Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins
From Molto Mario episode MB5725, "Toscana III."
- 3 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
- 4 extra large eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon olive oil
- Pile the larger amount of flour in the center of a large wooden cutting board or countertop. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, oil, and any flavoring agents you desire (herbs, spices, tomato paste, etc).
- Using a fork, beat the eggs and oil together, slowly incorporating flour from the walls of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the outside of the mound up to maintain the well shape.
- Once about half the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. From this point, start working the mass with your hands, using mostly the palms.
- Once the flour is fully incorporated and the mass is cohesive, remove the dough from the board and scrape the board clean. Dust the board lightly with flour and knead for 6 minutes, dusting when necessary. The dough should be elastic, and a little sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow to rest for 30 min at room temperature.
- Roll out dough using a rolling pin or pasta machine. Cut into desired shapes and cook as required by the shape. Strand pastas like fettuccini, spaghetti and linguini only need to cook 2-4 minutes. For cannelloni, lasagne or ravioli, cook as per the recipe.
This is a very easy and versatile recipe. I had never made fresh pasta before but even as a noob, I got a lovely pasta dough. I did have trouble rolling it out thin enough without one of those lovely pasta makers, so I might not attempt it again until I procure said gadget... Still, it is hard to beat freshly made pasta!