Santa brought Babs a pasta machine on Christmas day which was
a lovely surprise! Having triumphed in making pasta by hand this
was going to make pasta cook nights so much easier and give more
time for wine!
So our basic pasta recipe (serves 4): 16oz Pasta Flour; 3 large
fresh eggs; pinch of salt. That's it. Put the flour onto a worksurface
and make a well in the middle, break in the eggs and cover the
yolks with a good pinch of salt. Gently bring the mixture together
using a fork and working from the inside out. Once it comes together,
knead vigorously for 15 mins before leaving to rest for 20 mins
wrapped in cling film in the fridge. However, if you have a pasta
machine, just knead for a few minutes before resting and passing
it through the machine a few times will do the same job.
We then used the tagliatelle setting for perfect strips of pasta.
Santa even gave Babs a pasta drier (and assembled it!) for us
to hang our fabby creations on. He really earned his cookie and
glass of milk!!
Arms tired from all that handle turning led us to just simply
boil the pasta for a few minutes before draining and tossing together
with soft cheese and smoked salmon flakes.