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Egg Pasta

Homemade Egg Pasta

Serves 4

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Nonna Lina makes homemade pasta very frequently, either cutting it to fettuccine width, or into sheets for lasagna. She first learned to make pasta at her own Nonna's table, and it is one of her family's favorites. Although Nonna always rolls and cuts her pasta by hand, included are instructions for using a basic pasta roller if you prefer. Nonna's family's favorite sauce to top this pasta is her famous Tomato Sauce With Meatballs

Egg Pasta:

3 Extra Large Eggs

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

Mound the flour onto a large board, making a hollow in the center. Break the eggs one at a time, mixing the egg into the flour with a fork. Once all the eggs have been incorporated into the flour, begin to knead with your hands until the dough is stiff and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 30 minutes before using.

To roll by hand, flatten your dough ball into a disc shape, and on a lightly floured surface, begin to roll back and forth with your rolling pin, exerting a fair amount of pressure. Continue rolling from different angles to obtain a rectangle type of shape. Dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking, turn the dough over a few times while rolling. Continue in this fashion, reducing the pressure exerted on the dough as it begins to thin. Once it has reached the desired thickness, dust lightly with flour.

To cut into fettuccine or tagliarini, begin rolling the dough away from you by hand into a fairly firm tube. Using a sharp knife, cut into the desired shape, either fettuccine or tagliarini. Unroll the pasta as soon as they are cut, and hang on pasta dryer or twirl into small nests to dry.

Remember, fresh pasta cooks very quickly. To cook your pasta, drop into boiling, salted water and watch it carefully. If your pasta has been made within the last hour, it could take less than 1 minute to cook! The longer it was left to dry, the longer it will take to cook. Test it frequently to prevent overcooking. Your pasta is now ready to be topped with your favorite sauce.

To Roll Pasta With A Pasta Machine: Break off a fist sized piece of the dough and flatten into a disc. Flour well, then pass it through the widest openings of your pasta machine. Remove, fold into thirds and repeat. Do this 4 or 5 times, dusting with flour between each time. Now start to decrease the rollers by turning down one notch each time. Put the dough through each setting twice until you have reached your desired thickness. For stuffed pastas, you will generally roll it to the thinnest or second thinnest setting.

Egg Pasta

Nonna's fresh pasta shown topped with her Tomato Sauce

Nonna Lina ~ 2003

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