The thought of making fresh pasta once intimidated me. I'd think, "are you crazy?! You can't make that!" Spoiler alert: it's like the easiest thing to make.
You need four things to make fresh pasta: flour, eggs, salt and olive oil. That's it.
I first learned to make fresh pasta in Italy. While studying abroad in Florence, I took weekly cooking classes. I wanted to soak up all that Italy had to offer, including the incredible food.
One of the first things we learned to make was pasta. Scared at first, I quickly realized how simple it was. I've been making fresh pasta ever since.
I've tweaked this recipe over the years, but not by much. Feel free to use whatever type of flour you'd like, but I have found that a combination of All-Purpose, Semolina and Tipo "00" make for great noodles.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2-5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 1lb of pasta
2.5 Cups Flour (1 Cup All-Purpose, 1 Cup Semolina, 1/2 Cup Tipo "00")
4 Eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
In the bowl of stand mixer, add all the flour. I like to whisk my flours together before adding anything else.
To the flour, add the eggs, olive oil and salt.
Using the paddle attachment, start to mix the dough.
Once the dough starts to take shape, switch to the dough attachment and start to knead. Knead for 8-10 minutes on low-medium speed.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form into a ball/disk.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap (tightly!) and let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Whether using a pasta maker, pasta attachment on your stand mixer, or a rolling pin, cut the dough ball/disk into 4-6 equal parts. Roll out each as thin as you can - you want to be able to slightly see your hand through the dough. About an 1/8". If using a pasta rolling machine, or attachment for your stand mixer, start rolling the dough on the "8" setting (the largest) and slowly work your way down to "2". I was taught to go in the following sequence: 8-6-4-2. Make sure to pass the dough through each setting twice.
Boil water in a large pot. As it begins to boil, salt the water. Cook the pasta for 2-3 minutes and drain. Mix with your favorite sauce and eat immediately!