Monday, 20 June 2016

Plastic free pasta

I love pasta, and while I can buy dried pasta in bulk and therefore avoid the plastic packaging, I don't like the taste. It can ruin a lovingly cooked sauce. Really, fresh pasta is the only way if you are an Italian food enthusiast, but it is impossible to buy sans plastic.

With the purchase of a rolling pin, I have now turned my hand to making pasta. It is very straight forward. Here's how:
A completely plastic-free meal, with
home-made bread, pesto and pasta.
Delicious and easy!
1. Whisk 2 cups of flour with ½ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. 
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add three large eggs and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
3. Once the dough becomes too thick to whisk with a fork, turn it out onto a clean work surface, along with any leftover flour from the bowl. Knead the dough and remaining flour until you’ve got a smooth, stiff ball of dough.
4. Cover the dough (I cover with waxed cloth) and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
5.Divide the dough into four portions.
6. Take one portion and roll as thin as you can in a rectangular shape. You will need plenty of extra flour.
7. Fold the dough loosely over itself several times (almost as if you are rolling it into a wide ball). Cut the ball into thin strips and shake out so that the strips are at their entire length.
8. Repeat for remaining three portions.
9. Cook in boiling water for several minutes until al dente.