I was studying for my favorite GMAT (if you want to discuss GMAT, please PM me), and I decided to take a break and make pasta! I know that seems random, but I just couldn't do any more problems until I made some pasta first. And yes, I am always thinking about food and what to make next!
I didn't have a pasta maker at the time, so I decided to go old school and roll out my dough. The portion is simple, 3 eggs to 2 cups of flour. I mixed it in a bowl to begin with so it doesn't get all over the place. As your mixing, if its too dry, add some water or olive oil. If the dough is too wet, add some more flour. Mix, mix, mix, soon the dough will start coming together and you form it into a ball. I sprinkled some flour on my dough and wrapped it up because the dough needs to rest. Apparently the gluten needs to relax and so do my arms. I just left my dough on the counter.
After about 30 minutes, you'll notice the dough is much softer. Usually, people cut this dough into four portions, but I was trying to eat less, so I cut it into six. I mean I still ended up eating a ton, but cutting it into six portions made it easier for me to roll. For people who have pasta machines, I also noticed that a smaller size is easier to put through the machine. So now you roll, roll, roll! OH, don't forget to wrap up the 5 other dough pieces so they do not dry out! I rolled it to basically as thin as I could get it. One technique I saw on youtube was to try to blow some air between the pasta sheet and the table. If your pasta sheet flutters, then you're good!
Now for the fun part! You can make so many different kinds of pastas just depending on how you cut the sheets. You can make fettuccine, angel hair, lasagna sheets, bowtie, ravioli, I tried to make a mini orecchiette. Possibilities are endless! I encourage you to watch youtube and learn more.
I cooked down some tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions and used that as the base for my pasta. I added some fresh basil and oregano. Easy, delicious AND vegetarian of course :)! Enjoy your pasta!