I was sick of the taste of the processed pasta you buy at grocery stores. I would buy fresh Buitoni-type pastas and decided that I can make homemade pasta myself! It was much easier than I thought and tasted super fresh. Here’s what I did:
After reading through cooking websites, I found that type “00” flour was a good one to start with as it is very, very fine. You can use other flours; you just need to adjust the ingredients (eggs, water, oil, etc.) depending upon the type of flour/recipe you choose.
I used Mario Batali’s fresh pasta recipe: 3 ½ cups flour and 4 extra-large eggs. I added an additional 2 egg yolks (guess my eggs weren’t that extra-large after all).
To make the pasta, I used a Cooks Illustrated technique for creating the homemade noodles without a pasta machine. All you need is a rolling pin, knife and some elbow grease for kneading the dough.
My first attempt was good – the boyfriend ate the whole plate and then some! I will definitely roll the pasta out even thinner next time as the noodles were a little thick (they would have been perfect for chicken noodle soup). But all in all, it was definitely worth the effort and I’ll be making them again!