Process. I value how my products are made. I love the idea of giving my customers something that takes time and thought to make, something that is unique and not mass produced.
At home, my wife, Antoinette, shares the same values. She loves to cook and she loves making foods from scratch. "Cooking from scratch" is cooking without using premixed ingredients. There used to be a time, when all Americans cooked this way and using preprepared foods, or "ready-made foods", was new and different. Although, cooking from scratch takes a long time, it helps us take notice of what goes into our foods and it really brings us together.
Antoinette and I thought it would be a great idea to share a very simple recipe for something we all buy ready-made: Pasta. I love it when Antoinette makes her pasta from scratch. I hope your family enjoys her recipe as much as I do.
2 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
Makes 1 pound of pasta
Make a well with the flour. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour the beaten eggs into the well. Mix the flour into the eggs.
Knead the flour and egg mixture with your hands as it starts to look like dough. Continue kneading the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest for approximately half an hour. (This is a great time to think about what shape you would like to make you pasta. Antoinette would like to make ravioli tonight, so she prepared a ravioli filling and a pasta sauce.)
Shape the pasta. Antoinette uses her pasta machine to make the dough flat. If you do not have a pasta machine, a rolling pin will do the job.
Just make sure to make your pasta is very thin. Fill, cut and shape your pasta.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Put in your pasta. Your pasta will cook between 4 to 12 minutes depending on its thickness. Don't be afraid to try it as it cooks. Your pasta will start to expand.
Serve your pasta with your favorite sauce and enjoy!