I’m going to be honest with all of you – this will be MUCH easier with a pasta roller. I have attempted making pasta by hand and I have neither the patience or skills to make it happen. So I bought the KitchenAid Pasta attachment and it has made a world of difference. No KitchenAid? No problem, get a roller that sits on your counter. You can find them inexpensive and they get the job done too. Either way it’s a heck of a lot easier than rolling out by hand.
Now that all that has been said, let’s dig into the recipe. Me being who I am, I couldn’t just make a simple pasta dough for my first time testing the attachments. No…I said let’s make it green and bought a huge container of basil! This ended up being a pretty fantastic decision, the pasta was better than I could have imagined. Plus with flavored doughs, it means you don’t have to spend extra time on sauce – just add some oil or butter, maybe a little cheese and you’re good to go!
That said, this pasta is mild enough to be paired with a sauce – highly recommend giving it a try with my lemon ricotta sauce.
Easy Basil Garlic Pasta Dough
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 10 large fresh basil leaves
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Add eggs, egg yolks, olive oil, garlic, salt, and basil into either a food processor or blender and blend for about 30 seconds until the basil is completely broken down
If you're using a KitchenAid Attachment:
- Combine flour and egg mixture in the KitchenAid mixer bowl using paddle attachment. Once a dough starts to form, switch to the bread hook and knead for about 6 minutes.
- Form dough into a ball, lightly coat with olive oil then wrap tightly and let rest for at least 30 minutes and no more than 60 minutes
- Once rested, cut ball into four equal pieces. Flatten the first piece into a rectangular shape with your hand then run it through the roller attachment at setting 1 twice. Gradually move up each setting, passing through twice, until you get to setting 6
- From here, I dust the sheet with flour and switch to the cutter attachment. Once cut, either hang noodles to dry or roll into nests for storage. Be sure there is enough flour on them to keep them from sticking
- Repeat with the other dough pieces
If you're using a tabletop pasta roller or doing it by hand:
- Cute into four equal pieces and roll out each pieces to desired consistency either with pasta roller or rolling pin
- Use a pizza cutter to cut even noodles from the sheets of dough – be sure to dust with flour!
- These pasta nests will store for 1-3 days in the fridge or a couple months in the freezer! Remember fresh pasta only takes 2-3 minutes to cook in boiling water so watch it carefully. Enjoy!