Mani in pasta! How to make homemade pasta

I love pasta. Seriously love it. During university years, when I was a skint student, pasta was my everyday lunch and dinner. pasta making

Now, it’s my comfort food after a hard working day, when I’m too tired to make complicated recipes or I just want a taste of home. Recently, I learnt to make my own homemade pasta. It’s very easy and with a bit of practice, you can have your own pasta ready in around half an hour.

It’s a rewarding experience eating your own pasta. The general rule about pasta is to use 100gr flour with 1 egg per person. The following recipe is therefore enough for one person and needs to be multiplied by the number of people eating. If you can get the 00 Flour it is definitely worth it. 00 Flour (Doppio Zero) is a very finely sieved flour used in Italy for making egg pasta and also cakes.
Ingredients:

100gr 00 Flour

1 egg

Cold water if necessary

Method

Mound the flour

Make a well in the centre and break the eggs into the well

Whisk it with a fork, incorporating the flour as you whisk

Gradually incorporate more and more flour until a ball is formed. You may need to add a little bit of cold water if the dough is too dry and is not coming together

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface – it should be soft, pliable and not sticky or wet to the touchpapunette making pasta

Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic with a lightly glossy appearance.  This is done in order to develop the gluten in the flour and will make your pasta springy rather than soft and flabby

Cover with damp tea towel and leave for 30 minutes

To roll out the dough, divide into 2 or 3 manageable portions

Work with one portion at a time, keeping the rest covered

Using a pasta machine: put the dough through the machine rollers (on number 5 or the largest) for 8 times, folding it in half each time

Put the dough through the rollers making the settings smaller each time (no need to fold it in half at this stage). Repeat until the dough is the chosen tickness

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Mani in pasta! How to make homemade pasta

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