Perfect Pasta Recipe

This is the easiest thing ever. Homemade pasta!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 tablespoons warm water

Here’s what you do:

Place the flour on a floured surface.
Make a well in the center.  Break the eggs into the well.
Add the salt, oil, and water. Beat the mixture in the well with a fork.
Using a fork, gently start to work the flour into the liquid.
Continue until the dough becomes sticky and difficult to work with the fork.
Use your hands to form the rough dough into a ball.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.
Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Cover with a bowl or towel and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

How to use a pasta machine:

I am using the Marcato Atlas 180.

Divide up your dough into 4 equal pieces (it makes it easier to work in batches…but if you want to do 5 or 6, go for it!)

Put the machine on 1(that little dial thingie on the side) and run your dough through. 1 is the largest setting. Make sure your dough isn’t too dry or to wet. If it’s too dry it’ll crumble and if it’s too wet it’ll stick to your fingers. Both suck! So add water or flour to get it Baby Bear-like.

After you pass the dough through the machine, fold it in half and repeat step 1.

Crank to setting 2 and run the dough through. Then setting 4 and lastly through setting 6. I like even numbers…Odd numbers, are, well, odd!

After you get it through setting 6 you should have a nice uniformed somewhat thin sheet of pasta dough.

Now run it through the cutting end of the pasta machine. I prefer the fettuccine die as it is larger and easier to handle. Make sure to not let the pasta clump up as it comes through the cutter (die). If it does, you may have to start all over again as it is a bitch to pull apart and separate. So if that happens, pour another glass of wine and start over.

After I get my pasta cut I let it dry for a few. I think a half hour does the trick. I hillbillied a device to help prevent sticking and allow drying. It’s called a clothes hanger! Check it out!

After a half hour get a pot of boiling water ready and add the pasta until al dente. It’s fresh so it’ll take roughly half as long as the dried stuff. I prefer my pasta a little bit more tender so I cook til al dente and then add two minutes or so.


Hillbilly Ingenuity


~ by fogcityfoodie on January 20, 2011.

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