, but with spaghetti it shouldn’t take longer than 4 minutes to be cooked perfectly (keep some pasta water for the sauce)
- I’d love to tell you I made the meatballs from scratch to accompany my fresh pasta, but this time I decided to use what was in my freezer (what with loadshedding) – so I resorted to our favourite pack of Woolworths Beef & Pork Frikkadels – which I airfried for 12 minutes
- Easiest ‘red sauce’ – as my kids call it – ever – one bottle of Tomato Passata gets added to 1 tbsp of olive oil and two cloves of crushed garlic, with 1 tsp of sugar to counteract the acidity and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes, adding in a couple tbsp’s of pasta water, before adding the meatballs in to warm
- Once everything is cooked, toss the spaghetti in with the sauce and meatballs then plate up – I love some torn basil leaves added with ours, but Oli has a request for no ‘funny leaves’ on his – how easy was that, and it was super delicious!
If this hasn’t convinced you that you need this beauty in your life, I don’t know what will. We’re so excited to try out some lasagne in the machine this week. Don’t forget to enter now!