Basic Pasta Dough Recipe

20 Jan

PastaI never thought there would be much difference in good quality store bought pasta and homemade one. Couldn’t really see the fuss. I have sooo changed my mind since I first attempted making my own pasta! It’s unbelievably different.

There are some instances when I wouldn’t bother bringing out my pasta maker – like for making lasagne. Fresh lasagne noodles from any supermarket is just fine. And then there are times where you can’t even compare the store bought variety – such as ravioli or any other filled pasta. I was also surprised how easy it is to make your own pasta!

Anyway, here’s the real basic pasta recipe that I always use and it always works.

Ingredients (enough long pasta for 6 people as a starter, 4 as a main):

  • 300g ’00’ flour
  • 3 medium eggs

Pour the flour onto a flat surface or into a bowl and make a well in the centre of the mound. Crack the eggs into the centre of the well. Using a table knife, gradually mix the egg and the flour. When the dough is thick paste, use fingertips to incorporate the rest. And now, knead. This is the only bit that is a bit hard work. You need to work the dough for 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. No grainy elements should remain.

Rest the dough in the fridge (wrap in cling film) for 20 minutes or more.

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