Making anything from scratch can seem a bit scary, but get over that because this is NOT! Not only is it simple, it will make every single pasta dish you make taste 100% better than using the old store bought boxed stuff!
Let's get started...
Serves: Four (4)
Four (4) eggs
Two (2) cups flour
Dash of salt.
*Increase as you wish, but for each cup of flour you add, add another two eggs.
On a floured work surface, pour the flour into a tall mound and make a well in the middle. Pour the eggs into the well, making sure that the sides of the well are high enough so the egg doesn't spill over. Add a dash of salt.
|Making your flour and egg well.|
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and allow to sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.
Set up your pasta machine by clamping it to a table, counter-top, or sturdy cutting board.
|I use the Norpro 1049 Pasta Roller/Cutter|
|This is roller setting #2|
|This is roller setting #5, almost finished.|
|I used the fettuccine cutter for the pasta shown here.|
Hang the pasta to dry about 2 hours before using.
|Hanging to dry.|
|Ready to enter a boiling pot of water.|
Bring a large pot of water to boil
Add 1/4 cup of salt to the boiling pot first. Now add pasta and cook 2-3 minutes.
Top with sauce of your choice!
Once your done with your pasta roller, brush it or wipe it with a dry towel. DO NOT clean with a wet rag as this will ruin your pasta rollers. If large pieces of dough are stuck inside, remind yourself to add a bit more flour when running them through the rollers next time. Allow the dough to dry and brush clean. Avoid using a wet rag at all cost!
Now, that doesn't seem so hard does it!? I bet it's easier than you thought. If you don't have a pasta roller, you can simply roll out each section with a wooden roller until very thing. Remember that pasta will "puff" up a bit when it's cooked so the thinner the better.
Once you get the hang of making basic pasta, experiment with it! Add in a pesto sauce or sun-dried tomatoes for flavor! Try a whole wheat or gluten free!The possibilities are endless.
Source: A combination of many recipes, finely tuned to my own liking!