Homemade pasta always seemed so intimidating and difficult to make. I lived in Italy for a semester during college, where I learned how easy it actually was. You only need a few ingredients and it is tastes so much better than anything you buy in a box at the grocery store. Also, it is just a fun activity for you to do with your family or with your partner for a little at-home date night.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Pour 2 cups of flour onto your countertop (or a a large cutting board) and form it into a large mound. Use your fingers to create a well in the middle of the flour. Pour the eggs into the hole and sprinkle with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
Using a fork or your fingers, whisk the eggs together and then slowly start to incorporate the surrounding flour into the egg mixture. This takes a little time but don’t feel like you need to rush it. Eventually, it will start to form a dough. Once this happens, use your hands to fold the dough until all of the ingredients are fully combined. (If the dough feels too dry, then you can add a little ice water, a teaspoon at a time). Then knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball (about 5 – 10 minutes). Sprinkle with extra flour to avoid sticking to your countertop.
Cut the ball into four equal parts. Then use your hands to shape each piece into an oval disk. Next, feed the disk through your pasta maker on the thickest setting. Continue this while slowly decreasing the setting until the pasta sheet reaches your desired thickness. Once your pasta sheet is nice and thin, use your pasta cutter attachment to cut the pasta. I like to use the fettuccine attachment. Once the pasta is cut, swirl the pasta into a little nest and continue with the rest of your dough.
To cook, drop into boiling salted water and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until al dente. Serve with your fav pasta sauce. Some of my go-tos are Vodka Sauce, Nonna’s Red Sauce or Pancetta Pea and Parmesan Sauce.