Good day to you all!
We are fighting against the corona outbreak and let’s not forget we are all in this together. The spread of the corona virus is the most serious global health security threat in decades. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by the outbreak. Kudos to the thousands of healthcare workers who are risking themselves for our safety. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently. Avoid going outside. So while we are all spending our time in self-quarantine, why not learn how to make pasta and that too without a pasta machine. How cool is this? Let’s dive into the recipe then:
- Flour – 100 gm
- Egg – 1 nos
- Salt – a pinch
- Olive oil – 3 tbsp
- Garlic – 15 gm
- Mushroom – 250 gm
- Parsley fresh or dried
- Crushed peppercorns
- On a clean surface, tip the flour like a small hill. Make a hole in the center to add the egg. This is known as making a bay. Now add the egg and the salt to it.
- Start mixing using a fork taking flour from the inner sides. Slowly start kneading the dough. Knead till you get a soft dough. Place in a bowl, cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Knead again and keep aside. Divide the dough into two portions. Cover one and start working with the other one.
- Flour the surface and roll the dough out into a thin rectangular sheet. Roll it as thin as possible, occasionally sprinkling flour in between.
- Now fold the dough sheet one above the other and then cut out long strips using a knife or scraper.
- Sprinkle flour in the pasta to prevent it from sticking.
- Chop the garlic and wash and slice the mushrooms.
- Meanwhile, heat water in a heavy bottomed pan and add some salt and oil to it. Add in the pasta once the water starts to simmer and let it cook till al dente (to bite) or your preferred texture.
- Strain and keep aside.
- Heat some olive oil on a saucepan, add the chopped garlic to it. Once the garlic becomes golden in color, add in the mushrooms.
- Once the moisture released by the mushrooms dries up, add the pasta.
- Add salt and crushed peppercorns. Add the parsley to the pasta. Toss well or just mix well and your pasta is done.
- The aglio refers to garlic and olio refers to olive oil.
- However you can replace the olive oil with butter for aroma and some change.
- You can choose to add any other herbs or omit it altogether.
- If you have a pasta machine, use it to roll the pasta sheet.
- Often I have heard people adding some oil to the pasta after straining to prevent it from sticking or dunking it in water. I do not practice this method, I keep my other ingredients and sauce ready which ensures that I am not coating my pasta with excess oil.