Homemade Pasta > Store Bought Pasta
There is nothing quite like it. It's hard to describe--that flavor...Mmm, and that texture...Yum! It actually has flavor, and it actually has texture.
AND you can control the flavor--that's the biggest advantage I see to making pasta at home. You want spinach pasta? Add a little spinach. Want herby pasta? Add some herbs.
The dough is very versatile and you can make whatever kind of pasta you want to out of it (ravioli, spaghetti, tortellini, etc..)
It's very easy, and it doesn't take too long either!
Basic Pasta DoughPrintable Version
Recipe by Tyler Florence
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Cornmeal, for dusting
Get your mise en place all ready.
Mise en place means 'everything in its place', meaning measure all your ingredients and have them handy before you start cooking. The first step to mise en place is always to read the entire recipe from start to finish, so you know what to expect.
Dump the flour onto a clean working surface, mix in the salt
Make it into a pretty little mound, then create a little well in the center
Beat the eggs (Oops, I forgot to!) and
Add the olive oil as well...
Start to lightly beat the eggs, gradually draw flour into the mixture while beating.
Slowly, but surely, draw more and more flour into the mixture until a firm dough starts to form.
Then, start kneading the dough.
If the dough is too dry and hard to knead, add a little hot water.
Knead until elastic-ey, form into a ball. Dust the tabletop with cornmeal as needed to prevent sticking.
If you're using an electric mixer...It's even easier!
Add the eggs and mix on low.
Slowly drizzle in the olive oil...
Mix until it comes together as a dough, then dump out onto a floured/cornmealed surface.
Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic-ey.
|This is what a picture looks like with horrible lighting.|
A butt! Bahahaha.
Then cover it with plastic and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Ta da! Pasta dough.
To use the dough, simple roll it out into a thin sheet & cut it into whichever shape you'd like.
To cook homemade pasta--it takes MUCH less time. Cook in boiling, heavily-salted water for 3-4 minutes until al dente. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce, pesto, or simply butter & parmesan cheese.