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Making Fresh Pasta by cdbakunas
April 24, 2012, 4:29 am
Filed under: Deliciousness, Word on the Street | Tags: ,


Fresh pasta, damn doesn’t it taste good. It is one of the luminous, brilliant examples of keeping things simple and you will succeed. Pasta making is simple, and if you’ve not tried it I’m going to tell you that you only need three things: flour, fresh eggs and a four year old child. Yes, that last ingredient is a little unique and if you don’t have a four year old a five year old will do in a pinch. You can always borrow your neighbor’s child.

Breads, pasta, pastries…they are such comforting foods. They smell wonderful, taste divine and give you a filling satisfaction that is hard to find in other foods.  It’s no wonder that they’re popular.

Here’s the recipe that we work with at home.

2 2/3 cups flour (organic)
3 large farm fresh eggs

That’s it. So my son and I dump the flour onto the kitchen counter top and hollow out a small depression in the flour. Then we crack the 3 eggs into the depression and slowly begin making widening circles with a fork to mix the egg and flour together. This take about 4 minutes.

After we’ve mixed the eggs well into the flour and we have an elastic like texture we knead the ball for 5 minutes. This is where the four year old really comes in handy. You can clean the kitchen while they poundd away, grab a glass of wine and be proud that you are helping them develop dexterity as well as incredible forearm strength.

Wrap this kneaded ball in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.

If you don’t have a pasta adapter for your Kitchen Aide, don’t worry. Roll out the pasta dough with a wooden rolling pin, nice and thin and then cut, with a sharp pairing knife, ribbons of pasta, right on your countertop.

Bring a large pot of water to boil that has been seasoned with plenty of sea salt and drop in your fresh pasta. It will only take a few minutes to finish.

Voila, you and your four year old have just made one of the most delicious meals in the modern era. And it’s so much better than dry, store bought pasta.


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