Friday, May 4, 2012

Fresh Pasta

Fresh pasta sounds fancy well it sure tastes that way and it's definitely worth making if you have the time. I'm not going to lie it's time consumptive for sure but the more you do it the easier it is and you can actually build speed doing it.  It's just a little bit more than a handful of steps but you can do it! I strongly suggest a Kitchen Aid Mixer plus the pasta attachment - it will give you days back on your life!

While the pasta takes a while to make it only takes 2-3 minutes to cook since it's so thin, so you can pretend to save time there.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons of water
Make it!
  1. Mix eggs, flour and salt together.
  2.  Add enough water to make the dough start to stick together but not too wet. I actually think it works better if it's a bit on the drier more crumbly side. If you add to much water, no worries, just add more flour.
  3. Knead the dough together so that it forms a rough ball shape. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
  4. Tear small pieces of dough off and roll it between your hands or on a cutting board to form a pasta worm.  Run it between the flat plates of your pasta attachment starting with the smallest number (setting 1 or 2). Run it through several times on settings 2, 4, 6 and 7 until you reach desired thickness.
  5. Hang your pasta sheet a pasta rack. Work through the rest of your dough until it is all flat sheets of pasta.
  6. Change the attachment to the fettucini or spaghetti attachment and run flat sheets of pasta through this - one time only.
  7. Hang pasta to dry or if you don't have a rack toss the fresh strips with plenty of flour so it doesn't stick together.

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