Happy New Year!
Hope your 2020 is off to a great start.
How about this year we learn how to make fresh homemade pasta from scratch?
It’s so easy, it’s unbelievable and on top of you that you just need two ingredients. Yep, two. And you already have them in your pantry.
Eggs and flour.
Did I mention that no bowls are needed in this recipe? Just a squeaky clean work surface and you are good to go.
Start by making a well in the flour.
Then put the eggs in the well.
Since my eggs weren’t as big, I used 5.
Use a fork to lightly beat the eggs as you gradually incorporate the flour.
If you want to salt your dough this is the perfect time to do it. It’s totally optional though.
Keep using the fork to add in the flour.
Once the eggs are fully incorporated and your dough is coming together, go in with your hands and knead the dough.
Just as any dough, knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it’s no longer sticky.
Cover the dough with cling film or a damp cloth and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
At this point you can choose to freeze the dough for later use.
Fresh pasta dough can last 2-3 months when frozen.
Now the fun part, rolling out the dough.
Divide the dough into four parts.
Take one quarter and roll it out.
Roll it out as thin as you can. If you think it’s thin enough, roll it out again.
Then now to cut into different sizes.
The first is tagliatelle. About 1cm thick.
Flour both sides of the rolled out dough, then fold and cut vertically widths of about one centimetre.
Then pappardelle which is about an inch thick.
Again, flour the rolled out dough, fold and cut into inch thick slices.
Unravel the folds immediately. Sprinkle over flour to prevent the pasta from sticking.
Then finally farfalle or bowtie pasta. As the name suggests it’s in the shape of a bowtie.
Cut into rectangles then pinch at the centre to make the bowtie.
And there you have it.
Simple and fresh pasta from scratch.
If you want it brown use two cups atta flour and one cup all purpose flour.
The other benefit of fresh pasta is that it cooks so fast.
In salty boiling water add the pasta. Once the pasta starts to float it’s done. Takes about 3 – 5 minutes.
Drain the water and served as desired.
Delicious and the bite is glorious.
So far, this is how I’ve enjoyed the fresh pasta.