Like making bread, initially I was hesitant with fresh pasta because I thought it would be complicated and take ages. But like bread the more you make it the easier it becomes. For me the trick is to put my headphones in during the kneading process. It's probably been a weekly dish for the last year now.
My yard stick for simple recipes is whether I could be bothered to make it if I had a hangover. And I definitely have persevered with this one even after a big Saturday night out. It is for sure worth the effort.
All you need is a cup of flour and two eggs. And once you have your technique down and you can make it easily you won't want to go back to packet pasta.
1 cup of plain flour
1. Flour the surface of a clean bench or chopping board.
2. Then put the cup of flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
3. Add the eggs to the centre of the well and stir in to combine. I use a fork.
4. Once most of the flour has mixed in, take the dough into a ball.
5. Knead the dough on the floured surface for about 10 minutes. The flour should change during this time. About halfway the dough will be sticky and stick to your hands. You can add a pinch or two of flour at this time if it helps. Keep kneading and when it's ready it will feel more like play dough and won't stick to your fingers.
6. Place the dough in a bowl covered with a dry tea towel and set aside for half an hour.
7. After 30 minutes take the dough and cut it into two portions.
8. Flour your kneading surface again.
9. With a roller or some thing similar, I use a wine bottle, roll out the dough. It will be about 30cm in diameter or to which ever thickness you prefer.
10. Then I roll it up like a pancake, or like if you were moving a rug, and with a knife or scissors cut about 1cm apart.
11. Unroll the fettuccine and place on a floured plate. You might need to add some extra flour so it doesn't stick together.
12. Repeat on the other half of the dough.
13. Boil you water with oil and salt.
14. Gently place into the boiling water and stir so the fettuccine doesn't stick together.
15. I then put the lid on the water for about a minute to bring the water temp up back to the boil.
16. Then about one more minute. The fettuccine will rise to the top of the water. It only takes about 2 minutes in total in the water to be ready. But you can do a taste test to be sure.
17. And that's it. Stir through with your sauce.
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