Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. Pasta can be divided into two different categories: fresh and dried pasta. Traditionally fresh pasta was produced by hand with with the aid of very simple pasta machines, but today fresh pasta that can be purchased in the grocery stores are produced by large-scale machines. Today we will be making fresh pasta with the aid of a smile pasta machine. On to cooking!
- Sift together all the flour and the pinch of salt. On a clean surface, make a mountain out of flour mixture then make a deep well in the center.
- Break eggs into the well and add the olive oil. Whisk the eggs very gently with a fork, gradually incorporating flour from the sides of the well. When the mixture becomes too thick to mix with the fork, begin kneading with your hands.
- Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth. Dust the dough and work the surface with semolina as needed to keep the sough from becoming too sticky.
- Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest at the room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
- Roll out the dough with the pasta machine until the desired thickness is reached. Cut into your favorite style of noodle.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook the pasta until tender but not too mushy (1-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the pasta). Drain immediately and serve with your favorite sauce.