In Italy, eating fresh pasta is a true pleasure! People stop to enjoy the experience of a meal, from the cooking to the tasting.
Without sounding completely cliché, I love pasta!
Although pasta is considered a main dish to us in the US, in Italy you’ll see it as a Primo, or “first course”.
Any country where its socially acceptable to follow a plate of pasta with a main course dish is definitely in my top three!
Making pasta from scratch is not only easy, but fun too.
It’s a great activity to do with your entire family on Sundays, then sit down to enjoy it together.
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2 cups flour
Make a pile of flour on your clean countertop.
I suggest cleaning with vinegar since its natural and doesn’t involve chemicals.
Make a hole in the middle of the pile with your fingers and add your egg mixture.
Use your hands to knead the dough for about 3-5 minutes.
At this time, take the dough and cut in three pieces.
Make three balls and wrap them in saran wrap.
Let them sit for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove the three balls from the saran wrap.
Using a pasta machine, roll dough out to desired thinness by gradually increasing the level on the roller.
Use machine or knife to cut into strips of desired width.
Repeat this with all three balls of dough.
Lay out the cut pasta on floured trays.
Cook in boiling water (salt optional) for about 3-5 minutes.
Strain and toss in your favorite sauce.
Made too much? Storing fresh pasta is easy! Just take the cut pasta, toss it into a ziplock & freeze.
Then when you’re ready, remove from freezer & cook as usual!
Andiamo a mangiare!