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May 19, 2016

fresh pasta

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I don’t make pasta that often, but I find it therapeutic to do so. If you are going to do this, you are going to need a pasta roller. I suggest a Kitchen-aid attachment if you already have one of those. You can get it here.

Using ’00 flour results in the smoothest pasta. It isn’t incredible easy to find, so all purpose also works it just turns out a little more dense. I referenced Anne Burrell’s recipe when I started making pasta because for years I watched her make all Mario Batali’s pasta on Iron Chef, she’s literally a pasta genius.

Ingredients

4 eggs plus one yolk
1 lb ’00 flour (typically used in Italy for pasta and pizza)
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ cup olive oil
1 tspn water plus more as needed

Recipe

In a very large bowl make a mound of your flour and salt, gently swirling them together. Now dig a well in the center. In the center drop your eggs and yolks and oil in the middle plus one TBSP of water. Using a fork gently swirl around the egg mixture until it is “scrambled” then start to incorporate only bits of flour into the mixture each time. Eventually it will resemble dough. If it is too dry add more water tsp. by tsp. until it has formed a ball. Turn the dough on a floured surface and knead the dough for 15 minutes. Give it all you have and just think of it as a workout for your arms. Dig the heels of your palms into the dough and then sort of roll it back to your fingertips each time. Flipping and folding occasionally. Once the dough feels super elastic-y and bounces back after to you give it a push, then it is ready. Let is rest for 1 hour and then roll cut into 4-portions gently roll it out with a rolling pin and feed it through the pasta roller 2 times on setting “1” and then one time on each other setting until you get to “5”. Once you are done, you should be able to see through it slightly. Send it through the roller to the cut you like or if you like a papardelle and you have a steady hand use a pizza cutter. Hang on a pasta drying rack like this. It’s nice because it collapses. Alternatively, you could hang it over the back of a chair. My kids like to help make the pasta, so they each get a piece of dough to roll and my dogs hover around the whole time, so the chair thing isn’t working for me. Believe me, I tried once. When you are ready boil water in a big pot with 2 tsp of salt at least. Boil for 3 minutes or until it is as done as you want it. Manga!

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