Make Your Own Pasta

Learn to Make Your Own Pasta

You can make pasta without a machine; all you need is your rolling pin and a bit of patience.


Home-made Pasta

Makes: 4 portions.
Prepraration Time: 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 500g cake flour (maida)
  • 5 extra large eggs
  • 5mg salt

To make:

Step 1 - Pour the flour and salt onto a clean surface and make a hole in the middle. Crack the eggs open into the hole. You could beat the eggs lightly with a fork until the yolks and whites are mixed before working the flour evenly from the inside, until the eggs are no longer runny. Work the leftover flour over the mixture.

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Step 2 - Knead the dough until the flour and the eggs are mixed through; add more flour if needed. The dough should be moist but not sticky.
Knead until smooth but be careful not to overdo it. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Work one piece with your fingers and the palm of your hands then wrap the rest of the dough in cling-wrap.

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Step 3 - Sprinkle the surface with flour and roll the dough out with a rolling pin until even and thin.                                                                                                    

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Step 4 - Cut off the edges on either side of the dough (which should now be circular) to form a rectangular shape.

Step 5 - Roll the dough around the rolling pin and pull the rolling pin out immediately.

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Step 6 - Using a very sharp knife, cut the rolled up pasta into strips for tagliatelle, roll the pasta open and hang it out to dry. A wooden dish rack works well for this – if you don’ t have one, a long dowel stick, which you can get at a hardware store, could also work. Then drape the strips over it and leave to dry (about 2-3 hours). If you’ re planning to eat the pasta immediately, sprinkle the strips with flour and roll it into little nests until you’ re ready to cook it.

Tips

  • Use eggs at room temperature.
  • To colour your pasta red, use the cooled water that beetroot has been cooked in, add it to the eggs and then the flour – you may need fewer eggs.
  • Don’ t knead the dough on a cold surface such as marble; the warmth of your hands improves the elasticity and texture of the dough.
  • The amount of the flour used can be changed according to the size of the eggs, the moisture in the air and the flour.
  • Always keep dough you have not rolled out yet covered, as it dries out easily.
  • It’ s important to roll the dough out evenly, to ensure that it also cooks evenly.
  • While rolling out, the dough will spring back constantly so ask someone to hold the one side while you roll out the other.
  • Cook 500g fresh pasta in 4 litres of salted, boiling water – it’ ll take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Fresh pasta will last for about 3-4 days in an airtight container.

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seems so easy but it is not. requires patience and practice and with that comes really good results

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nice .....

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well, don't we have any substitute to egg in the recipe ?

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Thats cool. My kids love pasts. Will be glad to try it.

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thank you,I am going to give it a try just now

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