So I'm not even close to Italian, however I'm am proudly a quarter Polish and German. But one thing we do have in common is pasta. Now our versions aren't as fancy, and usually contain sour cream, but when making pasta you will usually have basic, simple, ingredients and about anything can be added in their variation.
The one recipe I have used in the past seems to be one of those never fail, no matter how much you don't cook, kind of recipes.
BTW, big thanks to Bigoven.com for the help too.
So say you want to make ravioli for dinner. Awesome.
Well buying the frozen version can be good, sometimes. But what about those times you just want something a little more fresh.
Use this pasta recipe. Trust me...
What you'll need:
-1/4 tsp Salt (Sea Salt is best)
-1 cup lukewarm water (set aside)
In a bowl, or a well floured surface, pour 1 cup flour and salt and blend together with your hands. Once mixed, make a well in the middle of your flour pile. Crack one egg into the well. Using your hands mix the egg and flour mixture together until dough is stiff, but pliable. If necessary add a teaspoon or two of water and knead until blended.
On a well floured surface lay out your ball of dough. Cut off a small section and with a floured rolling pin start rolling out the section until the thickness desired. You can also use a pasta attachment on your mixer if you have one.
Once rolled cut to preference and layout to dry.
I usually make a Pork, Rosemary, and Parmesan filler but you can pretty much put anything you want into ravioli, or cut the pasta to length and just cook the pasta by itself.
Cook time will vary on thickness but you'll want to cook in boiling, lightly salted, water for about 8 to 10 minutes. Then drain and enjoy!
Hope this helps some of those out there who are craving some of that homemade pasta goodness.
And don't forget to have fun!