Title: How to Make Pasta
Author: The Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine
Full Text & Source: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/how-to-make-pasta2.htm
The Internet, Online, 16/2/2015
How to Make Homemade Pasta by Hand
- Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt on pastry board, culling board, or countertop; make well in center. Whisk 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, and1 teaspoon olive oil in small bowl until well blended; gradually pour into well in flour mixture while mixing with fork or fingertips to form ball of dough.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface; flatten slightly. To knead dough, fold dough in half toward you and press dough away from you with heels of hands. Give dough a quarter turn and continue folding, pushing, and turning. Continue kneading 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour to prevent sticking if necessary. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.
- Unwrap dough and knead briefly (as described in step 2) on lightly floured surface. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8
- -inch-thick circle on lightly floured surface. Gently pick up dough circle with both hands. Hold it up to the light to check for places where dough is too thick. Return to board; even out any thick spots. Let rest until dough is slightly dry but can be handled without breaking.
- Lightly flour dough circle; roll loosely on rolling pin.
- Slide rolling pin out; press dough roll gently with hand and cut into strips of desired width with sharp knife. Carefully unfold strips.
- Pasta can be dried and stored at this point. Hang strips over pasta rack or clean broom handle covered with plastic wrap and propped between two chairs. Dry at least 3 hours; store in airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days. To serve, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water 3 to 4 minutes just until al dente. Drain well.
- You can also make homemade pasta with the help of a machine.
I buy a good quality packet of dried pasta or in the fridge section of the supermarkets they sell freshly made pasta and pasta sauces. These cook very quickly and are expensive and only last a day or two in the fridge but the taste is like a meal from Italy, amazing!!!!