If you can be annoyed with the mess making fresh pasta is definitely worth it. It provides a lighter texture and it only takes around 5 minutes to mix the ingredients, roll and cut into your desired shape. With little ingredients and even less practice it's a great way to show off in front of dinner guests while sipping on a beer.
Makes enough for 2 people
- 2 Whole eggs and 1 egg yolk
- 00 Pasta flour 250g
Pour the flour on to a clean work surface and make a well. Crack the eggs into the middle and using a fork break up the eggs while gradually incorporating the flour.
When the flour and eggs have combined to a workable dough start to knead. Unlike bread this doesn't need to be too aggressive. You can roll the dough straight away or wrap in cling film until needed. Ensure you don't leave the dough in the open air as it will dry out very quickly forming crusty patches on the surface.
When ready to roll form the dough into a rough rectangle the same width as the pasta roller. If you have made more than my quantities (for 2) it's advisable to cut the dough into batches to make it more workable.
Have extra flour ready to dust the pasta as it rolls. This will prevent it from sticking and provide a silkier texture.
For the first few rolls the idea is to roll then fold. This is necessary to give the pasta a smooth finish. The settings on most pasta machines go from 1 (the widest setting) to 5 (the narrowest). Feed the pasta into the machine on the lowest setting and start to crank the handle. Dust with flour, fold and repeat. Do this 3/4 times until you start to feel the pasta become smooth.
When you get to setting number 3 on the machine there is no need to fold the pasta after each role. Keep narrowing the setting, remembering to dust the pasta until you get the pasta to about 1-2 mm in thickness.
To cut the pasta into your desired shape use the cutting attachment which usually has a few different options to choose from.
Once cut separate the strands to prevent them from sticking together. Cook in heavily salted water for around 2 minutes.