We have a new toy. A pasta maker!
Homemade pasta is much easier than anyone believes (her mother has been telling her that for ages but she never believed it until now). Also, the time spent making the pasta is actually saved in the cooking. Fresh pasta only needs to be boiled for about two minutes in comparison to store-bought pasta which takes ten to fifteen minutes.
The first time we used our pasta maker we made fettuccine, but any noodle shape can be used with this simple recipe.
Pasta for two:
250 g flour
A little water if needed
For the best result, use white four, eggs that are at room temperature, and NO SALT!
All you have to do is mix the eggs and flour together. The work the dough with your hands and add a small amount of water if really needed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
Once everything is kneaded together, you can use the pasta machine to make the noodle of your choice.
Once the pasta is made, make sure to keep the pieces apart. Do this by either laying it out flat or using something like clothes hangers to hang it up. You can also buy expensive pasta hangers but that seems useless to us. If some does stick together do not worry too much. Once in boiling water the pieces often separate.
Enjoy homemade pasta and you will be tempted never to go back to the store-bought stuff. In the future we hope to try other pasta types, such as ravioli stuffed with cheese and meats.