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Basic Pasta Dough

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 60 | Cook Time


3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Mound 3 1/2 cups of the flour in the center of a large wooden cutting board. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs and the olive oil. Using a fork beat together the eggs and oil and begin to incorporate the flour, starting with the inner rim of the well.

As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up from the base of the mound to retain the well shape. The dough will come together when half of the flour is incorporated.

Start kneading the dough with both hands, using the palms of your hands. Once you have a cohesive mass, remove the dough from the board and scrape up and discard any leftover bits. Lightly re-flour the board and continue kneading for 6 more minutes. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow to rest for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

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From Mario Batali. Finally worked out that he calls for extra large eggs. In my most recent batch, that meant 8 US AA Large Eggs for the amount of flour given. We use this to make our traditional Christmas Lasagna evert year.

I really enjoyed watching your video. I love making my own pasta, just wish I hadn't given my pasta maker thing like you use away. Sigh. Your dough did look absolutely perfect.

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