Fresh Pasta

Is homemade pasta a basic thing for you? For some people it is a basic thing.

Like pasta, hmm, dry or homemade tonight?

Not for me. I had no idea that pasta was made entirely from flour. And eggs. And salt!

And you know, homemade pasta is just so good, so filling, so tasty, it doesn't take much to dress it up.

A bulb of fried garlic (ten please).

Some chili flakes and olive oil.

Feta cheese.

You can add bacon if you like. For me, for a while, I'm off the pig (it's a terrible, dark time for us all).

Do you have a pasta-maker? That will make it easier to get it thin.

I don't have one, so I went after it with my rolling pin, full of confidence. But it was still really thick.

Unless you like it thick.

And I do.

Homemade Pasta Dough (adapted from David Lebovitz)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups flour
4 large eggs, at room temperature

Place the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer, or mix them up and create a mound on the counter top with a crater in the center. If using a stand mixer, add the eggs to the dough and mix them together with the paddle or dough hook until well mixed. On the counter top, crack the eggs into the center of the flour and semolina. Use your fingers to gradually draw the dry ingredients into the center, mixing them with the eggs. The dough will be hard to mix at first – a pastry scraper will help you draw it all together – but eventually it will come together and be relatively smooth.

Knead the dough with the heel of your hand for at least three minutes until the dough is very smooth. The dough should not feel sticky. If it sticks to your fingers, knead in a small amount of flour, just enough so your fingers come away clean when you pull them away. Wrap the dough and let it sit at room temperature for an hour.

(You can keep the dough for several hours at room temperature.)


Cakebrain said...

oh my. look at all that yummy goodness! i haven't had fresh pasta in ages! looks so good!

Anne Regalado said...

Thick or thin as long as it's fresh and full of flavor just like in that plate , it will be gone in a flash ! I want a plateful of that deliciousness , please ;D

Una Semplice Passione said...

Ciao, I have chosen you for the Liebster Blog award! Have a look on my blog. Lovely recipe of fresh pasta. I make it often but I have to say I sometimes wished I had a pasta maker as it makes life easier :D.

Jay said...

absolutely lipsmacking..;P

Tasty Appetite

Evelyn said...

I love homemade pasta! Your timing is fantastic...I've written and scheduled a post on my blog about the very same thing! (except mine is gluten free and yours looks better)

Zoe said...

I have not tried making fresh pasta all the way from scratch yet. This has always in my wish-list but I and sad to say that I have not done it yet. For this reason, I wouldn't think this is a basic thing...I would consider this freshly made pasta dish is a delicacy. It is simple but beautiful.

jeannesioux said...

One of my favorite recipes is a chicken noodle soup made from homemade noodles. When we were in Arizona, we were able to get a little pasta making machine. The kids had fun making the noodles. They are very filling, and it is also easy to add spinach for terrific green noodles.

LynnieBee said...

YAY!!! Been making homemade pasta with my Nana all my life :) SO GOOD!!!

Justin Pack said...

I would like this again

a. maren said...

oo evelyn i would love to try your glutenfree kind! don't tell anyone but i'm thinking of going gf again...i missed cakes and cookies, but man i felt pretty great!

Michaela said...

I'm pretty sure the first time I tried it took me 30-40 minutes to cook the silly stuff it was so thick. And I had a pasta maker! Turns out, it takes Several passes through the rollers, not just 3.

But the next time. Ooh. We put cut up spinach in it, and it was divine.