Preparing a fresh pasta dough recipe is quite common in Italian cuisine, but it is a bit more time consuming than using the pre-packaged pasta varieties.If you decide to make your pasta in advance, you might want to plan some space for drying it out for storage.
You can hang the sliced pasta over wooden dowls or spoons, or invest in a fancier drying rack.
Either way, you'll need space away from moisture for this step before you can package it up for another day.
Of course, if you want to remain authentic in all of you're Italian pasta recipes, more power to you!
This simple recipe should be a good stepping stone for creating a delicious pasta from scratch!
Makes 1 lb of pasta
On a flat, smooth surface, make a mountain of the flour. Create a well in the center of the mound and break the eggs into this well. Beat the eggs lightly with a fork, begining to incorporate the flour along the edges of the well. Continue to incorporated the flour into the eggs until it starts to come together.
Begin to knead the dough, using both your hands for at least 15 minutes, in 3 minute increments, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky. Make sure to flour your work surface if the pasta attempts to stick to it.
When you are done kneading, the dough should be smooth, firm and elastic. (A little stickiness is fine!) Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
Roll the dough out to the desired thickness and cut into whichever shape you wish. This process can be made a lot simpler with all the new technology for pasta making, such as attachments for your stand-mixer or even a pasta machine.
Practice makes perfect, so don't give up if your first attempt is unforgiving! Soon you will be making delicious, fresh pasta for all of your family to enjoy!
Now you're ready to cook your freshly made pasta for a heavenly meal.
If you aren't cooking your fresh pasta right away, your next step is to dry it.
You can hang the pasta strips over wooden spoon handles, a wooden dowl, or across a rack. If you aren't using your oven for a while, you could also hang the strips over the top shelf. Be creative and you'll find the perfect spot for drying your freshly made pasta.
As soon as it is fully dried, you can store it in a zip lock bag or a sealable container until you're ready to serve your favorite Italian pasta dish.