Fresh Pasta DIY, Master the secrets of making fresh pasta at home, with this simple yet sophisticated formula for fresh pasta recipe. Warning: this is a great pasta once you had it, you can’t really go back!
Making fresh pasta at home is an easy and fun thing, but there are a few things you got to get right, first being your pasta dough, at this point when you have your dough ready to be made into pasta you basicly have two options:
- You can flat it with a rolling pin and cut it, something which will take much effort and will be very challenging to get a consistence level of thickness.
- You can roll out your pasta maker, set it up to the desire thickness and cut it to your favorite shape (Note: if you don’t have a pasta maker already, read this post first and get one)
The process is very easy, simply take a little piece of the dough, roll it with some flower, and set it up on the entrance of the pasta maker, first run it through the thickest size (if you are using the marcato pasta maker this should be 1), then change the thickness level to 3 and run it again, repeat the same process with increments of 2-3 levels till you get to your desire thickness.
Warning: you may have to cut your flat dough in half at some point, since it will become too long to hold by hand. specially if you are planing on making an angle hair pasta this is a common thing, I recommend using a pastry cutter to simply cut it in half (and trim the edges if you feel like it).
Once you got your dough to the right thickness level, you have to options again:
- You can use a pastry wheel or a pasta bike to cut your dough into your favorite shape.
- You can use your pasta maker cutter or mixer attachment to cut your dough into perfectly cut sizes.
There is no right or wrong here, while many people believe that hand cut pasta is superior in flavor, I am here to testify that this is a myth, its the quality of the dough and the thickness that makes the main difference in my opinion. I enjoy the consistency of pasta the been cut with a pasta maker, but at the same time know to appreciate the beauty and edge of pasta that been cut with a pastry wheel and has a nice edge to it.
This is pretty much it, let your pasta dry for a bit on your pasta drying rack (this is important so it wont stick and become a dough again) and its ready to be cooked.
Cooking fresh pasta is also very easy, as usual you want to have a large pasta pot with a lot of water and a lot of salt in it. Note that fresh pasta need to be cooked for around 3 min or so uncovered.
Another thing that you should know about fresh pasta and specially this dough recipe it is very flavorful to begin with, which means that you don’t need to add a lot to it in order to build flavor, simple butter truffle oil and garlic sauce will work great with it and will enable the pasta to show its true character.