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Basic pasta dough (v) (preparation time 1 hour 30 mins, cooking time 3 minutes)

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  • 100g per person Type 00 Farina flour (usually available at delis and some supermarkets

  • 1 egg per person

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil per person

  • pinch of saffron

  • smallest scale semolina for dusting

Here’s what you do:

Step 1 - Place the flour on a worktop and make a will in the centre. Crack the whole eggs into the middle and add the olive oil and saffron.

Step 2 - Using a fork, gradually mix the liquid together and start to incorporate the flour into the mix. During the early stages make sure that you maintain the walls of the flour well or the liquid mix will go everywhere.

Step 3 - Keep on incorporating the flour into the mix until it is one smooth ball of dough. The size of the eggs will determine how much flour the recipe requires, so you may need to add a little more.

Step 4 - Instead of making the dough by hand you can combine the ingredients in a food processor. The liquid should be added gradually so that the mixture does not become too wet.

Step 5 - Knead the dough for a good five to ten minutes to develop the gluten in the flour. I like to knead three times in one direction and then turn the dough 90 degrees and do the same.

Step 6 - The pasta is ready if you stick your thumb into it and rises straight back up. If you have reached this point then the dough needs to be wrapped in cling film and left to rest in the fridge for an hour.

Step 7 - Take the pasta from the fridge and take the cling film off. Place a one person sized piece into a pasta roller on the widest setting. Pass the the pasta through the roller once and then fold the sheet in half and pass it through the roller again. Move the roller onto the next setting and pass the pasta through as a single sheet and then again as a folded sheet. If you are making tagliatelle then you shouldn’t roll the pasta through on the final setting as this will make it too thin.

Step 8 - When you have a finished pasta sheet, dust it with the fine grade semolina. Now is is ready to be put through the tagliatelle or spaghetti part of the roller.

Step 9 - Cook the pasta by placing it in a pot of seasoned boiling water. It should only take about three minutes, but cook to your own taste. Drain and add to the sauce of your choice.

Kitchen implements required:

  • Fork

  • Cling film

  • Pasta roller (I use a branded one from Imperia)

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