Jim has been making us fresh pasta since we first met. And honestly it something I love that he makes. Yes, I can make it, but I just really enjoy when he does.
The process is really simple, it only gets difficult kneading by hand for ten minutes! He always starts the dough on the counter in the traditional way, but you can do this in a mixer. But I really suggest just doing the whole thing on the counter as much as possible.
Not only are you capable, but it saves on having to clean your mixer. We will use this dough for making stuffed ravioli, spaghetti noodles, fettuccini noodles, and even lasagna noodles.
It can be turned into any shape and stuffed with unlimited types of fillings. Our favorite way to enjoy this pasta is shaped like fettuccini and served in a simple sauce made with butter and parmesan cheese. Lately we started using an attachment for our KitchenAid mixer to cut the dough into flat sheets, fettuccini noodles, and spaghetti noodles. It makes it much quicker than the hand crank one that attaches to the counter.
We will roll out noodles and hang them to dry on a pasta rack for using in later meals. You can either dry them or freeze the noodles layered between parchment paper. The great part about this dough is you can make it ahead of time and keep in the fridge until ready to roll out, or place in the freezer weeks ahead. So next time you are deciding what to make, try out a fresh pasta. I promise you will taste the difference and love how good it tastes! Enjoy!
- 255 grams roughly 2 cups OO flour
- 2 lg. eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Place the flour onto a flat work surface in a pile and create a well in the center to hold liquids. Carefully crack the eggs and place them and the salt into the center of the flour. Using a fork carefully start pulling a little flour into the eggs and mixing them. As you mix continue pulling a little flour in until all the flour and egg are mixed. Knead the dough into a ball and continue kneading for ten minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest on the counter for at least thirty minutes.
- Once the dough has rested you can shape using a pasta press or hand shaping as you choose. Dry the pasta on drying wracks or cook in salted water and serve with your favorite sauce.