The Easiest Homemade Pasta Recipe | Abel & Cole

The Easiest Homemade Pasta

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Serves2-4 people

Making your own pasta is as easy as child's play with this simple recipe, with the added benefit that you get to eat the results. Mixing flour, eggs and water together to make a soft dough is fun, while little ones will love choosing what shape they want to make. Delicious boiled and served with a simple pasta sauce and a sprinkle of cheese.

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  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 eggs

Prep: 35 mins + resting | Cook: 5-10 mins

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1. Whisk the flour and a pinch of salt together in a large mixing bowl. Crack in the eggs. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp water. Mix it together with your hands till it starts to come together to form a dough. Then, really squish and squeeze the dough together into a ball. Add more oil if it’s too dry. Add more flour if it’s too wet. It should be a bit like playdough.
2. Clean your hands, then pour a little olive oil into your hands. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and then use your oiled hands to knead the dough for a few mins, till it’s smooth and a little shiny.
3. Pop the dough in a clean bowl. Cover with a tea towel. Rest in the fridge for 15 mins.
4. Divide the dough in half. Dust a chopping board with flour and roll each piece of dough out (one at a time), as thinly as you can.
5. To shape it:
For ribbons: Run your knife across the dough in 1cm intervals, making tagliatelle-like ribbons of pasta.
For bow ties or butterflies: Cut your dough into 3cm thick ribbons. Then, cut each ribbon across in 3cm intervals giving you little squares. Pinch each square in the centre to make little bows.
For orecchetiette: Pinch off broad bean sized nuggets from your dough, one at a time. Roll in your hand till smooth. Then, press the ball with your thumb to make a little indentation in the centre.
6. Lay your cut pasta on a well-floured surface to dry for 10 mins.
7. Get a large pot of water on to boil. Add a pinch of salt. Lower heat to medium. Cook your pasta in the simmering water for 5-8 mins or till tender (use a fork to remove a piece, blow on it to cool, taste and see if it’s done to your liking). Cook for a little longer, if not.
8. Drain the pasta and dish it up with your favourite pasta sauce and a little grated cheese.
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