Making homemade fettuccine may seem like a daunting task but with a simple recipe, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you’ll be twirling freshly cooked, homemade fettuccine around your fork in no time!
*(Note: for best results we recommend using a machine but you can hand roll it).
The three key ingredients to fresh, homemade pasta are simple. Flour, eggs, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a dash of water.
Either let a dough hook on your stand mixer do the kneading or turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Let the dough rest for around 5 to 10 minutes.
Why is it important to let it rest? Resting the dough gives the gluten in the dough the opportunity to relax. This makes it easier to roll out, either by hand or by using a machine.
Divide dough into 4 balls and use a pasta machine to roll and then cut dough into desired pasta shape.
You can make pasta without a machine, it just requires a little more effort. Roll out the dough until paper thin.
Using a rolling pin will get the dough rolled out as thin as a machine will – it’ll just take a little more time to get there.
Take each of the balls and flatten it with your hands. Next, guide it through the machine, turning the handle at a steady rate.
Run the pasta through twice and then fold the piece in from either side on the long edges, as below.
Then run the dough through again, or as many times as necessary until you achieve your desired thickness. Then dust with flour and fold in half to rest.
The more you roll out the dough the longer the sheet and the longer your fettuccine will be. After you’ve let the dough rest (for at least 15 minutes) use the pasta machine to cut the dough into the desired shape, or if you don’t have a machine use a knife to cut the dough into noodles.
If you find the noodles are sticking together you may need to add more flour.
Let your pasta rest again to dry, for between 15 to 30 minutes. There are lots of way to dry fettuccine. You can use a baking tray lined with baking paper and dusted with flour, or hang over the back of a chair.
When you just can’t wait any longer it’s time to cook! Cooking time is 4 to 6 minutes in boiling water.