I received my pasta maker as a gift over the holidays and I was super excited to begin making homemade lasagna like my idol Aunt Raffy*.
Call me Nonna Niffy
But then other emotions began to overtake me and I went through the classic five stages of pasta maker ownership; glee, hunger, feeling overwhelmed, frustration and ordering a pizza. Making your own pasta is hard!
There are so many variations on recipes and the process from ingredients to chewy pasta is arduous. I read different cookbooks, watched YouTube videos, scoured the food blogs and ultimately came up with a recipe that worked for me.
Recipe adapted from Mario Batali
- 1 3/4 cup semolina flour
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 5 large eggs
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (more or less depending on dough consistency)
Combine the semolina and all purpose flours
Create a well in the middle of the flour and add two eggs at a time to the well.
With a fork, slowly scrape the sides of the well and incorporate the flour into the eggs. Each pass of the fork will make the well a little wider and once the flour and eggs are mostly combine, add more eggs and repeat
- Once all the eggs are incorporated, your mixture will look like this. Time to nead and get messy! You should nead the dough for about 8 minutes. If it is too dry and not coming together, add some olive oil, if it is too wet and stick, sprinkle in a little more flour.
Your dough should look like this after kneading. Cover with saran wrap for 20 minutes and let it rest. Don't skimp on this step your dough needs a break and so do you!
Divide your dough into 6 so that they can go through the pasta machine. My dough was a little dry so I added a little more olive oil.
Set your machine to the widest setting and roll out the dough. I like to fold the dough and feed it through several times to really build the gluten in the pasta.
After several pass throughs on the widest setting, your dough is now turning into sheets of pasta. My roomate always things these are ready to eat, but we are just getting started!
Keep raising the number on your pasta machine, I usually run the dough through each setting several times. If the sheet rips, just fold it back up and run through again.
Once you have rolled out your pasta to desired thickness, cut into equal length sheets. Store the pasta in the fridge by lightly dust each sheet with flour so they don't stick and wrapping in saran wrap. Or, you can immediately turn these sheets into spaghetti, linguine, lasagna or ravioli, anything you want!
As you can see this process takes time, patience and above all a love of fresh pasta. Stay tuned for a recipe for summertime ravioli with roasted mushrooms and tomatoes.
*One note about the recipe I made for Giada’s Spinach Rollatini – that recipe was for baking and was not right for a lighter everyday pasta. This recipe is much better for a variety of pastas.