How To Make Fresh Pasta In A Food Processor
Learn how to make fresh pasta in a food processor if you don't want to buy the expensive fresh pasta from the supermarket. With a food processor and pasta roller, it's not a difficult task.
To make fresh pasta in a food processor, you need:
- two cups unbleached all-purpose flour (plus more for kneading)
- three large eggs
- teaspoon water
- teaspoon olive oil
- teaspoon salt
- Blend all of the ingredients, except for additional flour, in a food processor until the mixture begins to form a ball. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough, mixing in additional flour as necessary, until it is smooth and elastic, about eight minutes. Dough is best used immediately. If made one day ahead, chill and wrap pasta dough in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
- Roll out the fresh pasta dough with the rollers of a pasta machine on the widest setting. Cut the dough into four pieces and wrap three of them separately in plastic wrap. Flatten the unwrapped piece of dough into a rectangle and feed through the pasta machine rollers.
- Fold the pasta rectangle in half and feed it through rollers eight or nine more times. Folding the pasta dough in half each time and dust with remaining flour as necessary to prevent sticking.
- Turn the pasta machine dial down to the next (narrower) setting and feed the dough through the rollers without folding it. Keep feeding the dough through without folding it, adjusting the space between the rollers narrower each time, until you reach the smallest setting.
- Cut the pasta sheet crosswise in half and place it on a dry kitchen towel and let the fresh pasta hang over edge of your work surface. Roll out the remaining dough the same way.
- Cut the fresh pasta dough while it is still soft. Shape the dough as desired and use the pasta in your favorite recipe.
Posted on: May. 05, 2010