Nothing is better than making your own pasta at home to beat the restaurant prices. If you like to watch cooking videos and you see all those Italian chefs making pasta using fancy techniques and different ingredients, you should know that you really don’t need any fancy equipment or long hours of work just to make your own delicious homemade pasta.
Although pasta restaurants are delicious (especially pasta restaurants in Italy), making pasta at home is fun! Here are some steps to make your own pasta at home:
Make Your Dough
Making egg pasta is super simple and all you really need is some flour, salt, olive oil, and eggs. Begin making your dough by whisking together around 2 cups of flour and half a teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Once your mixture has a clay-like texture, make a hole in the center and add three eggs and one tablespoon of virgin olive oil. Whisk the eggs and the oil using a fork while slowly mixing some of the flour from around the edges. Once your dough is thick, turn it out onto a clean surface along with any flour that is leftover from the bowl. After putting your dough in a clean surface, knead the remaining flour until you have that perfect smooth and stiff ball of dough. Now you’re ready to begin cooking pasta like a chef.
Let it Rest
Now that you have a good ball of dough, you might be tempted to start making your own different types of pasta. However, you need to let your dough rest first to ensure that you get the best texture out of your pasta. Wrap your dough loosely using plastic and let it rest at room temperature for half an hour. You also have the option to store the wrapped dough in your refrigerator for up to a day if you want.
Once you have allowed your dough to rest for 30 minutes, it is now time for you to make your own pasta. Divide your dough ball into four smaller portions and work with one at a time, leaving the remaining dough covered with plastic to avoid them from drying out.
Roll the Dough
Dust your dough liberally with flour and flatten them into a rectangular shapes using your hands. Once they have flattened out, begin to roll your dough into a long, thin sheet and putting more flour dusts as you go. Roll your pasta as thin as possible because they will still become plump when you cook them.
Shape the Noodles
Before you start cutting away at the flattened dough, make sure to add more flour dusts before you fold it into a wide and flat roll. Fold your pasta into a flat roll to avoid this from being squashed once you are cutting it. Using a sharp knife, cut your pasta into strips and form pasta noodles out of them. Depending on your preference, you can cut them in different lengths and shapes.
Now that you have your own pasta noodles, all you have to do now is to cook them and use your very own pasta sauce and ingredients. Congratulations! You are now a pasta chef!