Make Your Own Homemade Pasta by Hand
How many times have you wanted to make pasta at home but got scared off?
You can stop hiding now because from today forward you’ll know exactly how to make your own homemade pasta by hand.
To use this pasta making technique you won’t need any fancy rollers or pasta making machines at all, you’ll just need a few key ingredients, a little bit of time and your trusty hands.
Best of all it’ll only take you 10 minutes using this method and you’ll be dropping those noodles into the water before you know it.
Another great perk of making your own homemade pasta is that you can change the recipe, like for example you can use wheat flour as opposed to white and make it healthier from the start.
Make Your Own Homemade Pasta the Old School Way
- 2 Cups White or Wheat Flour or Both
- 1 Egg
- Olive Oil (Optional)
Pasta Making Time
The first thing you’ll want to do is take your two cups of flour and dump them into a mound on the work space in front of you. Make them into a nice little volcano like mound and then use your fingers to open up a hole in the top of it.
Now go ahead and crack your egg into a mixing bowl or cup along with a drizzle of olive oil if you’d like. Mix those two together till they are combined.
This is the part where you’re going to dump about half of your egg and olive oil mix into the hole you created in your flour mound. Next take your fork and begin to mix around your egg mixture while it’s in the flour. Keep mixing until you get a fairly gooey ball of dough.
Now grab up of your dough ball and push the remaining flour to the side. Are you ready for the fun part?
Take take gooey dough and place it back on your work surface and push it down with the palm of your hand a little bit. You’ll notice that it is awfully wet so sprinkle a little flour over it and push it down once again.
What you’ll want to do now is push it down a bit so it spread out some and then begin folding the sides in on itself, turning the dough as you do it. So you’ll push down, fold the two sides in, push down again and continue turning and repeating the process until it firms up to that familiar dough consistency.
Along the way you may find you’ll need to add more flour as you work the dough so go right ahead and add some in the midst of your folding fun.
Get Ready to Cook the Pasta
Sit the dough aside while you get your water boiling, which will take just enough time for you to finish your homemade pasta.
Grab up your rolling pin and with your hands on the pin itself, roll out your dough until you reach the point that you can actually see your hand through the pasta. Don’t roll it out like a pizza dough but rather in more of a long rectangular shape simply by working the pin back and forth.
Once you’ve done this, fold the dough in half on itself and use a sharp knife to cute the noodles to the width that you desire.
At this stage your water should be just about boiling and ready for you to drop that homemade pasta into the water. So there you have it! You just made your own homemade pasta by hand.
Add an extra egg yolk for more “pasta” coloring.
You can keep fresh pasta in your refrigerator for about 3 days.
If you dry out your homemade pasta it’ll last for up to 3 months!