Italian by origin, pasta is liked and relished all over the world by people of all age groups. You can experiment your choice of sauces on it or get your little one stuffed with some veggies or have your tummy filled in minutes when you’re not in the mood to actually cook. Well have you ever come across the situation where you crave to have pasta but are too lazy to pick some pasta from the market? Nothing to worry about, you can just prepare it at home using a pasta maker and a pasta drying stand. All you need is all purpose flour, eggs, olive oil and some salt. Here’s how!
Kneading The Dough
Well the art of yummy pasta lies in kneading the dough. This recipe stands for 3 eggs. Combine 2 and a half cups of all purpose flour, 3 eggs, a teaspoon of olive oil to moisten the dough and salt as per your taste. You can choose to blend all ingredients in a food processor for 10 minutes or just knead on a flat surface. Remember, if you’re kneading by hand, first create a well in your flour, mix the eggs, olive oil and salt here whisk them till mixed completely. Slowly add the flour from the sides with your hand and once all ingredients have mixed well. Remember, the dough gets powdery texture first and then needs to be kneaded for 15 minutes to get a smooth and elastic. Rest the dough for 30 minutes in a plastic wrap and then it can be immediately processed or refrigerated for a day.
Feeding The Disc Into The Past Machine
Once the dough is ready, remove it from the plastic wrap and divide equally such that you can knead it to an oval shape. Make sure you use one portion at a time while keeping the remaining covered to retain moisture in the dough. Sprinkle your chopping board with some generous amount of flour and slowly use your hands; shape the dough into an oval-shaped flat disc. Feed this disc into the pasta machine on maximum width setting. Collect the sheet as it comes out and repeat this about three times, each time folding the sheet into thirds like folding a paper. Then gradually reduce the width setting while feeding the dough until you achieve desired thickness.
Creating Past Of Your Desired Shape
Once ready, sprinkle some flour on the dough and feed to the pasta maker but this time with the cutter attached to the machine. You can create pasta of your desired shape. Swirl the pasta in some flour and transfer to a drying rack for 30 minutes. Continue with the remaining dough. After the drying process is done, the pasta can be used immediately or stored in airtight containers. You can also freeze them in the refrigerator until use. If you do so make sure you thaw the frozen pasta for at least 6 hours before use. Your homemade pasta is ready and great to go for some amazing recipes. Wish you all luck to great homemade pasta!