We love pasta. It’s just a fact. Yes, all carbs, in fact, are good friends of ours. While boxed pasta is easy and convenient for a quick weeknight dinner, sometimes we like to try our hand at making pasta ourselves from scratch! It’s actually easier than you might think, so don’t be intimidated! It really is just making and shaping dough, after all. Below we have a good dough recipe and four ideas for how you can transform it into a delicious dinner for a special occasion!
There are quite a few different recipes out there for homemade pasta, but we like to stick with something simple. Mix four cups of flour, four egg yolks + 1 whole egg, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a dash of salt. Once combined, wrap the dough up in plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour before rolling it out.
Pasta #1: Castellane
This is such a fun pasta shape, don’t you think? Start out by rolling your dough about a half-inch thick. Cut into rectangles and set aside. Line up toothpicks and tape together at one end to keep them in place.
Then, take your dough rectangles and roll them over the toothpicks, rounding each piece out slightly before moving on to the next piece. Let the pasta dry out for about a day before using.
Pasta #2: Farfalle
Here’s a crowd favorite – farfalle, aka: bowtie pasta. Roll out your dough into a thin, even layer and cut squares.
Use a fork on the ends of the square to make little ridges. Fold in each side of the square in the middle and pinch together. Let the little bowties dry out for about a day before using.
Pasta #3: Tagliatelle
Perfect for pesto sauce or alfredo sauce, tagliatelle pasta is thick and soaks up all the flavors of whatever sauce you use. Start out by rolling out your dough into a thin layer, and then roll up the dough into a log of sorts.
Cut the log and to half-inch thick slices and then roll out each piece. Hang up the long strips of pasta and let dry out before using.
Pasta #4: Ravioli
Who doesn’t love ravioli? This one is so easy to make, and there’s no drying required! Divide your dough in half, and roll out each section into a thin layer. On one layer, distribute your filling – ricotta cheese, meat sauce, whatever you want.
Then, brush on an egg yolk wask around the dollps of filling, and press the second layer of dough on top. Cut into little pillows and press the ends together with a fork!