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Earlier this summer, I finally FINALLY took a stab at making homemade pasta.
And let me tell you, it was so much fun. I love doing new things like that in the kitchen, and since my first attempt I’ve made pasta a few more times. I’m actually hoping to have a “make it yourself” pasta night with some girlfriends in the near future because the whole process was so much fun.
The recipe for pasta is very basic. I used Semolina flour because I read in a few different recipes that it will help the pasta have a bit of stretch and not be as dry, and I had great success with it!
So, I’ll share the recipe first and then walk you through each step of the process.
Simple Fresh Pasta with Semolina Recipe (serves 3-4)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semolina flour
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
- Sift together both flours and salt.
- Pour onto counter and create a well in center of pile.
- Crack 3 eggs into the well, and add olive oil next.
- With a fork, break up eggs and slowly move the fork in a circular motion to incorporate flour into the center, slowly working your way out.
- Once most the of the ingredients have been combined, knead together for 3-5 minutes. The longer you knead, the smoother the end result will be.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Using a pasta machine, create long flat panels of the dough, then either cut into strips by hand, or use a pasta roller to cut into pasta!
- Add to boiling water that has been heavily salted and boil until al dente, the timing will depend on the pasta thickness. It will be anywhere from 2-10 minutes.
Do make sure your well is large enough so the eggs don’t spill out!
I simply tear off smaller amounts of dough to work through the machine to great long, flat sheets. The goal is for them to have even and smooth sides!
There are, of course, so many different recipes that include pasta to experiment with. I love plain pasta with a bit of butter, salt, and fresh grated parmesan, and if you haven’t tried that yet you are missing out my friend.
Have you tried making homemade pasta? If you try it, you must let me know how it turns out! And if you are serving a larger crowd, simply double the recipe.