Last month, we shared a Saturday morning with some of our favorite ladies, along with handfuls of bright white flour. We gathered for our second Lost Skills Workshop: Pasta Making. I'm no expert in the art, but I pulled from the advice given to me by an Italian grandmother herself. "A handful of flour and some eggs... olive oil sometimes, dear. You'll never purchase that store bought stuff again." And really it is that simple. The learning curve is in the feel of the dough. It’s something that you only truly understand after kneading, dusting and touching again. That's just what we did.
Later, while we savored the pesto-speckled pasta, we could all agree that the floury kitchen mess left us with no regrets, because the pasta is just that good.
Simple Pasta Recipe
2/3 cup of All Purpose Flour, plus extra for sprinkling ( you can get creative with other flours too!)
2 pastured eggs
Make a mound of flour on a clean surface. Create a well in the center, large enough to put the eggs into. Using a fork, whisk the eggs. Slowly gather the flour into the mixture by whisking the sides. When the dough forms, knead it for 5-7 minutes, adding flour when the dough is sticky to the touch. Shape the dough into a ball and cover for 30 minutes before rolling out.
Roll the dough as thin as possible using a rolling pin or pasta maker (I prefer the maker!) Cut into desired shapes and cook in salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes or until pasta rises to the top. Serve and enjoy!
01. Rose E. Martin