In the age of pasta machines and convenience, something gets lost in the translation. Making your own pasta is relatively easy, and you can find the same essential recipe all over the Internet – because sometimes you don’t need to improve a simple perfection. I’m not suggesting you make this on a school night, when there is a ton of chaos – but this is a lovely treat on the weekend or for a special occasion. This recipe makes about a pound of pasta.
Recipe level: easy
Time: hour total
You will need:
- 2 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
Whisk flour and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Add eggs and olive oil.
Stir with a fork. Once the dough becomes too thick, knead it on a clean work surface until you have a stiff ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit for at least half an hour.
Unwrap and cut the dough ball into fourths.
Wrap three portions of the ball back in plastic. Liberally sprinkle the portion with flour and roll until it is very thin. You should be able to see your hand.
Fold over and slice thin strips with a knife. Shake out strands and dust with a bit more flour.
Cook pasta in salted, boiling water for about three minutes. Remember fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried.