Thursday, December 29, 2011

Leave the box on the shelf

For anyone that has had truly homemade pasta, I am preaching to the choir.  For the rest of you - it's time to leave that box on the shelf and try this.

Don't let the concept scare you.  It's simply 4 extra large eggs and 3 cups of unbleached flour (make sure it's not self rising).  It's that simple.  Mix, reserving 1/2 cup of flour to add as needed.  Mix and kneed until feel is similar to a play dough.  Add additional flour 1/4 cup at a time to get there.  You may exceed the 3 cup total depending on the egg size. 

Let rest 20 minutes before working dough.  The rest is in pictures.  If you have a rolling pin, work slowly until 1/8th of an inch thin, cut to size, boil until floating - in salted water - about 3-4 minutes at rull rolling boil.  Water level will drop between boiling batches.  Fresh pasta is thirsty. 

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