Pasta Paradise: How To Make Homemade Pasta In 5 Steps
2 Cups of unbleached, all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for kneading
3 Large eggs
1 Teaspoon water
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon olive oil
Before you start, make sure that the counter top is clean and lightly dusted with flour.
Using a bowl or the counter top, pile the flour up in a cone shape, making a well in the center. Beat the rest of the ingredients together and drop into the well.
With your hands or a fork, mix the ingredients together until they form a ball of dough, taking care to not overwork the mixture. Knead for about 7 to 8 minutes, adding a little flour from time to time, until the dough is smooth and elastic, and no longer sticky. Break the dough into four pieces, covering three of the pieces with cling wrap to prevent them from drying out, while you work with the fourth.
Making sure that the counter top is lightly floured, roll out each piece of dough with the rolling pin into a rectangular shape, until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough and roll again, until it is the same thickness. Repeat this process about eight or nine times. Pasta swells when it is cooked, so make sure that the dough is rolled out as thin as possible.
The CutYou can cut your hand-rolled pasta with a hand-held pasta slicer or by hand. Toss the pasta lightly in flour, and leave it lying in a covered bowl while you prepare your sauce and the water for boiling your pasta. Prepare your sauce first, because handmade pasta only takes about 3 to 4 minutes to cook, and can be added to the boiling water just before serving.