Making Pasta from Scratch

Posted on 25 March 2009 by TheChefsWife

Making pasta from scratch is a much simpler than most people think. And it is truly delicious. Making pasta is also a great afternoon project for the kids. They love turning the crank on the roller and watching the sheets of pasta come through. And when they get to eat what they made, they are thrilled that they got to “make dinner.”

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Pasta Dough

2 cups finely ground bread flour or semolina flour
3 large organic eggs

Add eggs and flour to the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook. Mix on medium for 6 minutes or until the dough is firm. The dough should not be sticky. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour before rolling it out.
When you make pasta, you are looking for a smooth, silky dough. You have to work the dough enough to strengthen the structure of the gluten in the dough. When the gluten is strengthened, the dough becomes elastic; this is how the dough holds together when you roll it and shape it.


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