Fresh pasta is so easy to make and takes no time to cook. This is a fail proof recipe always popular with kids. We used a pasta machine to roll out and cut the pasta, but if you don't have this a rolling pin and a sharp knife can also work well. It all just depends on how thin you like your pasta.
- 500 Grams 00 flour
- 4 large eggs
- Chilled water (you may need a few tablespoons depending the consistency of the pasta/egg mix)
- Tip the flour onto a clean surface and make a well in the centre to hold the eggs.
- Crack the eggs into the centre of the flour well and use a fork to mix the eggs and take care to draw in the flour from the sides to combine.
- At this point you'll have a clumpy mix. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water (I usually add about 5 tablespoons).
- Use your hands now to combine all the ingredients together (add more water if you think it's too dry) and knead for 2-3 minutes until you have an elastic and smooth dough.
- Let the dough rest for 30 mins covered with a tea towel.
Making the pasta
- Grab a knob of pasta (about 1/5) and roll it out (with rolling pin or pasta machine) to the desired thickness.
- Make sure you dust both sides of the rolled pasta half way through to avoid sticking.
- If you don't have a pasta machine you can fold the well floured pasta and cut the desired thickness. By folding the pasta before cutting you'll get a more uniform cut.
Fresh pasta only needs about 2 minutes in boiling water to cook.
Some of our favourite cooked combinations are beans and bacon (with loads of garlic), sausages and peas (again with loads of garlic), and courgettes and corn for a great vegetarian option. Always with a generous sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese on top to finish.
This is a really fun way to get the kids in the kitchen. We love cooking with the kids. By creating their own food, they enjoy it more and learn some great skills at the same time.