Home made pasta is soooo goood. It turns you into a pasta snob, shaking your head and pffting as you walk past the dried pasta section in the grocery shop.
It is not hard to make and doesn't take that long. Here is my easy egg dough recipe and a quick dinner you can make with it.
Egg Pasta Recipe
3/4 Cup of white flour and 1 medium egg per person you are cooking for. Put it all in a bowl.
Then I give a swirl of olive oil into the mix.
You can use a mixer if you want, but I just use my hands and mix it till it forms a firm dough. I knead it enough that it all holds together.
Then wrap it while you make you other things for your dinner. In my case I am making pasta rolls or cannelloni type dish. So while my pasta is resting I'm cooking up mince with a pasta tomato sauce.
Because it doesn't take long to cook mince, I just leave the dough out in the kitchen with me. But if it is a hot kitchen and you are going to be awhile, I would put it in the fridge and bring it out just before you need it.
While it have been resting at room temperature, the dough will be getting softer.
I am wanting pasta sheets today, so I divide the dough into 4 pieces to roll separately.
Just before I roll each piece, I flatten it slightly and dust with flour.
I use a pasta machine for making my pasta sheets, but if your good with a rolling pin, you could use that too. I roll the pasta to a thickness that I know will hold mince without breaking, but still has a slight opaqueness to it. That is the pasta dough recipe, but you can make spaghetti, ribbons or whatever you like with it. If you are cooking it in boiling water, it does not take as long to cook as dried pasta, and remember even when you take it off the heat, it is still cooking. I only boil it for a couple of minutes.
Read on to see how I used the pasta dough for my pasta rolls.
I cut each of the 4 sheets in half, to make 8 rolls.
Put mince by the wider edge and roll up. Put in a baking dish with cheese or white sauce. Top with cheese and bake at 180 degrees celcius until the cheese is melted how you like it, about 25 minutes for me.
I like this dish with a salad and olives, my sons eat it with gherkins...because he says it tastes like a Big Mac... go figure...