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I enjoy pasta.
But NOTHING beats homemade pasta.
If you have never tried fresh homemade pasta, then you are seriously missing out. It is delicious. It is nutritious. It is fabulouslicous. (I just made that word up, feel free to make it a ‘thing’)
It really isn’t that hard.
Of course, I say that to my husband and he usually responds with a grunt and something like, “Not for you.” So, hopefully I am not being offensive to you when I say it isn’t too hard.
It’s like those kids in class who finished the math worksheets in thirty seconds by saying, “That was easy.” And you are still on problem #2.
So, sorry if I’m being that kid.
Still, if you want something as delicious as fresh homemade pasta, and you have some stress you need to get out. This recipe is your perfect match. For real!
The recipe is pretty easy, you just use 1 cup flour for 1 egg. I ended up making a large batch of pasta last time.
I used five cups flour (I mixed whole wheat and white) and five eggs.
You also can add some olive oil (about a TBS per egg), but sometimes, I forget and it is still delicious.
Also, if the dough is too dry, you can add water to it. I will get to that in a minute.
So, here we are with our flour and eggs. I made a well in the middle of the flour and cracked the eggs into it.
Then, I started combining the dough.
This is the fun part, where you can really get your stress out. You work that dough and work it.
Somedays, when I’m not as stressed…I just do this in the mixer.
When the dough has become smooth, roll it into a ball. The ball should be me smooth and soft feeling. I actually added some herbs to this batch, that’s why it’s speckly. I added some basil and oregano.
Now, your dough is ready for the FUN part. This is where you are going to need a pasta maker. Guys, seriously, these aren’t really that expensive considering how much money you will be saving on making pasta at home. AND considering how delicious this pasta is.
Here is the one I use, it’s simple and inexpensive (around $30).
Now, you roll your pasta through. First, you have to make sure your pasta is thin enough to go through the machine (about 1cm thick), then slowly work the dough through each setting until you get the thinness you desire. I usually keep mine about 6 (you will know what I mean, when you get your machine!).
Let the pasta rest on a rack. I used chairs for a while, or this strainer, then I bought this. Much easier!
When it’s all finished, boil up some water. Once the water has been brought to a boil, stick your noodles in. Since this is fresh pasta, your noodles won’t take very long. Maybe 5-7 minutes.
Add some of your favorite sauce or just add some oil and eat.