How to Make Fresh Pasta (without a machine)

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Before pasta was made by pasta machines or mass manufactured it was luxury food created by hand. Nothing really beats the flavor of fresh pasta. I love purchasing fresh pasta from farmers markets, and I revel when there is fresh pasta at my local grocery store. Most people are hesitant to purchase their own pasta machine to make fresh pasta at home because it is an appliance that is difficult to clean, thus I have created a way to create fresh pasta at home without using a pasta machine!

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  1. You will need only two ingredients! Flour and eggs.
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2. Make a well in the pile of flour.

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3. Crack the eggs into the well.

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4. Using a fork or your fingers, mix the flour and eggs together to make a dough.

5. Roll the dough flat using a rolling pin.

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6. Fold the dough in half.

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7. Roll the dough flat with a rolling pin and fold the dough again. Repeat this process 6 more times. This will get out air bubbles and make the pasta smoother.

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8. You should now have a smooth and flat sheet of pasta. The sheet should be around 3 millimeters in thickness.

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9. Using a sharp knife, cut the pasta to desired thickness. Thinner slices could make tagliatelle or fettuccine while wider slices will make lasagna sheets.

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10. Either dry the pasta as a pasta nest or on a pasta drying rack, and store in an airtight bag until future use.

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11. To prepare the pasta; boil in well salted water for about 3 minutes, depending on thickness, and use in your favorite pasta dish recipes!

Fresh Tagliatelle Recipe

Yields 10 oz fresh pasta

Prep Time 2 minutes

Active Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

2 eggs

Directions

Make a well in the pile of flour. Crack the eggs into the well. Using a fork or your hands mix the flour and eggs together to make a dough.

Roll the dough flat.

Fold the dough in half.

Roll the dough flat again. Repeat this process 6 more times. This will get out air bubbles and make the pasta smoother.

You should now have a smooth and flat sheet of pasta. The sheet should be around 3 millimeters in thickness.

Cut the pasta to be about 6 millimeters in width.

Either dry the pasta as a pasta nest or on a pasta drying rack, and store in an airtight bag until future use.

Boil a pot of water and add a lot of salt for flavor and boil pasta for 3 minutes.

Toss in your favorite pasta sauce and enjoy!

Tagliatelle goes great with sauces like Ragu Bolognese and Alfredo sauce.

If you do not want sauce, toss the pasta with some butter, black pepper, and Parmesan to make a simple Cacio e Pepe.

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