Handmade Pasta dough for beginners in 4 EASY STEPS
How to execute your best “stress cooking”. Here is a simple recipe that can be made mostly with what you already have in your pantry: pasta in casa!
WHEN COOKING IS AN ACT OF LOVE
No doubts about it, preparing and cooking a meal can be a therapeutic activity during this difficult time. Cooking is quickly becoming a sort of relaxing exercise for all the people forced to stay at home during this pandemic. Now, more than ever, this simple act becomes something extraordinarily meaningful; it becomes an act of love for our friends and family.
COOK PASTA LIKE A PRO!
Many celebrity chefs are offering their “quarantine-friendly” video-recipes. A stunning example is our beloved Italian chef Massimo Bottura. The Maestro (the legendary Michelin 3-star chef of Osteria Francescana) came up with “Kitchen Quarantine,” a fun and helpful daily livestream on his Instagram account. At Magnifico, we also want to do our part to make this tough time a little lighter! Here is a very easy recipe to make house-made pasta dough from scratch.
If you have a well-stocked pantry, you should have all the ingredients for your “pasta fatta in casa.” For your pasta dough, you will need beaten eggs, flour (all-purpose), extra virgin olive oil, salt, and water. The ratio for each serving is 1 egg per ½ cup of flour (half semolina and half 00 flour), ½ tablespoon olive oil, a pinch of salt. Do the math!
Our first tip is to make sure to work on a cold surface - marble would be most ideal. Put your mixed flour in a large bowl and add a pinch of salt (better if kosher). Add the eggs and blend it with your hands until the ingredients are mixed nicely together. If the dough is too dry, you can add some cold water (Be careful not to overdo it though…it could be a potential disaster!). Form a ball, put it on your board and cover it in saran wrap. Let it rest for a couple of hours. You are almost ready to go! Divide your dough into pieces and sprinkle some flour on each piece, as well as your work surface in order to avoid the dough sticking. And now comes the fun part: Shape your pasta dough masterpiece by hand or with an iconic Italian pasta maker!
- Donatella Mulvoni