Saturday, April 5, 2008


When I have next to nothing in the house, I make homemade pasta. It is fun to make, so delicious, and cheap!

Pasta makers seem to start at about $50, but I fell into good luck when a coworker picked one up for me at Marshall's for $15! So keep your eyes open when you're at discount stores that sell cooking supplies, and look for sales at the other shops too. My pasta maker is one of my most beloved cooking tools. Pasta can also be made without a pasta maker, so don't let that hold you back. It just takes a little more muscle, and it takes on more of a homemade-looking style. No matter how you roll out your pasta, you will be sure to enjoy it because nothing compares to making it fresh!

I've been trying out a whole bunch of fresh pasta recipes, and I recently found my all-time favorite. It's from Alice Waters' new book, "The Art of Simple Food." And it truly is so simple.

2 cups flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks

Just measure out the flour in a large bowl and make a little well with your knuckles. Mix the eggs in a smaller bowl. Pour the eggs into the well, and with a fork, gradually incorporate the egg into the flour, whisking a little flour into the center bit by bit. After the ingredients are all mixed, your dough will likely be sticky. Turn it out onto a floured board and gently knead it for a minute or so.

Alice says to wait an hour and let the dough rest before you roll it out, but I'm usually making dinner right at dinnertime. I just roll it out immediately after making the dough and it's been working fine.

Roll out your dough to your liking, and cut it into strips. Toss it in a little flour so it doesn't all stick together. Boil salted water, pop in the pasta, and bring the water back to a boil. The cooking time will depend on the size of the pasta. Homemade pasta takes a relatively short amount of time to cook. After a few minutes or so it will probably start rising to the top of the pot. Taste it and make sure it's done.

Toss it in some olive oil, butter, or tomato sauce. Add in some veggies, herbs, or anything else you like to eat with pasta. So good!

Recipe © 2007 by Alice Waters.

1 comment:

leah said...

This is a fantastic pasta recipe! Forgivable and delicious. Thanks for sharing Alice's wisdom.