We splurged on an Imperia pasta machine for Christmas. It was a good investment - we’ve been enjoying making our own spaghetti, fettuccine and ravioli nearly every week.
The basis of a good pasta is the dough. This semolina and egg recipe never fails to make excellent dough that can be rolled and cut by machine or by hand. It’s yolky yellow, with a chewy tooth and firm texture. It’s such a joy to work with that I hardly every make anything else. And since it’s usually just me and Tod, I make the whole recipe but freeze half the dough for another night. The frozen dough thaws quickly and rolls out like it was freshly made. Honestly, this is the perfect pasta dough.
Perfect Pasta Dough
makes 4 servings
125 g all-purpose flour
165 g semolina flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
Combine the flours and form them into a mountain on your counter. Poke a deep well into the center. Crack the eggs into the well and add the oil. Use a fork to whisk the eggs and oil, slowly incorporating the flour into the mixture. When the mixture gets thick, abandon the fork and use your hands. Knead for ten minutes, then wrap tightly in plastic warp and allow to rest for 30 minutes. (This is a just enough time to tidy the kitchen and get a sauce started!) To finish, roll out by hand or with a machine and cut into desired noodly shapes. Boil in salted water 2-8 minutes, depending on how thick the noodles are and how al dente you like them.Posted by kuri at April 10, 2007 11:29 AM