Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Recipe: Fresh Pasta

A while ago I bought a pasta maker off one of those daily deal websites. I'd always been keen on making my own pasta and while you don't need a pasta maker to do it, it does make the process a whole lot quicker and easier.


INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp olive oil

METHOD
Mound the flour on a clean work space. Make a well in the center.

Break the eggs into the well and add the salt and olive oil. Gently mix together with a fork.

Gradually start incorporating the flour.

Once your dough starts to take shape, use your hands to continue working the dough until it comes together.

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.

Set aside and cover in gladwrap. Leave it to rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Keep each section covered.

Flatten 1 of the dough pieces until it forms a thick oval disk. Lightly dust with flour and make sure to flour the rollers and your hands.

With the roller set to the widest setting, pass the pasta through a few times until smooth.

Fold the dough over into 1/3 and continue to pass through the machine a few times until nice and smooth again.

Adjust the pasta machine to a thinner setting, passing the dough through a few times at each setting (you want your pasta sheets to be fairly thin but not so thin that they rip).

Now you can leave it as sheets if you're making lasagna or put it through the spaghetti or fettuccine part of the machine.


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4 comments:

Cat said...

Isnt' it fun and so yummy

Ange - Tall, Short and Tiny said...

I'm going to have to give this a try; thanks for linking in :)

Leonie said...

Thanks for sharing - will be giving it a go!

Time Flies said...

Awesome work, LOVE making my own pasts always taste better than store brought