handmade pasta

we’ll show you how to make pasta the old fashion way… by hand. i (priscilla) learned this recipe at a local cooking class in florence, italy. all you need is a rolling pin. we’ve tried a wine bottle before, but unless your biceps are the size of cantaloupes, we suggest investing in a simple rolling pin. and of course, having a stand mixer and pasta maker makes life easier, but where’s the fun in that?

serves 2, or 1 hungry beast

all-purpose flour 100 g
egg 1

  • pour flour onto a clean flat surface, make a crater in the center, and crack an egg into center
  • using a fork, slowly mix egg with flour, work from inside out so you don’t break the crater
  • once flour and egg are completely incorporated, start kneading the dough with your hand
  • sprinkle flour generously over working service to prevent sticking
  • the dough is done when it’s no longer sticking to your hands
  • plastic wrap the ball of dough and let it rest for at least 30 min in the fridge
  • clean working surface and remove the dough from the fridge
  • generously sprinkle flour over cleaned surface, rolling pin, and dough
  • begin rolling, sometimes it helps to cut the dough in half if not enough working space
  • roll the dough until it is slightly translucent, but of course the thickness of the pasta is completely up to you
  • dust the flat dough with flour
  • gently fold the dough into a small log, do not press hard
  • cut pasta into desired width
  • unfold individual strands of pasta, dust with flour to prevent sticking
  • boil pasta in salted water for a minute or less and serve with your favorite sauce
egg in a crater of flour

egg in a crater of flour

start from the center, use a fork to mix the egg with the flour

start from the center, use a fork to mix the egg with the flour

knead the dough until smooth

knead the dough until smooth

plastic wrap the dough to rest for at least 30 min in the fridge

plastic wrap the dough to rest for at least 30 min in the fridge

keep the working service clean to roll the dough

keep the working service clean to roll the dough

don't be afraid of the flour. you need excessive amount to prevent the dough from sticking together

don’t be afraid… you need excessive amounts of flour to prevent the dough from sticking

roll the dough to paper thin

roll the dough to paper thin

fold the rolled dough and cut it into desired width

fold the rolled dough and cut it into desired width

freshly made pasta ready to be cooked!

freshly made pasta ready to be cooked!

this sauce goes well with tagliatelle

serve the pasta with your favourite sauce

commentaries:

jun:

fresh pasta cooks a lot faster than dried store-bought pasta, sometimes 1-2 min is enough.
if your pasta tastes “tough” or too al dente, it might be too thick

priscilla:

the use of the pasta dough is versatile. except the long pastas we are showing here. you could also make ravioli, lasagna, or even use it to wrap a loaf of meat for roasting.

the original recipe uses type 00 extra soft wheat flour. i understand not everyone has it at home and all-purpose works just as fine.

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