Wednesday, June 04, 2014

How to make fresh pasta from scratch

You don't really need a recipe for making pasta. For each cup of flour add one egg, one tablespoon of olive oil and water as needed.  One cup of flour should make enough pasta for two people.

Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Make a well and add eggs and oil to flour, very slowly, mixing with a spoon. As mixture becomes lumpy, begin to press together and knead with your hands. If mixture seems too dry and grainy, add one  tablespoon of water at a time until mixture holds together into a ball.

Removing dough from the mixing bowl, begin to knead dough for 2 minutes on a lightly floured board or table top.

Cut dough in halves, cover bowl with a plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for 30 minutes.

Roll out on a floured surface to desired thickness or roll thru a pasta machine. Dry slightly before using.

I used a Chitarra to cut the pasta but you can also use a knife and cut the pasta to the desired shape.

Note: Very important. . . Allowing the dough to rest will improve the texture of the pasta when finished.

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