Fresh Pasta

Easy, fast, delicious fresh pasta. I admit, the dried in the box is convenient and a staple in my pantry, but if you have the time, try making your own.
If you don’t have a pasta attachment for your stand mixer you can purchase a hand crank version, like this one for around $35.

There are several methods to making pasta dough, the well method, you can also make it in your stand mixer using the paddle attachment, I have found using the food processor works well and only requires a little kneading afterward.

Fresh Pasta Dough

 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading (sifted)

3 large eggs
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

In a food processor blend eggs, oil, water and salt. Add the 2 cups of flour and continue to blend 
until mixture just begins to form a ball. On a lightly floured surface
knead dough, incorporating additional flour as necessary, until smooth
and elastic, about 8 minutes.Wrap in plastic and let rest for 30 minutes or store in the refridgerator for up to 2 days tight;y wrapped. When you decide to use it let the dough come up to room temperature for about 30-45 minutes before rolling it out.

Cut the dough into  section, rolling it out first with a rolling pin.

To roll pasta dough:
Set smooth rollers of pasta machine on widest setting

Shape 1 piece of dough into rectangle, feed flattened  piece of dough  through
rollers. Fold in half and feed through rollers 5-7 more
times, folding in half each time and dusting in half as necessary to
prevent sticking.
Turn dial down to next (narrower) setting and feed dough through rollers
without folding. Continue to feed dough through, without folding,
making space between rollers narrower each time. I usually stop at 6

Halve sheet crosswise and arrange on a dry kitchen towel or cutting board, letting pasta
hang over edge of work surface. Roll out remaining dough in same manner. 

Switching to the desired cutter attachment ( I used fettuccine) feed each sheet through. Once cut, toss with a bit of flour to keep from sticking. At this point you can lay it out to dry, place in an airtight container with a dry towel on the bottom to store short term, freeze or use immediately.
To cook pot of water to a boil, add salt then pasta and cook, stirring gently with a wooden spon for approximatley 3 minutes. 
Toss with your favorite sauce, this time i used sauteed mushrooms and spinach with a little bit of cream and Parmesan cheese.

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