I have been wanting to try to make homemade pasta for a long time now, but you know how life is, something always comes up - we're getting married, work's too busy, we're moving, we're having a baby, we're moving again, and another baby, and let's throw one more move in there just for fun! :)
Somewhere along the way I finally acquired a classic Kitchen Aid stand mixer and last Mother's Day
I received the pasta attachment and voila! There were no more excuses.
So folks, it was on my to do list (for many years), and I finally did, and I now do make homemade pasta all the time! It's so easy, and so flavorful, and it's loads of fun for all! But just a heads up, once you go fresh, you'll never go back... So, here it is, super easy fresh pasta the old fashioned way:
2 cups of flour
pinch of salt
Pour the flour into a bowl. Sprinkle in the salt, as desired. Crack in the eggs.
Using your hand, combine together all ingredients. *
Work with the dough, kneading for a good 5-10 minutes to help ensure it is smooth. The more you work with it now, the easier it will be to roll out.
Let rest for 5-30 minutes. Again, the longer it rests, the easier it'll be to work with, but if you are in a time crunch, it will still be ok...
Once dough is ready, roll it out using a rolling pin, or a handy dandy pasta rolling machine! **
Cut the dough into the desired shape, boil hot water and cook for no more than 5 minutes.
* If it's too sticky, add more flour. If it's too dry, add just a touch of water.
** When using a machine to roll out your dough, you will break the dough into smaller balls and stretch the balls out slightly so it fits into the machine. If the dough is tough or sticky, just remember that flour is your friend!