DIY Pasta Drying Rack
Homemade pasta has a unique taste and texture and cooks in less than half the time of dry pasta.
Fresh homemade fettuccine cooks in 3 to 4 minute versus 12 minutes or more for dried fettuccine. You can use fresh pasta to make sheets for lasagna, cannelloni, or ravioli or cut it into spaghetti or fettuccine.
Making fresh pasta isn’t difficult with todays pasta machines and food processors. Mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting the dough by hand is a thing of the past, but still possible it you are up to the challenge. Once you’ve mastered making homemade pasta, you may find yourself making and serving it more often than you thought.
Although dried homemade pasta takes a few more minutes to cook compared to freshly made pasta, it is a convenient way to make pasta in advance and store it until needed. Spaghetti, fettuccine, and lasagna can be made days or weeks in advance, dried, and stored in a cook place until ready to cook. Fresh ravioli can be refrigerated or frozen.
Drying Homemade Pasta
There are several methods for drying homemade pasta:
- You can lay it out on a clean table cloth separating the strands to prevent sticking.
- Lay the pasta over a clean broomstick or wood rod suspended on the backs of two chairs.
- Buy a pasta drying rack.
- If you are handy with a tools make a simple drying rack, like the one pictured, that easily assembles and disassembles for storage.
Click on the links below for plans in Imperial (English) or Metric (SI) units and to watch a short video making this DIY pasta drying rack.
Metric dimensions are approximate based on standard lumber sizes in the United States.