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Ethan's Homemade Spelt Pasta

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

"I like to use spelt flour and OO flour instead of just spelt."

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups whole spelt flour (10 ounces)

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3-6 tablespoons water

METHOD

  1. Make a mound of flour and sprinkle the salt across the top. Use a spoon to create a well in the center of the mound.

  2. In a liquid measuring cup, lightly whisk together the eggs, olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture into the well. Using a fork and a circular motion, gently incorporate the flour starting from the center and working outwards until all of the flour is incorporated. Knead the dough with your hands, adding more water 1 tablespoon at a time if necessary, until you can form a soft ball of dough. Continue to knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and flexible. Form the dough into a ball and cover with a glass bowl or plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest and relax for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.

  3. Secure pasta machine to the edge of a countertop. Divide dough into quarters. Take one of the quarters and keep the remaining three quarters covered. Flatten and shape the piece of dough into a rough rectangle. Start with the rollers on the thickest setting (this is #1 on my pasta machine) and roll the dough through the machine. Fold the dough into thirds towards the center of the rectangle. Roll the dough through the machine again starting with the open end of the dough. Fold and repeat once more. Continue rolling the pasta through the machine, gradually adjusting to the thinner settings. I like to roll the dough twice through at each setting and I stop at #4 on my pasta machine. After #3, the dough becomes quite long and I cut the dough in half to make the length more manageable.

  4. Choose the size noodles you would like from the opposite side of the pasta machine and roll the thin sheets of pasta through the machine to cut into noodles. Allow pasta to dry on a pasta rack.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the remaining quarters of dough.

  6. To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and stir immediately to avoid sticking. Boil 2-4 minutes, until pasta floats to the top and is tender.

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