Making your own pasta is truly a fun thing. Although the dough can be made in a food processor, a more traditional method for making pasta is to use your hands and a hand cranked pasta machine. A month ago, I had a plate of shrimp fettuccine in white sauce at Colori Kitchen. OMG, the pasta was heavenly! When I had my first bite, I immediately could tell they made their pasta fresh. Its texture is more tender and the difference is out of this world!
¼ tsp (a pinch)
|Italian 00 flour or All purpose flour
Olive Oil (optional)
- Mound the flour on a work surface and then make a well in the center.
- Break the eggs into the well and add oil and a pinch of salt, if using. Beginning to whisk the eggs and oil together with a fork, incorporating a little of the flour as you do so. Gradually blend the flour with the eggs, you can add a little water if you think the dough is too dry. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until you have a nice dough which is not too sticky and not too dry.
- It will take at least 6 minutes kneading to achieve a smooth and elastic texture with a slightly glossy appearance.
- Wrap the dough loosely in plastic and let rest for 30 minutes.
- After the pasta has rested, run through pasta rollers on widest setting, crank the dough through two or three times. Fold it in thirds, turn the dough 90 degrees and feed through again. If the dough feels sticky, lightly flour the outside surfaces each time it is rolled. Repeat this folding and rolling process eight to ten times.
- Reduce the width of the rollers by one setting and pass the dough through, at this point, the dough is not folded. Repeat, setting the rollers one notch closer each time until you have rolled the desired thickness.
- To cook the pasta, boil it for only about 2 minutes in a large pot of salted water.