Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 1 hour - Serves 4
If you have never made fresh pasta before, it’s something you need to try at least once.
It’s really easy to make, really satisfying and fun to do with the kids. But don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with dried pasta or fresh pasta from the shop I use it all the time, but making your own is always that little bit more special.
400 g of type 00 flour or bread flour.
4 large whole eggs or 8 egg yolks.
Place the ingredients into a food processor with a pinch of salt and give it a little whizz so everything mixes and looks like breadcrumbs. Tip out onto a floured work surface and knead to bring everything together.
Now that you have a ball of dough knead for 10 minutes. Then shape into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and pop into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
Take out of the fridge and dived the dough into 3. Take the first one and dust with flour. Now set the pasta machine to the widest setting and roll through the dough, repeat. Knockdown the machine by 1 setting so it’s slightly thinner and pass the dough again. Fold the dough in half and pass through the machine once again at the widest setting, do this step twice or even 3 times. Now work your way down the settings, thinner and thinner till you have a pasta sheet as thick as a beer mat. Make sure you keep flouring the pasta sheets as you work through the settings.
Now that you have the pasta sheets, give them a dusting with flour and fold them up. Take a knife and slice the pasta into pappardelle strips, unfold and slice again to however long you want them. Separate all the strips and give them a mix in flour to stop them sticking.
The pasta is now ready to cook or you can hang them on a clothes maiden till you are ready to cook.
To cook the pasta pop into saucepan of salted boiling water for a 3 minutes or till cooked to your liking. Drain and mix with your favourite pasta sauce.