Pasta is the ultimate comfort food: whether dressed simply with garlic-infused olive oil and red pepper, or slathered in a rich, tomato-cream sauce with basil and oregano, there are few who can resist its delectable culinary charms. And once you’ve tried freshly-made pasta, you’ll think twice about buying the dry, boxed variety. Here, we give top tips for making the best fresh pasta at home.
Fresh Pasta Secrets
How to cook fresh pasta so it’s perfect every time!
Simmer (don’t boil) stuffed pasta such as ravioli as it’s more delicate and prone to breaking open during cooking. Stir pasta occasionally while cooking so it doesn’t stick together. Avoid adding oil to the water, as this will only make for greasy pasta.
Cook fresh pasta noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water for about 2 to 3 minutes. Taste the pasta with a fork near the end of cooking time to get the texture you want (al dente is ideal). Keep an eye on the stove, as fresh pasta cooks quickly! Drain in a colander once it’s done; no need to rinse.
Invest in a pasta maker if you plan to make fresh pasta at home from scratch. While not a must-have (you can also hand-cut the dough), a pasta maker can help save time in the kitchen. For one pound of pasta dough, you’ll need 2 1⁄4 cups (560 mL) of all-purpose flour and three eggs.