One of the first things my husband and I did after moving to London was taking a pasta making class. I was still getting used to the spectrum of English accents and anxiety was my natural state, but I did overcome the fear after a few minutes, and the fact that everyone was a clueless as we were did ease my nerves.
Not long after that class, my husband gave me as a gift a pasta maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer, and ever since then fresh pasta is a regular on the table. After trying recipe after recipe, my go-to is the one from The Silver Spoon but I have to say the key is not only the recipe but also the ingredients, you do need fresh eggs and the best quality 00 flour you can get.
You can make this dough a day in advance or use it after it has rested for an hour. If I’m having friends over I usually wait until they’ve arrived to prepare the ravioli or whatever I’m doing with it, they enjoy the show and usually get involved. If that’s not your thing, prepare the pasta, blanch it for 30 seconds in boiling water, drain, rinse in cold water and freeze in a bag, it will keep for a couple of weeks and it will take no time to cook.
This recipe serves 4.
- 200 grams Italian type 00 flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 egg yolk
*Note: You can make the dough right on the table but I usually do it in a large bowl, it works just as well and it's less messy.
Sift the flour in a large bowl; beat the 2 eggs and yolk together. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and salt, using your fingers gradually incorporate the flour until you start getting a dough. After getting to this point, flour your table and transfer the dough to it. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, if it is dry, wet your fingers and keep kneading. But if it is too sticky just add a little more flour to the table, you don’t want to stop until the dough is silky and smooth.
Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling film and let it rest for 1 hour or up to 24 hours in the fridge. Fresh pasta will take only a couple of minutes to cook in boiling salted water.