like love pasta. It makes a fast, easy, delicious meal that can satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike. For the longest time I never dared make my own pasta; it seemed far too daunting, and I was completely content just dumping boxed pasta into boiling water and heating up sauce from a can. But after a while, I got bored. My old favorite meal turned into a fear as my mom announced, “Spaghetti for dinner!” for the millionth time. So I decided to change things. On a free summer day I opened our battered old copy of The Joy of Cooking and flipped to pasta. The simple ingredient list shocked me; I believed that the list would be long, terrifying, and full of unknown ingredients.
I spent the afternoon mixing and rolling and cutting and thinking: “Wow this is so much easier than I thought it would be!” It may be a bit time consuming, but that’s mostly spent waiting, not working. And I promise you, it is worth it. The noodles are fast to cook to al dente perfection. They are tender, but have this perfect bite to them. Not a mushy gross ten minute dinner without any thought. This pasta is full of love (and deliciousness). On your next free weekend, make this. If you have kids that refuse to eat long evil worms, cut it into hearts. It’s so versatile. Make pink Alfredo sauce. Go wild. Or make plain old red sauce and be boring (me). Any way you have it, you’ll love it!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (Don’t pack it too hard!)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (Optional)*
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (Optional)*
- Mound the flour onto your counter. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, oil, and salt. Beat the eggs well, then slowly start incorporating the flour. Be careful of eggs spilling out of your flour dam.
- Keep combing the ingredients until it forms into a ball. (It sticks to your fingers, I know.) If the dough is too goopey add some more flour. Once it is at an easy to knead consistency, knead it for about ten minutes or until the dough is very elastic.
- Divide the dough into four pieces, and let it rest at room temperature covered in plastic for 60 minutes.
- Lightly flour a surface and begin rolling it out until it is thin. (About 1/8 inch thick)
- Cut your pasta into desired shapes. (Pizza cutters work well! Or use a pasta machine, lucky duck.) Let it sit for another hour before putting it into boiling water.
- Boil your pasta 2-4 minutes. It really depends on how firm you want your pasta to be. Layer on your favorite sauce, or put a dab of butter and salt on them and enjoy them plain. They’re just that good.