Pasta is a firm favourite and a popular choice for an evening meal, but one of the joys of pasta that is often kept a secret, is how easy it is to create this food staple at home with the family.
Enjoyable to create, by bringing the whole family together to help make dinner, you will be surprised at how much you and your children will savour and enjoy every moment of your homemade meal.
How to Make Homemade Pasta
No matter whether you are a spaghetti lover, a fan of the tagliatelle, here is our step by step guide to follow when making homemade pasta with the family this weekend.
Start by making the dough.
Only four simple ingredients are needed to make this delicious egg pasta: flour, salt, eggs and olive oil.
Whisk 2 cups of flour with 1/2 teaspoons of salt into a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and add three large eggs and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
Begin to whisk and knead the dough
With a fork whisk the eggs and oil, drawing in the flour from around the edges while you whisk.
When the dough becomes too thick to whisk with a fork, empty the dough onto a clean surface and with any leftover flour begin to knead the mixture until you are left with a smooth, stiff ball of dough.
Rest the dough
Wrap the ball of dough loosely in Clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes. If you are planning to continue making the pasta the following day, store the dough in the refrigerator.
Divide the dough in four
When you are ready to finish making the pasta take the ball of dough and divide it into four pieces. Work with only one portion at a time.
Roll the dough
Begin by dusting the dough with flour, and then with your hands flatten the dough into a rectangular shape.
Once you have flattened the mixture, begin to roll the dough into a long, thin sheet.
To know when you have rolled enough, you should be able to see the outline of your hand beneath the pasta when you hold it up to the light.
Slice the pasta
Dust the pasta with flour, then fold into a wide, flat roll. With a sharp knife begin to cut the pasta into strips.
Separate the pasta
Shake the pasta strands into a lose pile and dust with flour. With the completed pasta, you can either place it into boiling water to cook or freeze for another day.
If you are thinking of trying your hand at making this unbelievably easy pasta at home, then we have the ideal tool for you, the Dexam Fresh Pasta Maker.
For chefs wanting to be more adventurous with their homemade pasta, on our blog we have a delicious Ricotta and Pesto Ravioli for you to have a go at.