If you’re a follower of my blog, you would know that I’m a pasta lover. I love trying new pasta recipes and most importantly I love eating it. Up until now, I’ve only shared recipes using store-bought dried pasta. As much as I love the firm al dente texture of dried pasta, my affection for silky, delicate and tender fresh pasta isn’t any less.
Despite what many of you think, fresh pasta isn’t difficult to make. With just a bit of practice, you can have pasta dough kneaded in 10 minutes and rolled out in 5 (but with a 30 minute resting period in between, of course). The ingredients are simple: eggs, flour and some olive oil. You would, however, have to invest in a pasta maker.
If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, you might already have the pasta attachments and don’t have to get a separate pasta maker. But if you are like me, and don’t have the kitchen space for the Stand Mixer, there are many pasta makers available. A popular one that is easily found in Hong Kong is the Marcato Atlas 150. This one is sold in many places: city’super, ilBelPaese and Wing On. I bought mine in the Silver for about HKD 700 . Of course there are many other brands out there, and I believe places like Pantry Magic carries various brands.
If you’re old school, you don’t even need a pasta maker, a rolling-pin and some muscles will also do!
Fresh Egg Pasta
150g Type 00 Flour*
3 fresh eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp olive oil
*If you can’t find semolina, you can just double the Type 00 Flour
**Rule of thumb: 100g flour to 1 egg for each person
Now roll up your sleeves and start flexing your muscles…
Be sure to wrap the dough in cling film so that it is all covered. Dough exposed to air will dry out quickly and become crusty. When you’re ready to roll out your dough, take it out of the fridge.
Now for the fun part!
And voila…you now have fresh pasta. You can hang it to dry, or you can dust it with flour and keep it on a tray until you’re ready to cook it. Remember fresh pasta is much quicker to cook than dried ones, it should take about 1-3 minutes only. Serve with your favorite sauce.