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How to Make the Pasta: The Ingredients
Want to know how to make your own homemade pasta? Making fresh pasta from scratch is fast and easy. You can buy a variety of pasta at any market but making your own is very satisfying, tastes amazing, and will certainly impress your dinner guests! It's a very simple process and uses only three ingredients you probably already have on hand: flour, salt, and eggs. Let me show you how easy it is with my homemade pasta recipe with step-by-step photo instructions.
For this demonstration,... we'll make one pound of pasta, which will require two cups of unbleached flour, three large eggs, and a half-teaspoon of salt.
Place the flour in a mound on a clean countertop or cutting board and make a well in the center. Put the eggs and salt into the well.
Whisk the eggs together with a fork without disturbing the flour.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Mixing the Ingredients
Using a fork, gently incorporate the flour into the egg mixture a little at a time.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Mixing with a Bench Knife
Once you have incorporated all of the flour together with the egg using a fork, switch to a bench knife or use your fingertips to blend the mixture together well.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Form a Dough Ball
After the wet and dry ingredients have been combined using the dough knife, bring the mixture together with your hands to form a ball. If the dough seems too dry, add a little more egg mixture. If the mixture is too wet and sticks to your fingers, rub your hands with flour and form the dough into a ball.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Kneading the Dough
Knead the pasta dough as you would bread dough. Pushing down and away from you with the palm of your hand. Turn the dough ninety degrees, fold the dough over on itself and push down and away again. Continue this until the dough is smooth, about 7 minutes.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Form Into Balls
Using the bench knife, cut the dough into 3 equal sections. Form each section into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a towel or bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Rolling the Pasta
A pasta machine is great for rolling and cutting the dough. They are inexpensive and can be found at major kitchen stores or online. If you don't have a pasta machine, a rolling pin will work just fine.
Flatten one of the dough balls with the palm of your hand until it's about 1/2 an inch thick and no wider than the slot of the pasta machine. With the slot of the pasta machine on its widest setting (usually 1), turn the handle while feeding the dough into the slot. Gently hold the... flattened dough as it comes out of the pasta machine, but don't pull on it.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Rolling the Dough 2
After the dough has completely passed through the pasta machine, turn the slot down to the next smallest setting and pass the dough through the slot. Continue to do this, making the slot smaller by one each time. Don't try to skip a number, as this will only cause the machine to jam and you'll end up with a mess and no pasta.
As you continue rolling the pasta, your sheet of dough will get longer and longer. Try to gently hold the dough as it exits the pasta machine so it doesn't tear.... This is a great time to have an assistant help you.
Continue passing the dough through the machine until it's about a 1/16th of an inch thick.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Cutting the Dough Into Pasta
After rolling the dough out to the desired thickness, it's time to cut the dough into pasta. Most pasta machines come with an adapter that cuts the dough. If you are working on a table, you may wish to cut your dough in half to make it easier to handle.
Feed the dough into the cutting blades. Try to have your hand under the center of the cut dough, so you can pick it all up in one bunch.
Alternatively, if you don't have a pasta machine, you can fold the rolled dough into a square. Cut the... open end of the square a quarter inch at a time. Immediately, unroll the pasta and lay flat.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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How to Make the Pasta: Drying the Pasta
Immediately after cutting the dough, hang the pasta on a dowel or other object (a clothes drying rack works great). You can also lay the pasta flat on a towel, but it is more likely to stick together.
The pasta can be used right away or will keep up to a week.