Usually when I make dinner, it tends to be some sort of pasta. There are several reasons for this. First, pasta is always good. No matter what kind. Second, it makes me feel like i’m actually putting effort into making dinner, since I make the dough from scratch. It feels “truly” homemade.
More homemade than throwing something into a pot and letting it cook for several hours. Don’t get me wrong, that is certainly a delicious method of cooking, but I like being hands on for everything.
Plus making the dough is very relaxing for me.
While pasta dough seems intimidating for beginners, it’s really very very simple.
First you start off with a mound of flour. 3 cups of it to be exact.
Then you break 4 eggs into it and add a pinch of salt, making it into a volcano like we all used to do with mashed potatoes and gravy. Feel free to add a little bit of olive oil if you like, I don’t but i’ve seen many recipes that do.
With a fork start whisking the eggs, slowly incorporating the flour into the eggs making the dough.
Once the dough is too sticky, start using your hands and knead it for a few minutes.
Form it into a ball.
Wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes on the counter.
At this point you can use a pasta roller and make whatever type of pasta you like! Spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, whatever you like!
Freezing the dough is always an option as well if you don’t want to make it that same day.