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Friday, September 3, 2010

Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta Ingredients

So let's get started. To make the pasta you just need 3 simple ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • some salt

Preparing Homemade Pasta Dough

First, add a pinch of salt to the flour. Next, you'll want to mound your flour up on a wide flat surface and make an indentation in the middle like a well. The eggs go in the well, and then you simply beat the eggs gently, adding in flour from the side while retaining the mounds shape.

Knead the Pasta Dough

Once you have a dough that looks something like this, dust your surface with some flour and start kneading it. Knead the dough like this for a few minutes and when it's gotten to a substantial, slightly sticky consistency, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it for at least an hour.

Cut the Homemade Pasta Dough

After it's rested and cooled, the pasta dough is ready to be rolled flat and cut into noodles. I like to use this pasta machine which is available cheaply either online or in specialty cooking stores to roll the pasta. But you can use a rolling pine as well. Just make sure you keep the pasta dough well dusted with flour so it won't stick. I'm going to make long pasta here and drape them over this rack. You can also lay the pasta flat but again just make sure it's well dusted with flour so it doesn't stick.

Using a Pasta Machine

Make it flat. So now I am going to run this pasta through this pasta machine. This has rollers inside that roll it flat. I do have to say it's a lot easier than a rolling pin. But a rolling pin does work.

Once the pasta dough has been flattened, you can cut it into strips or shapes - whatever you like. You can cut it long and thin like linguini and fettuccini or you can cut it into sheets like lasagna.

Now at this point the pasta is ready to be cooked immediately if you want. Fresh homemade pasta - there's really nothing quite like it.

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