Have you ever had homemade pasta? Like real freshly made pasta noodles? You can’t even compare it to the dry stuff we get from the grocery store. It’s in a league of its own.
If you think you can’t make it at home because it’s intimidating or because you don’t have a pasta machine or maker, I’m going to show you how you’re wrong. You can make pasta easily in your own home with very basic ingredients.
It starts with eggs and flour, with a little bit of salt and water too. You can make the dough in a food processor or with a stand mixer, but I like to mix it by hand. Use a fork and slowly start incorporating the flour and salt into the eggs and water in the center. As the mixture comes together, use your hands to shape it into a ball.
Portion the dough into four pieces and let rest for an hour. This will give the gluten time to relax, making it easier to roll out.
Next, roll each portion out individually. Keep rolling and rolling till you think you can’t roll any more. You want the dough to be very, very thin (even thinner than you see mine here). If you can almost see through it, you’re doing a good job.
Use a knife or rolling slicer to cut the dough into long strands. Or use the dough to make ravioli or another kind of filled pasta.
And there you have it, homemade noodles! Cook the pasta in generously salted boiling water for just a few minutes, and serve it up however you like it. This particular batch was tossed in a cream sauce with mushrooms and peas. A simple weeknight meal, but with a little something extra thanks to the homemade noodles.
Still trying to figure out your dinner plans for tonight? Well, I think I’ve got you covered.
- 3 cups (372 grams) all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon (4 grams) coarse salt
- 2-3 tablespoons water
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Dump out onto a clean surface into a mound and create a large well in the middle. Put the eggs and water into the well. Using a fork, slowly start stirring the edges of the flour into the eggs. Continue to stir the flour together with the eggs until a dough begins to form and you can gather it into a ball, using your hands if necessary.
- After the dough is shaped into a ball, cut it into 4 equal pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for one hour.
- Working with each piece separately, roll out on a floured surface until very thin. You want the dough to be as thin as possible, almost so that you can see through it. Use additional flour and a bench scraper to ensure the dough doesn’t stick to the surface.
- Cut the dough into ¼ inch strips. Using floured hands, gather strips of pasta into a nest and let rest for about 20 minutes to dry out. Cook in salted boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Serve as desired.
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