Pasta is included in most people’s diet and eaten all around the world. It can be eaten with so many different foods and favours and can be homemade or dried. The difference between the two is homemade pasta is fresh, meaning the texture is lighter, it takes less time to cook, and is more delicate in flavour. Fresh is always better.
Making homemade pasta is easy if you know how to do it. Once you’ve mastered making basic pasta there is so much you can then do from there. You can make loads of different shapes and sizes, you could even start to flavour the pasta dough, my favourite is adding some smoked paprika.
To start, all you need for every portion of pasta is, 75g of plain flour, 1 medium egg, pinch of salt, teaspoon of olive oil and some tap water. Therefore, if you wanted to make 2 portions, just simply double the ratio of each ingredient.
When making pasta you can either use just a clean work-surface or a mixing bowl.
- First, add the flour into a bowl, or on the work-surface, make a little well in the middle and crack in your egg.
- Add the salt and oil into the flour and eggs before combining the mixture together using your hands preferably.
- Once the pasta dough is starting to come together slowly add 1 tablespoon of cold water at a time into the mix until the pasta dough all gathers together and forms a ball.
- After the pasta dough has formed a dough, sprinkle some flour on the work-surface and knead for about 2 to 3 minutes. This will give the pasta a less dense structure making it lighter and more delicate after cooking.
- Once the kneading process has been done, wrap the pasta dough in cling film and place it into the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes get the dough out of fridge, throw away the cling film wrap and then knead the pasta again for another 2 minutes.
- Get the pasta machine and sprinkle some flour over it and over the work-surface again. If you don’t have a pasta machine, you could do this process with a rolling pin, but it will take time and muscle.
- With the pasta dough, press it down using the palm of your hand to flatten it out slightly and then with the pasta machine on the highest number, feed the dough through it while slowing turning the handle catching the pasta as it comes out at the other end.
- Continue this process, gradually turning the number down after every roll through the pasta machine until the dough is thin enough to start to see your hands or work-surface through it, but not too thin or it will break.
- Once you are at this stage with the dough rolled out, you can take what ever direction you would like and form it into the shapes you desire.
- After you’ve formed it into the shape of your choice, the pasta will take 2 to 3 minutes to cook in boiling water. The homemade pasta is then finished, and you can add any sauce into it from there before enjoying the taste of fresh pasta.