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Pasta Dough

Pasta Dough

 

Making fresh pasta is much easier with the aid of a pasta machine, a great investment for pasta lovers.

 

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus resting

 

Makes 16 sheets

  • 250 g (8 oz) pasta flour or strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing

  • 1-2 tablespoons cold water

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in the centre and gradually work in the eggs, egg yolk, oil and enough water to form a soft dough.

  2. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Brush with a little oil, cover and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

  3. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Take one piece and pat into a flattish rectangle. With the pasta rolling machine set at its widest setting, feed the dough through twice. Repeat the process at each setting, feeding the sheet of dough through the rollers lengthways, until the sheet is long and very thin. Cut the sheet in half width ways and hang over a pole to dry for 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough to make 16 sheets of pasta.

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