Making Pasta…

Making Pasta

Jamie – I’m not arguing with you, you are the man, but I think your pasta rolling instructions in “Cook with Jamie” were a little bit over the top!

Condensed version of Jamie’s instructions: pasta through machine at widest setting, then next setting down – repeat 6 times. Start again. This time go through all the settings and start again going down all the settings yet again. This is where we came to trouble – with our pasta dough crumbling into nothing in our hands whilst trying to feed it through the machine! (I probably should have taken a photo of the disastrous dough, but I was too hungry and getting desperate!)

We were silly enough to try it three times (leaving us with only just enough pasta for the two of us for dinner!) before we realised that it was fine to do it without the last step!

RECIPE FOR BASIC PASTA DOUGH (JAMIE OLIVER)
SERVES 4

  • 600g tipo 00 flour
  • 6 large eggs

Place flour on the bench and make a well to crack the eggs into. Beat eggs with a fork until smooth, then by using the tips of your fingers, mix the egg with the flour, incorporating a little bit at a time until all combined.

Once you have made the dough, knead and work it with your hands to develop the gluten in the flour, otherwise your pasta will be flabby and soft when you cook it, instead of springy and al dente. Stop kneading when your pasta dough starts to feel smooth and silky, instead of rough and floury.

Wrap in cling film and let rest in the fridge for at least half an hour before using.

HOW TO ROLL YOUR PASTA (NOT QUITE LIKE JAMIE DOES!)

Dust your work surface with flour. Start with a ball of dough roughly the size of an orange and flatten out with your fingers. Roll the pasta through your machine at the widest setting, then click the machine down a setting and feed through again.

Fold the pasta dough in half and repeat process five or six times. It might seem like you are getting nowhere, but you are working the dough and you should feel the difference, it should be as smooth as silk, and as Jamie says “wicked pasta!”

Now it is time to roll the dough out properly, through all the settings on the machine, dusting with flour each time if it needs it.

Once you have rolled your pasta to the thickness you want it, you need to shape or cut straight away. It dries out very quickly. You can lay a damp teatowel over your pasta to stop it drying.

A worthy mention must go to my sister Jo, (who thinks that I am very hard to buy for!) for the Christmas gift of a pasta machine (my other machine has only been used a single time and is in a dusty box somewhere in NZ) – for the record, probably the best present I have ever received from her – well done!

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