Have you ever made your own pasta? No? Well I’m here to tell you that you should. Just go for it. It’s easy! And you’ll get to make tasty meals like homemade ravioli or lasagna or even simple noodles. Trust me, once you try fresh pasta, you’ll wonder what the heck is it that you’ve been eating all these years. Fresh pasta = nothing at all like “normal” pasta.
Let’s talk about what you’re going to need: 1) eggs 2) flour 3) rolling pin and (this is optional, but it will make your life much easier) 4) a pasta machine, like this one from Williams-Sonoma: (Image from Williams-Sonoma)
The pasta machine I have is very similar to this one but I bought it for 20€ at Casa Shops. I think they usually have them in stock.
So, how to make your own pasta: the recipe calls for one large egg for every 100g (3.5oz) of flour. That’s it. You just mix those ingredients using that ratio, and knead the dough for a couple of minutes. You should add a pinch of salt, of course.
When the dough is kneaded, use a rolling pin (you’ll need extra flour to dust the rolling pin) to roll it out until you reach the desired thickness, or until you can “insert” it into the pasta machine. You can use the machine’s attachments to make noodles, or make pasta rectangles so you can cook an awesome lasagna from scratch, just like this one (I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!).
This recipe for pasta opens up a whole world of possibilities – Raviolis! Lasagna! Awesome noodles! You can even mix into the dough some (cooked and drained) spinach to obtain green pasta. Give it a try if you haven’t already and tell me how it went.