Quick and easy fresh pasta

fresh pasta


I was g chatting with a friend of mine in DC today and she was talking about the produce she found at the farmers’ market!  I got a bit sad since we are pretty far behind here in Boston.  What did inspire me to think about posting a recipe is my recent miraculous discovery about making pasta.  I had always gone with a standard recipe and then a few weeks ago I wanted to make fresh pasta with Bolognese sauce.  I had two extra yolks in my fridge and decided to add them to the pasta.  The result was a silky and delicious pasta that was easier to work with than any pasta that I had made before.  Here is the recipe!  Please leave comments about your observations.  I’ll be sharing what to do with the remaining egg whites on a new post this weekend!

Really Awesome Accidental Fresh pasta

2 cups of flour ( I don’t use semolina but a medium gluten- flour like King Arthur)

3 large eggs plus two yolks

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of water

salt to taste

Mix the flour and salt.  On a clean lightly floured counter top make a mountain of the flour and salt.  Make a well either with your clean hands or with the back of a spoon.  A well should basically be a little cup for the remaining ingredients.  Combine the eggs, olive oil, and water in a cup whisk gently until combined and pour in the well.  Imagine that the mountain is crumbling take the sides into the well try to cover up any evidence of the wet ingredients.  Use your hands and you should begin to see a dough forming.  Add flour to the counter to prevent from sticking to the counter.  Knead for about 7 minutes.  Don’t skimp on this- kneading it for enough time impacts the texture. After all the kneading take a few sips of red wine and put a pot of salted water on the stove to boil.  Now cut the dough into four equal chunks.  If you have a pasta maker, run through at the thickest setting and continue to drop it down by two notches every time you run the pasta through.  The last pass should be at the tightest or second tightest section.  If you do not have a pasta maker take a rolling pin, wine bottle, anything smooth and round.  Roll out the dough until it is thin.  Now roll it out some more.  Basically, you want the dough to be see through or nearly see through.  Use your knife to cut it into pasta strands.  You have pasta!  Now just put the completed pasta in the boiling water and let boil for about 3-5 minutes (depending on the shape you chose).