Fresh pasta in the quick

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What else do you do when you’ve got a hankering for a pasta salad and not a single noodle in the house? Well, make your own, of course.

I’ve been interested in making pasta noodles for a while now but thought I needed some fancy flour, a special rolling pin, and a pasta machine. While that still might be true for some recipes, and a nice rolling pin would be an added bonus, I did come across a super simple recipe for a basic noodle that you can make by hand with ingredients you’ve probably got in the house.   This recipe yields a baseball-size amount of dough so feel free to double or triple.

Time commitment: 1 hour      Active time:  5 -15 minutes depending on how you cut the noodles

Basic recipe:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons water (+/- this amount based on consistency of dough, you don’t want it too dry, but definitely not wet)

Directions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Add egg into the center of dry ingredients
  3. Mix well. Add in water one tablespoon at a time
  4. Dough should be very stiff
  5. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes
  6. Let dough rest for 30 minutes (allows the gluten to relax)
  7. Roll out dough to desired consistency
  8. Cut into shape (a pizza cutter works well)
  9. Pasta can either be dried out and stored or cooked immediately. If cooking immediately, let it dry on the counter for a few minutes while the water comes to a full boil. Pasta will be cooked in approx. 15 minutes.

Adjust the salt quantity and add in some olive oil or other yummies based on your preferences. This basic pasta will adjust beautifully.

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