There is nothing better than fresh pasta. A pasta machine is relatively cheap and I consider this the cheapest form of therapy.
Garnish with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh chopped roma tomatoes and basil. Perfect side dish to any meal. You can also flavor your fresh pasta while making it, incorporate fresh crack black pepper or minced up fresh basil while passing the dough through the pasta machine. Go a step further and when making the dough add sauteed spinach and turn your pasta green! You can always make this dough a day ahead.
Soothing, relaxing and oh so romantic.
Feel like an Italian Grandmother tonight and make some fresh pasta! Complimenti alla cuoca!
3 cups All Purpose Flour, plus more for sprinkling
3 whole Eggs
1 whole Egg Yolk
2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons Water
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
On a clean and flat surface of your counter top pile the flour and create a bowl in the middle of the flour. One at a time crack the eggs and the egg yolk into the center of the flour. Very gently start whisking the eggs into the flour with your fingers and bring the edges of the flour over the top of the eggs.
Add the salt and garlic powder into the flour and eggs. Once the dough starts to come together, slowly start drizzling in the water to wet the mixture. Continue folding the flour and eggs over onto itself. Start drizzling the olive oil over the top and incorporating it into the dough. If the mixture is too tacky at this point sprinkle additional flour over the top and incorporate. Knead the dough a few times. The dough should feel soft and dry, not too wet.
At this point, you can either continue to roll out the dough or I like to freeze for later use. Lightly oil dough and wrap tightly in saran wrap. Thaw to room temperature when you’re ready to use.
Sprinkle the flour on your pasta machine and dough. Roll out pasta starting at the 0 setting on your pasta machine. Work your way up on the settings slowly, careful not to tear the dough. Work your way up to a 6 or 7. Your preference on how thin or thick you want your dough.
Once you’ve rolled out your dough, pick your pasta setting and cut out your pasta to your preference onto a well floured sheet pan. Cook pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain well.
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Don’t forget the wine!
Roll out pasta starting at the 0 setting on your pasta machine. Work your way up on the settings slowly, careful not to tear the dough. Work your way up to a 6 or 7. Your preference on how thin or thick you want your dough.
Once you’ve rolled out your dough, pick your pasta setting and cut out your pasta to your preference. Toss in flour or cornmeal on a sheet pan to keep pasta from sticking together.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain well and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper or pair with your favorite sauces. Serve with a good french baguette and a big glass of wine.
Savor and Enjoy!