I recently had the pleasure of learning how to make pasta from two lovely Italians Filomena and Roberta. (Editor’s note: Roberta is the owner and cook behind the La Forcola pasta mentioned in a Small Bites awhile back. A-mazing stuff!) I also attempted my first video ever!!! I admit that it is a bit rough (why didn’t I use a tripod?!) but it is a first effort so hooray for me!

Fresh Pasta with Fresh Basil

Fresh Pasta with Fresh Basil

Pasta is incredibly simple to make, with only three ingredients: flour, eggs, and olive oil (and maybe a bit of water if you pasta dough is too dry).   But there is a lot of mixing, pressing, mixing, drying, slicing, etc. so if this isn’t your cup of tea you can skip straight to the good stuff and buy La Forcola homemade pasta directly from Roberta Adams at many of the North Alabama farmers’ markets.

The three ingredients on the left make the delicious pasta on the right!

The three ingredients on the left make the delicious pasta on the right!

Fresh Pasta

4 cups of flour 

4 eggs

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Combine the flour and eggs and mix together.  Add olive oil. Knead the dough until it is smooth.  If the dough is too dry and crumbles, add a bit of water; if the dough is too wet and sticks to your hands add a bit of flour.  After kneading let dough rest for 30 minutes.  Cut dough into 8 slices and flatten in a pasta maker.  Fold the flattened dough in half and put through the pasta maker again.  Repeat this step until the dough is smooth and the width of your desired pasta.  Slice pasta with pasta maker and let pasta dry for 15 or 20 minutes.  Boil fresh pasta in water with olive oil and salt for 5 or 6 minutes.   Drain and add your favorite pesto.

Sarah Belanger

Sarah works as a photographer and writer in North Alabama and has photographed for numerous national brands including Southern Living and Cooking Light. She also writes for several local magazines including No’Ala Magazine and Huntsville Event Magazine. See more of her work at S. Belanger Photography and keep up with her adventures at The Jealous Crumpet.