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Basic pappardelle

Basic pappardelle
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

That kids love pasta is one of those parenting truisms that begins as relief (it's easy, it's cheap), quickly graduates to fatigue, and usually culminates in parody. I still remember the Year of the Noodle, in which my daughter ate ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes, plus resting and drying time | Makes about 1 pound of pasta, or 8 (2-ounce) servings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs

Step 1Place the flour and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse about 1 minute until the dough forms a ball. Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and knead it until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Depending on the dampness of the dough, you may need to work in a little additional flour until the dough is smooth, elastic and firm. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic and allow to rest on the countertop for at least half an hour to hydrate the dough. If not making pasta right away, refrigerate the dough until needed, up to 1 day.

Step 2Divide the dough into four equal portions. Taking one portion at a time, flatten the dough and roll it through the pasta machine. Allow each portion to rest on a floured surface while you roll out the others, adjusting the setting on the pasta maker so that the dough thins with each pass. (You will need to make 5 to 7 passes, depending on the machine.) Using a fluted pastry cutter, cut each portion into noodles about 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. The pasta can be cooked immediately or dried overnight.

Note: You will need a pasta maker (hand-cranked or electric) for this recipe, or you can roll out the pasta with a rolling pin. If you (or your kids) wish, you can mix the pasta dough by hand: Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Crack the eggs into the well and mix quickly with a fork, then slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs with a fork or your hands until you have a shaggy dough. Knead the dough until it's soft and pliant, about 5 to 10 minutes, adding more flour if needed. For this recipe, your kids can crank the pasta machine and cut the noodles.

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