How to Make Homemade Fresh Pasta
Making your own pasta noodles isn't as hard as it sounds. Read on to find out how to turn pasta night into a totally made-from-scratch affair.
Homemade Pasta Doesn't Have to Be Hard
Sure, making your own fettucine sounds like a chore, but serving homemade pasta noodles in a fresh sauce also sounds like a dream. Turns out, it's not as hard as you think. Following these steps, you can get fresh noodles to go with your favorite sauce in no time at all.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Pasta
Step 1: Mix the Dough
Beat together the 3 large eggs, 1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp olive oil with a fork in a large spouted measuring cup. Combine the 2 cups flour and a large pinch of kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly to combine. With the food processor motor running, gradually pour the egg mixture through the feed tube and let it run until the dough forms a ball around the blade. (If the dough is too sticky to form a ball, add a tablespoon or so of flour and process again. If it is too crumbly to form a ball, add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and process again.) Once the dough forms a ball, process until smooth and springy, 20 to 30 seconds.
Step 2: Knead the Dough
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead several times, until the dough comes together in a smooth ball (pictured). Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. (The dough can be made 1 day ahead, wrapped and refrigerated. Let it come to room temperature before rolling.)
Step 3: Prep the Pasta Sheets
Anchor a pasta machine to your countertop or secure the pasta attachment to a stand mixer. Set the machine to the widest setting. Unwrap the dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Wrap 3 of the pieces while you work with the fourth. Flatten the dough into a rectangle and lightly dust with flour. Roll it through the pasta machine at the widest setting. Fold the dough in thirds like a letter and feed it through the pasta machine. Repeat the folding and feeding of the dough through the machine 2 more times. (Rolling and folding in this manner will help strengthen and smooth the dough.)
Step 4: Feed Pasta Sheets Through Machine
Set the pasta machine to the next setting (one setting thinner than the widest). Flour the dough as necessary and feed it through the machine. Repeat, feeding it through one more time.
Step 5: Roll Pasta Sheets Thin
Adjust the machine to the next thinnest setting and feed the dough through 2 times as above. Continue changing the setting and feeding the dough through 2 times for each setting until you have fed the dough through the second-to-last setting. The dough should be thin enough so that you can see your hand through it (pictured).
Step 6: Cut Pasta
If you are cutting your pasta into noodles: Stop rolling the dough through after you have gone through the second-to-last setting. Affix the cutting attachment to the pasta machine. Choose the desired setting and feed the dough through. Lightly toss the noodles with a little flour on a baking sheet to prevent sticking and cover with a dry kitchen towel while you process the rest of the dough. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes.