21 February 2010

The Cook Book Challenge - Week 12 : Eggs

Week 12 : Eggs
Recipe : Egg Pasta Dough ( Pasta all'Uovo )
Cook Book : Italia by Antonio Carluccio

I was really nervous about this weeks challenge.  I have never made pasta from scratch before but have been wanting to do it for ages. Since my mum had the  pasta machhine and never used it, I thought it was finally to give it's first run.

I looked for the most simple recipe I could find from my cook books and found this recipe.  It only needs 2 main ingredients.  How simple is that?  Egg and Strong flour.  It is so simple that I will make my own pasta again.  The taste and texture of home made pasta is far superior to store bought dry pasta.  It's very silky and soft and the best thing is that you know exactly what went in it

I didn't take any photos of me using the pasta maker, simply because I didn't want to show the huge mess I made. Flour everywhere.  I'm such a messy cook.

Recipe :

400g Italian '00' flour, plus extra to dust
4 large fresh eggs
large pinch of salt

Pile the flour in a mound on a surface and make a well in the middle.  Break the eggs into the well and add the salt.  Stir the eggs into the flour, with a fork at first and then with your hands, until it forms a coarse paste.  Add a little more flour if too moist and a little water if too dry.

Now knead the pasta dough using the pasta machine until it is smooth and workable, not too soft and not too hard.  Cover  the dough with a cloth and rest for 15 to 30 minutes before rolling out.

Divide the dough into 4 or 5 portions.  In the machine, pass the dough through the rollers, a portion at a time, decreasing the gap between the rollers each time, so that the dough becomes thinner and longer.  Repeat this until you obtain the desired thickness: 3-4mm for lasagne and cannelloni;  1.5-2mm for stuffed pasta.  Then either pass through the cutting rollers to make various sizes of ribbon or cut into sheets.

Cook fresh pasta in a large saucepan, allowing 1 litre water per 100g pasta plus 2 tsp salt.  Cooking time varies according to the kind of pasta, it's thickness and whether it is stuffed, but home made pasta ribbons will take about 3 minutes.

I wanted to make lasagne so I rolled out the pasta into thin sheets and cooked for about 3 minutes a couple at a time.

The pasta sauce for the lasagne

The finished Lasagne with the home made egg pasta

I served the lasagne with home made garlic and herb bread.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ Trisha said...

this is nice! oh and looooove garlic bread... when the pasta's done, just use the garlic bread to wipe the plate clean! mmmm....

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/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Nice work! I bet the family had a delicious meal made from love :)

/* */ Ange said...

Fantastic, I feel the same way, have the machine in my cupboard but always seem to have the excuse of being too busy at hand. Think I will really have to push myself & do it soon & hope it turns out so I dont look back

/* */ Rilsta said...

I have been seeing how easy it is to make pasta so I should get myself a pasta machine, though there is no more room in my kitchen cupboard with all the other appliances I have!

It seems like all recipes are 100g of flour to 1 egg and yours is the same!

/* */ Jamie said...

Oh brave you! But where is the picture of the pasta? I have only made it once and keep putting off doing it again! Scary. Did you enjoy it?

/* */ Agnes said...

Haha, I'm also a terribly messy cook! Most of the time my husband cleans up after me, which is probably why I'm so messy. Fresh pasta is great - good work giving it a try!

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