Are you tired of buying the same store-bought pasta? Why not try making your own? It's easier than you think! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make delicious pasta right at home. In this first part of our three-part series, we'll cover the basics of dough preparation and cutting techniques.
First, gather your ingredients: all-purpose flour, eggs, salt, and water. For the eco-conscious cook, make sure to use organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. And don't forget to have your handy ZipBag® on hand to store any extra ingredients.
To prepare the dough, place two cups of flour and a pinch of salt in a bowl and make a well in the center. Crack two eggs into the well and mix with a fork, slowly incorporating the flour. Add one tablespoon of water at a time, mixing until the dough forms a ball. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it's smooth and elastic. Use a Duo Cover® to cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Once the dough has rested, it's time to roll it out. Cut the dough into four pieces and use a rolling pin to roll each piece into a thin sheet. Use a sharp knife or pasta cutter to cut the sheets into your desired pasta shape. Don't have a pasta cutter? A UniLid® can be used as a universal lid to trace circles for ravioli or other filled pasta shapes.
To cook your homemade pasta, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add your pasta. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until al dente. And for any spills or splatters, use a Swedish Dishcloth to clean up any messes.
Now that you've got the basics down, the possibilities are endless for creating your own unique pasta dishes. Stay tuned for part two of our series where we'll cover sauce selection and cooking tips. Happy pasta-making!