Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Basic Pasta Dough
There are a variety of "basic pasta dough" recipes available. Christine over at Chronicles of a Fledgling Home Cook asked if I would share the recipe I use. I've tried several and have decided I like the following combination of ingredients. I also find it easiest to make the dough in a food processor. Basic Pasta Dough 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading 5 large eggs Directions Place flour in food processor and pulse several times. (I use the regular blade not the dough blade) Add eggs 1 at a time while machine is running. Once the dough has started to form around the blade remove from the machine and continue to knead by hand. Adding flour as needed. Knead for several minutes until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Work with one piece at a time and keep the others wrapped. Run the dough through the largest setting of the pasta machine. Fold both ends into the center and run through the same setting. Continue to do this 5 times on the largest setting. Once that is done you continue to work the dough through each setting until you've reached your desired thickness. I usually go to 6-7 depending on what type of pasta I'm making. Once the pasta has reached the desired thickness you can cut it into the shape you want. Place the cut pasta on a floured baking sheet and cover with damp tea towels until ready to cook. (I find this keeps them very moist) Continue with the other 3 pieces following the same steps. Christine, I'm looking forward to reading some homemade pasta blogs from you soon!