Homemade Pasta without a pasta machine


There is nothing like fresh pasta to make a weeknight meal feel special. Best of all you can have dinner ready in less than an hour depending on what you plan to pair with the pasta.


Ingredients:


2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Salt for the boiling water


Method:


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.


Process until a dough is formed. Take out and knead for about 1 minute until smooth.


Let rest for about 30 minutes.


While resting bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to the water.


Roll out pasta until fairly thin using a rolling pin. Use additional flour to keep the dough from sticking. Keep strips or shapes separate (don’t pile them up they might stick together)


Cook for about 5 minutes. The pasta should be floating on the top of the water.



This recipe makes 4 healthy portions of pasta but can easily feed 6-8 depending on what you serve with it.


When rolling out the pasta keep your strands relatively thin or your shapes small because they will swell in the water.


Finally, if you don't feel like rolling out the pasta, here is a quick hack. Pinch off small pieces of the dough right into the boiling water. They become like little dumplings and are just as delicious. These are perfectly delicious with sauce, but can be used in soup as well and will hold up to freezing without getting too mushy.






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