Have you suddenly found yourself on a cooking or baking binge? Well, we at the Clog have the perfect pasta recipe for you. No random urge to become a professional at-home chef is complete without making your own pasta dish from scratch (no pasta-cutting machine necessary). If you’re looking for the perfect recipe that takes less than an hour of work, keep reading!
- About 2-3 cups of flour
- 3 eggs
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Dash of olive oil
- Dash of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder
- ¼ cup of Parmesan
- 1 ½ cups of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
Start by dumping about 2 to 3 cups of flour on a clean surface. Press down the center of your flour mound until it looks almost like a volcano. Crack your eggs into the depressed center of your “volcano.” Dash a few pinches of salt and a few swishes of olive oil on top of the eggs.
Grab a fork and start mixing the eggs. Gradually add in the flour surrounding the eggs until it takes more of a structured form. Once it does, grab the pasta dough with your hands and knead it into the rest of the flour until you have most of the flour added in your dough. Keep kneading the dough for 10 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity for an arm workout!
Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and set it aside to rest for 30 minutes. Go watch an episode of your favorite cartoon, and when you come back, take the dough out of the plastic wrap and cut it into two pieces — next, flour one piece of the dough, your work surface and a rolling pin. For the next part of your arm workout, roll out the dough. Start by rolling it until it’s flat, then fold the bottom third of the dough up to about halfway and roll the top third of the dough down to meet the other piece. Roll out this folded dough so the folded parts blend into the dough. Repeat this folding process two more times.
If you want thick noodles, stop rolling out the dough when you desire, but if you want them thinner, keep rolling out the dough. Your dough needs to be a rectangle, so cut off any extraneous parts. Position the dough so that the longer sides are horizontal to you, and the shorter ends are vertical. Fold the longer part over on itself until you can see all its layers from the side. It should be shaped like a hot dog. Cut this “hot dog” into small pieces, about a quarter of an inch thick.
Unravel these cut-up pieces and cover them with flour. Congrats, you just made your noodles!
To make it easier, measure out all the ingredients for the sauce and lay them out next to you. Place a pan on the stove, bring it to medium heat and add 1 cup of heavy cream and your butter. Stir for about 15 minutes until the mixture gets thicker. Then add ½ cup of heavy cream and stir more. Add the salt and ground black pepper and stir until the salt dissolves. Set aside for now.
Place a pot on the stove, fill it with water and set the stove to medium-high heat. Add some salt to the water. When the water is boiling, add your pasta to the hot water. The pasta is fully cooked when it starts to float.
When the pasta floats, remove it from the pot and place it in the pan with the sauce. Bring this pan to medium heat. Add your grated Parmesan cheese and take ¼ cup of pasta water to add to the sauce. Grate a little bit of nutmeg on top of this concoction or, if you couldn’t find any, some ground nutmeg powder will do. Stir the pasta and sauce until the Parmesan cheese melts.
This might seem like a lot, but it only takes less than an hour, and you will be so proud of yourself afterward! Making this pasta could also be a cute date or a fun activity with friends. Buon appetito, Bears!