When time is of the essence, making anything from scratch can be difficult. You don't want to mess up but you want to make a delicious meal. Pasta is quick and easy and very versatile when it comes to adding flavors and ingredients. From something subtle like sliced garlic and olive oil to something classic like Bolognese sauce, pasta can withstand lots of different flavors. It's easy to reach for boxed pasta, but making fresh pasta at home is much more rewarding. I strongly believe that once you have freshly made pasta, you will never go back to eating boxed pasta again. But what do you do when you don't have a pasta machine at home? Easy! Break out the flour, eggs and homemade sauce and follow these 3 steps to making fresh pasta at home without a pasta machine.
The Process of Mixing:
Mixing fresh pasta involves space and your hands. Making a well in the center of the flour, adding your eggs in the middle and then gradually incorporating flour from the sides is one of the keys to your fresh pasta. Keep mixing the eggs into all the flour. If still moist, sprinkle more flour until the dough begins to come together. If too dry, wet your hands with some water and continue to mix dough.
Knead, Knead, Knead!
Once all the flour and egg is combined, now is the time to place the dough on a flat floured surface and knead it. Fold dough into quarter turns and continue folding, pushing, and turning until the dough becomes smooth, elastic, and silky. Be sure to wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
After your dough has rested, flour your surface again and knead for 1 minute and cut dough into 4 sections. It's easier to roll out dough in smaller pieces versus rolling one large piece. Flour your rolling pin and roll dough loosely and evenly into a thin even layer, rolling as flat as possible. Once flattened, fold your sheet of pasta (resembling an omelet) and slice pasta into strips with a sharp knife. Allow pasta to dry for 30-40 minutes before cooking in boiling salted water until al dente.
If you have a food processor, mix flour and eggs in processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. Pour dough out onto a floured surface and continue steps 2 and 3 for the perfect pasta dinner.
And when that's done?
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