Resting Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (for 4 portions):
- 400 g flour (type 00)
- 4 large eggs
- (olive oil)
- Start by placing the flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs inside, add a pinch of salt.
- Slowly whisk the eggs with a fork, then start mixing with the flour. When they are combined (the mix is going to be a bit crumbly) start kneading with your hands. Keep going for about 5 minutes until. Pasta dough needs to be work well! If it doesn't combine that well because it's too dry, I usually just pour a tiny amount of olive oil on my hand and continue kneading.
- Now form a ball and wrap it in a humid cloth for 30 minutes. Let it rest at room temperature.
Rolling the pasta:
With a rolling pin:
Without a pasta machine this part is going to be slightly more difficult but it's pretty straight forward: Simply roll the dough very thin with a rolling pin and then cut it as desired..
With a pasta machine:
I am used to working with a manual machine (got the one from my boyfriends 90 year old nonna and yes I like to tell that story :-D) but in the end it's the same process for automatic machines:
- Dust the work surface lightly with flour. Cut your dough in 5-6 parts.
- Take one part, knead it a little and press it flat, then roll it through the pasta machine on the widest setting. Reapeat a few times, then repeat on an medium setting. Finally roll it thorugh at the narrowest setting and you got your dough ready.
- Dust it a bit with flour.
- If you cut it by hand or roll it though the other part of the machine depends on which type of pasta you want to make. Most machines can only do spaghetti and fettucine.
- Repeat all this with the other dough parts. Set your pasta aside (I put it ona sheet of baking paper) and bring yor water to boil.
- Remember that fresh pasta only needs to be cooked for a 3-4 minutes to be al dente!
Easier types of pasta to make are for example lasagna sheets, spaghetti, pappardelle and fettucine. For most short pasta you will need special equipment.