Pasta without fear

Homemade pasta

Don't be intimidated by homemade pasta: Buzz together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 pinch salt and 1 egg to something that looks like yellow Dippin’ Dots. If the dots are small or the dough, when squeezed, doesn’t hang together, buzz in 1 tablespoon water. Press dough into a square, about ½ inch thick, wrap in plastic and let rest at room temperature, 1 hour. Roll out, using a hand-cranked pasta machine: pass once through each setting, from widest to next-to-thinnest. (Alternatively, use a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface.) Roll up the long ribbon of pasta and slice into 4 extremely long 1-inch wide noodles. That’s it!