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MAKE IT: Pasta noodles

Pasta14 Pasta is fun to make and, if you have a pasta rolling machine, easy.  If you don’t then you’d better make sure your an expert with a rolling pin and have a good dose of patience. Here are the ingredients for a very simple egg pasta.  I’ve use it to make noodles here but it’s the same recipe if you want to make lasagne, spaghetti, tagiatelle or any of the hand-shaped pastas (if you have the inclination and time). 300g pasta flour (ideally pasta flour but plain flour will do if you don’t have any to hand) 3 eggs 3 tablespoons olive oil pinch of salt. I was making enough only for the two of us so the quantities in my pictures have been pared down to two thirds. Pasta01 Whack this into your mixer or thrash by hand until it clumps together and then form it into a ball.  It sometimes takes a while to come together and if it really doesn’t want to stick, you can try adding a splash more oil.  Once you’ve achieved a ball, let it sit for 20-30 mins. ??????????????????????????????? Pasta03 Then divi it up into four sections and roll out fairly thinly. Pasta04???????????????????????????????(I know the dough looks unfeasibly yellow in the photos but that’s because these are my own eggs – well my hens’ eggs – and the yolks are really bright compared to shop bought ones.  That’s because they get to eat a lot of grass while they free-range.)  Anyway, pop it through the pasta machine at its thickest setting a few times until it comes through smooth with no air pockets or crimply bits.  You might need to fold it a few times while you do this which I generally do in thirds.  ??????????????????????????????? When it’s smooth, you can trim it with a knife to give nice neat edges and pass it through the pasta machine again, this time on progressively smaller settings until it’s the thickness you need for the type of pasta you’re making.  In this case, from setting 0 (the widest) through 1, 2, 3 and finally 4. I normally pop it through twice on each setting before swapping to the next.  I don’t know if that’s really necessary but it’s certainly therapeutic. ???????????????????????????????   Pasta08 Finally, swap the roller for the noodle/spaghetti cutter (or if you’re doing it by hand, take a deep breath, flour the sheets really well, roll them up, pray they don’t stick and then attempt to cut into strips). You’ll need to hang  the noodles up to dry a bit before you cook them or they’ll stick together in the pan.  I have pasta stand now but I used to use a wire coat hanger.  Works just the same. Pasta10 Pasta12 If you’re going to cook them the same day it will only take two to three minutes in a large pan of fast boiling salted water.  If you plan to dry them to use later in the week, you can either transfer them to a long thin pasta jar once fully dried or tangle them into baskets.  I keep the inevitable little broken or short bits in a jar for popping into soups.   Dried pasta will take 8-10 mins to cook depending whether you like if al-dente or soft.Pasta11 I would say, however, if you do want to dry them, you’ll find it better to use proper pasta flour as the pasta dries harder and won’t snap as easily. I used these noodles with a few prawns, some mustard and sesame seeds, onions, ginger, garlic, chilli and coriander for a very simple supper dish for the two of us. Pasta15