Learn How to Make Fresh Egg Pasta! It isn't difficult to make at home! I've been making my own for years and it's really not difficult. It's as easy as mixing egg and flour for heaven's sake! Sure, there are purists out there who I'm sure like to create the illusion that there's some unfathomable techniques at play - but in reality - if you want to make pasta using your own hands, that is totally delicious and edible it's not a scary situation!
There are plenty of recipes for 'the greatest pasta ever' etc. But mine follows a simple recipe adapted from all the lovely Instagram nonnas at @pastagrannies - if it's good enough for the nonnas then who am I to argue!?
The magic ratio for fresh egg pasta
This will make a lovely smooth pasta with a rich, silky texture from the egg yolks. 4oz/110g will serve 2 people a nice portion of fresh pasta. The recipe shown is using this amount.
Get the tech
Now, you will need some technology here to help you roll out the pasta. I'm not such a purist that I'm going to have you roll it out by hand with a traditional matarello (rolling pin) - so I'm going to require you purchase a pasta rolling machine. Manual is perfectly fine and great fun - especially for kids! There are some great electric rollers too. Oh, and if you own a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you can buy a pasta rolling attachment. I've included some great options to purchase at Amazon (including the machine I use) here.
Once you learn how to make fresh egg pasta - the doors are open to a delicious array of creations like Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle or Spaghetti Amatriciana that will feel even more special with the unique texture of home made pasta.
1. Select the right flour
If you want the best textured pasta, use 'Tipo 00' <Affiliate Link> - it's a flour that's been milled twice to make give it a more refined texture. This is what makes it best for pasta. You can of course use plain/all-purpose flour.
Tip the flour onto a board or large bowl and make a well in the centre. Break your egg into the centre and then add your egg yolk. Using a fork, start to whisk the eggs. Gradually the flour will begin to mix with the eggs and thicken.
3. Bring together
Once the egg becomes too stiff to whisk, use your hands to bring the mixture together into a soft dough. If the dough feels too wet, add a little flour. If it's too dry, add a tablespoon of water. It should come together into something that doesn't stick to the board or your hands.
Knead the pasta using your hands, for a good 10 minutes to create a smooth texture.
Roll the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Rest in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
6. Roll and shape
Cut the dough in half and then, using your pasta machine <affiliate link> roll the pasta through on the largest setting. Fold it into three then repeat the process a couple of times. Now roll the sheet through the machine, reducing the roller width each time until you reach the desired thickness - the pasta sheet will grow longer and longer. Don't drop it. My machine has 9 roller widths and I usually stop at 7 or 8. This gives a decent thickness of pasta that won't fall apart in the pan.
Your machine will most likely have two extra rollers - one to cut fettuccini/tagliatelle and another for spaghetti. To make these, just attach the roller you'd like and feed the pasta through. When you're done - dust the pasta with plenty of flour and separate each strand, then cover with a tea towel until you're ready to use.
You can also hang the pasta <affiliate link> to dry - It'll stay good for around 90 minutes. If you're in a humid environment or the kitchen is hot check regularly to ensure it's not sticking. Add more flour if it is.
When you're ready to eat - cook in plenty of generously salted water for 1-3 minutes.
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