An Easy, Fresh Pasta Recipe
A former tour leader, photographer, bike mechanic, and web guru extraordinaire came up with a quick pasta recipe.
- use about 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of water per person eating
- 3 1/2 – 4 cups of flour
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of water – although add water as you go along so it doesn’t get too sticky!
- a pinch of salt
Slowly mix all ingredients in a large bowl or Cusinart-type pasta machine. When the dough is thoroughly mixed (sticky, but not REALLY sticky), put some flour on a large flat surface and place the dough on the flour. Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable. Sometimes this can take 5 minutes, sometimes 15. In a drier climate it may take longer – or if you are using a Cuisinart you might not have to knead much at all! Flatten using a rolling pin (adding a little flour on top of the dough to keep it from sticking) until it’s very thin – 1/4 to 1/8 inch wide. Let dry for a bit.
You should have a large flat circular-shaped piece of dough. Cut in half, and roll each half gently as if they were fine cigars. Using a sharp knife, slice the rolled-up dough into 1/8 to 1 inch wide pieces (depending on how thick you want your pasta). You will have spiral shaped, circular pieces of dough – gently unroll these and you have linguini, or wider noodle pasta.
Cook in boiling water just like dry pasta, although cooking time is less with fresh pasta. Buon appetito!