Project Pasta

My kitchen ninja dad made pasta by hand last week.  I watched him turn four simple ingredients into something that looked incredibly delicious.  I couldn’t eat any but Mom said she really liked it and she’s super picky.  I attempted my GF version this weekend.  Here’s the down-low about my fab first effort:

What You Need:

GF Multi-Purpose Flour (get a box because you’re going to need ALL of it…)
2-3 Large Eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup of water (added as needed in tablespoons)

What You Do:

1.  Divide your flour in half:  one part on your workspace and another in a bowl.  Shape the workspace flour into a mountain and gently punch down the middle for a place to put the liquid ingredients.  Add salt.  Whisk together egg and water in a bowl and set aside.

2.  Add liquid slowly, working the ingredients with a fork until a mass starts to form.  Don’t overwork or add liquid too quickly–you can’t undo either!  When the mass gets too difficult to mix, use your hands.  (Flour them first.  You’ll thank me later…)  Shape the dough into a ball and let rest for a bit.

3.  Place the ball on your floured work surface.  Knead, adding flour from time to time to keep things from sticking.  Divide into quarters.  Take one piece and roll out with floured rolling pin.  The goal is 1/8 inch thick, or about the thickness of two quarters.  Fold and roll again, adding flour as necessary.  Cut into the shapes you like with a sharp knife and hang to dry or cook right away.  3 to 4 minutes in boiling water is all you need!  You can freeze any unused quarters but make sure to wrap them snuggly with plastic wrap.

Cooked GF Handmade Pasta