homemade pasta: step by step

On Sunday night we made our own pasta.  Here is the recipe, courtesy of Jamie Oliver.

9 oz flour

9 oz semolina flour

3 large eggs

8 egg yolks

Mix both flours
Place both flours on a clean surface. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and yolks.
Stir with the fork until you have a dough which you can work with your hands. Knead well until you have a smooth, silky, elastic dough and a clean surface.
...and keep kneading....
After placing the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours, split the dough into 4 pieces. Take one of the pieces (place the other 3 back in the fridge) and begin to roll out the pasta using the pasta machine.
Continue to put dough through the machine until you have a thin consistency.
You may need to repeat this 4-5 times. (It took us 6 and we had to make sure the dough was cold as the consistency changes quickly).
Once you have reached the desired consistency, place the dough in the extension that allows you to choose which type of pasta you want to make. We chose linguini.
You may need to break the pasta pieces apart as the dough will stick together.
Boil water with lots of salt and olive oil. Once the water has boiled, cook the pasta for 3 minutes or until the pasta rises to the stop of the pot.

The finished pasta is AMAZING!  We had ours with a wonderful tomato and sausage sauce.  As you can see there is no picture… I was too busy eating to take pictures.  Hope you have time to try making your own pasta and enjoy this tasty recipe!

Jamie Oliver, "The Return of the Naked Chef"

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