How to Make Delicious Homemade Pasta with 4 Simple Ingredients
Today, you will learn how to make homemade pasta. If this has seemed out of your skillset before, you might be surprised to learn that it only includes four ingredients. Let’s get started on this fun, delicious adventure. To make homemade pasta, you only need four ingredients:
- 2 cups flour: Recipes may list different types of flour including 00 flour or semolina flour. However, all-purpose flour is fine to use. Try different flours to see which texture and taste you prefer.
- 3 large eggs: Eggs are the key ingredient that binds everything together and gives the finished pasta a rich taste.
- ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil: A small amount of olive oil helps prevent the dough from drying out and adds some flavor.
- ½ teaspoon salt: Salt brings out the flavors in your ingredients.
You will also need something to roll out your dough. You can use a pasta maker attachment for a stand mixer, a standalone pasta maker, or a simple rolling pin. Now, you are on your way to becoming an authentic Italian cook.
6 Steps to Preparing Delicious Homemade Pasta
With your supplies gathered, you are ready to begin. Allow at least an hour, including rest time, to finish your pasta.
Step #1: Add Ingredients to A Clean Work Surface
The traditional method for making pasta is making it directly on your countertop. Put your flour on your surface and make a well in the center (like a volcano). Add the eggs and other ingredients to this well and mix with a fork. Avoid breaking down the flour walls.
Step 2: Knead the Dough with Your Hands
Like bread dough, use your hands to work the ingredients together. As you knead, the dough should begin to get smooth and stretchy. This may take 8-10 minutes. If the dough feels too dry, add small sprinkles of water. If it is too sticky, dust the dough with flour.
Step #3: Let the Dough Rest
Once it has all come together, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let it rest on your counter for 30 minutes.
Step #4: Begin Shaping the Dough
Cut the dough into four pieces and use a rolling pin to squish them into flat ovals. If you are using a pasta maker, start running the dough discs through on the widest setting. If you are using a rolling pin, continue rolling until the dough is as thin as you can get it without ripping.
Step #5: Continue Rolling Out the Dough
If you are using a pasta maker, fold the dough after each pass-through and increase the level each time to make it thinner. Repeat this with each piece of dough.
Step #6: Cut and Cook Your Pasta
Once your dough is thin enough, it is time to cut it into your desired shape. A pasta maker will have a cutter attachment. Otherwise, you can use a small knife. Let the pasta dry out a little and then cook it in boiling water for just 1 minute.
Enjoy Handmade Pasta at Spizzico Italian Kitchen
You did it! You have made homemade pasta. Top it off with your favorite homemade sauce.
At Spizzico Italian Kitchen, we love homemade pasta. That is why we make our own pasta for our pasta dishes. If you want to enjoy the taste of handmade pasta without having to make it yourself, pay us a visit. Our menu also includes salads, pizza, and other Italian specialties. Plan your next family dinner at Spizzico Italian Restaurant. You can eat inside or take your order to-go.