Want to make a delicious home cooked meal that will blow your sock off? Well, I must say that homemade pasta will certainly impress your dinner guests and light up your taste buds.
You will never need to eat that bland dried pasta again after you have eaten fresh homemade pasta. This recipe is so simple, that you will be amazed with the result.
So lets learn how to make this very simple meal from scratch. This recipe makes enough pasta dough to feed four people when cooked.
Homemade Pasta Dough
Firstly you will need some pasta flour 00. This mid protein flour is especially made for pasta and is available in most supermarkets or bulk stores. You will also need five fresh eggs (preferably from your own backyard chickens), a little olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
Measure out 250 gm (8.8 oz) of pasta flour into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the bottom of the flour and crack in three whole eggs and two egg yolks. The two egg yolks increase the richness of the pasta.
With a fork, mix the eggs tip yolk and white are combined, then with clean hands, mix the flour into the eggs to form a dough. When roughly mixed, add a splash of olive oil (about one teaspoon), and the pinch of salt.
Continue to mix the dough until it is totally combined and elastic. If you think it is a too moist, then add a little more flour and need until it is not so sticky.
Once you’ve made your dough you need to knead and work it with your hands to develop the gluten in the flour. Otherwise your pasta will be flabby and soft when you cook it, instead of springy and al dente.
Once kneaded, transfer to a bowl, cover, and allow to rest in the fridge for at least an hour but two is better. This helps when rolling out the dough.
Once rested, roll the dough on a well floured surface with a rolling pin, or run it through a pasta machine at #1 a few times to make the dough pliable. Then you can roll the dough to the required thickness to make your pasta. A good tip is that you can dust a bench top with ordinary plain flour instead of using the more expensive 00 flour. It saves you a bit of money in the long run.
To save a bit of money, you can vary the dough by using 250 gm of plain flour ’00’, 250 gm continental flour or semolina, 5 whole eggs and mix initially with a fork and then your hands until it forms a firm dough. This way you get a larger batch of dough, for less cost.
Add a splash of colour
To add some colour to your dough, you can also sauté a little spinach or silver beet leaves (no stem) in a teaspoon of oil, and when cool blend it into a paste and add a tablespoon to the dough mixture to give it a green colour. You may need to add a little more flour to compensate for the moisture in the spinach.
Uses for your dough
At this stage, you can just about make any type of pasta you like.
What I am going to do over the next couple of days is show you two great ways to use your pasta dough.
We are going to make Fresh Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, and then I am going to show you how to make Fettuccine with a simple tomato based pasta sauce. Both are very delicious variations using this very simple to make, homemade pasta dough.
Who loves to make their own pasta? Do you use a different method with a successful outcome?