Good dough is the first step in making any fresh pasta. after many experiments and research, I am happy to reveal the best pasta dough recipe I found. This is a simple formula but there are crucial parts in order to get make it successfully.
The ingredient for making fresh pasta dough are very basic, as pasta is a simple dish yet a very versatile one. all it takes to make fresh pasta is eggs, flour, salt and olive oil.
Warning: Not all eggs are created equal!
Eggs: If you made fresh pasta before you already know that not all eggs are created equal, and when it comes to pasta if your eggs are not as flavorful you’ll most likely need to come up with a different strategy. First you’ll need to identify the quality of your eggs. This is the pasta maker official take on eggs in one word: FRESH. what makes a good egg is its freshness and where it came from, make sure you are using organic or at least cage free eggs, if you can get eggs directly from a chicken you know and trust that is the best you can do, but like most of us you’ll have to compromise on using fresh (check the date) organic egg.
Half & Half
Flour: You can use regular all purpose flour, though to maximize the flavor I recommend using a mix of semolina and all purpose flour. The core formula is actually very simple, for what ever amount you are making use half semolina and half all purpose flour.
This is pretty much it to know about the ingredients, as for the equipment, you can use the old school technique of making a mountain of flour on a big table and slowly mixing the eggs in, but to be honest with you even the oldest grandmother had already switched to something more advance – using a food processor. While you will finish your dough with a good hand job with a rolling pin, using the food processor will save you around 15-20 min of hard work. any food processor with a dough hook will do the work, If you do not have a food processor I recommend looking into getting the kitchenaid one, I find it to be an amazing food processor which does great work making doughs not only for pasta but for breads and many other type of pastries.
So this is the core concept of how the fresh pasta recipe goes: for every 100g of flour you’ll have to use one fresh egg, but as we said before – since we don’t really know the chicken we got the egg form we’ll cover for the luck of flavor with one extra egg yolk for every 224g of flour. This will result with very rich and flavorful pasta dough.
Fresh Pasta (Dough) Recipe
- 150g All-Propose flour
- 3 Fresh Eggs
- 1 Egg Yolk
- dash Salt
- 2 teaspoons Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
- 150g Semolina flour
|Whisk the eggs, egg yolk and olive oil together.|
|In a food processor combine the semolina, all purpose flour and salt until mixed.|
|Slowly incorporate the eggs into the flour mix while letting the food processor run on a low speed.|
|Let the food processor run till the mixture evolve into a nice ball.|
|Take the dough out of the food processor and work it by hand or with a rolling pin on a board with extra flour for another 5-10 min, make sure to stretch the dough so it obtain air inside.|
|Collect the dough into a ball wrap with plastic wrap and let it sit in a glass/metal bowl in a dark place for 30 min (you can also cover the bowl with extra kitchen towel to keep it in the dark).|
|Using your pasta maker flat and cut the dough into your favorite pasta shape, cook and eat!|
Check out my fresh pasta DIY post to see how this amazing dough become fresh pasta.