Menu: After your first time, you need a quick and simple sauce, try this puttanesca. And if you’re like me, you will also need wine in order to accomplish making homemade pasta, so wine and lots of it!
Music: Norah Jones, my current fave song of hers is Sunrise on the album Feels Like Home
So, homemade pasta, I say? Sounds like a pain and not worth the time when pasta is so cheap at the market, right? WRONG! Homemade pasta is worth it when ya got the time. For me, when I have a rough day at the office, my hands yearn to knead me some dough. But the best part about homemade pasta: the light fluffy texture. Say goodbye to heavy, tummy-filling, over stuffing, chewy pasta. Once you have made a batch and reaped the benefits you will be making it over and over again 🙂
- 3 cups of flour (I usually make whole wheat pasta, which is a 2:1 ration of whole wheat flour to all-purpose flour)
- 1/2 tspn. salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 tspn. EVOO
- extra flour for dusting, and some water handy
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour(s) and salt. Pour onto large surface (with enough room for kneading) and gather into a large mound.
- Make a hollow in the center, and pour in the EVOO. Break eggs into the hole one at a time, while mixing quickly with a fork until the dough is wet enough to come together. (This can become extremely messy, so don’t give up! I have been making pasta dough for years and my neat little pile falls apart half the time. I just mix it the best I can and keep going. It eventually comes together and you have a nice little ball to knead!)
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is stiff and elastic, usually for a good 5 minutes. You might need to add more water if the dough is too hard to knead; or more flour is it is too wet. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes to relax.
- Cut the dough ball into quarters, flour what was the inside of the dough ball and flatten the section. Dust the pasta machine with flour as well. Start with the largest setting (7 on my machine) and begin to roll. I usually roll it a couple times in the largest setting and then move down by twos. Each section will roll into a long sheet. (Roll to lowest setting for angel hair, second lowest for spaghetti, and so on).
- Place rolled pasta sheets on towels until all pasta has reached desired thickness.
- Next, cut the pasta to desired shape (use maching for angel hair, spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, etc. or hand cut into parpadelle).
- Place the cut pasta on a floured platter and add flour each layer to prevent the pieces from sticking together (see photo from above).
- Have a salted pot of water boiling and add pasta as soon as you’re done. The pasta will only take 3 – 4 minutes. (Seriously, it seems to cook almost instantly so pay attention!) Remove from pot and serve immediately.