For my half birthday (thank you Christmas birthday!) Andrew got me a gift certificate for 2 online classes from Gilt! Since Andrew is Italian I couldn’t pass up the homemade Italian pasta course. Event thought I didn’t have a pasta maker, or any idea when I would get one!
My grandmas surprised me with one for Christmas (and the most giant bowl you have ever seen!) and I think Andrew and I ate pasta for a month! And everyone around me got at least a couple batches!
I am going home this weekend and I will finally be able to give the last of my Christmas gifts out! Pathetic, I know! So, as part of my dads present, I whipped up some simple red pasta! Which is perfect because it is going to work as a sudo-Christmas gift and Valentine gifts for some of my favorite girlfriends!
I packaged it up, picked up a couple bottles of wine, added some fun Valentine wine tag, and passed them along to my girlfriends! Such a fun, easy dinner to celebrate Valentines all month!
3 cups of flour
a dash of olive oil
a dash of salt
Make a flour mound, then create a hole
Crack the eggs in the hole, add a dash of olive oil and salt and food coloring
Beat eggs in the hole, slowly adding in flour
Once egg and flour mixture is well mixed, start kneading.
Add flour and knead until dough is no longer sticker, and bounces back to the touch.
Wrap in saran wrap and let sit for 1 – 6 hours
Unwrap dough and split into three pieces
Spread dough with fingers to round “pizza” like pieces
Work through pasta machine starting on the widest setting (mine is 0)
After each round through the pasta machine, adjust to one setting smaller
Once desired thickness is achieved, work through pasta cutter
Let pasta dry over night. I like to do the nesting method, just grab the pasta once fed through the cutter, created a small bunch and let dry on cookie rack.
Here is a video that better demonstrates the methods I am talking about! I am a visual learned so these always help!