Just Two Ingredients
If you have never made pasta before, hopefully this post will give you that little nudge you need to get you started. As I mentioned in my previous post, a pasta maker makes things easier but you can do just as well using a rolling pin. Hopefully, my tips and tricks below will show you that making pasta is easy and fun. Dried pasta is great and handy and is what I usually use but it does not compare with freshly-made pasta, even shop-bought fresh pasta. I also find that when I make lasagna, it is just as easy to make the pasta sheets myself rather than par-boil the shop-bought ones.
Once, you have mixed the eggs and flour (without salt!) with a fork, you need to start working the dough with your hand.
- Very therapeutic too !
You cannot actually see it in the picture above, but you need to add a little bit of flour on the work surface to stop the dough from sticking. Once you have got a nice smooth texture, let it rest. They usually tell you in recipes to cover with clingfilm to stop the dough from drying. I just use a large plate over my bowl. It works just as well and is greener.
Use a handful of dough at a time through the pasta maker. It is easier to handle this way. If you like kneading dough, you are going to love using the pasta maker!
Once you have achieved the thickness you want, layer the sheets in your dish.
Lay it roughly. This is not a beauty contest.
Once, you have finished making your lasagna dish, you will probably have some leftover dough. Don’t throw it away. Just make tagliatelle for example.
Then, let the pasta dry in a safe place for about 1 hour. I use the (cleaned) back of a kitchen chair and place it strategically away from dogs or traffic.
I actually placed my chair between two opened cupboard doors but I did not want to show you the mess inside my cupboard so I took a picture of the chair in a corner instead with the doors closed 🙂
Then, roughly fold the freshly made tagliatelle, place on a plate, cover and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Use some fine semolina to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other.