Basic linguine recipe

BASIC LINGUINE RECIPE

Fresh from the garden: eggs

Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Stephanie Alexander in ‘Kitchen Garden Cooking With Kids’

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Our Kitchen Garden students love making pasta! This recipe is just for the dough mixture and you can add whatever sauce you want…

Equipment:

  • Pasta machine
  • Scales
  • Measures – teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Food processor
  • Plastic film
  • Large knife
  • Pastry brush
Ingredients:For the dough:

  • 500g ‘00’ plain flour
  • 5 free-range eggs
  • Cooking salt

What to do:

  • Weigh the flour, then combine it with 1½ teaspoons of salt in the bowl of the food processor. With the motor running, add the eggs. Process for a few minutes until the dough clings together and feels quite springy.
  • Tip the dough onto a clean, dry workbench. Knead the dough for a few minutes, then wrap it in plastic film and let it rest for at least 1 hour at room temperature.

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  • Get an adult to help fix the pasta machine to a suitable bench. Screw the clamp very tightly.
  • Set up your pasta hanging poles, ideally between 2 chairs.
  • Clear a large space on the workbench alongside the pasta machine. All surfaces must be clean and dry. Press the dough into a rectangle about 8 cm wide.
  • Set the rollers on the pasta machine to the widest setting and pass the dough through. The dough will probably look quite ragged at this stage. Fold it in 3, turn it 90 degrees and roll it through again. Go to the next-thickest setting and pass the dough through 3-4 times.
  • Continue in this manner (changing the settings and passing the dough through) until the dough has passed through the second thinnest setting. Don’t use the very thinnest setting, as the dough gets too fine and is hard to manage. If the dough gets too long to handle comfortably, cut it into 2-3 pieces using the large knife, and roll each piece separately.
  • Fix the cutter attachment to the machine and carefully roll the pasta strips into the larger strips for linguine, gently catching them as the come through.
  • Drape the linguine over the hanging poles to dry while you make your sauce.
  • Clean the pasta machine by brushing it down with a dry pastry brush and clear and clean the table.

Notes: Never wash the pasta machine – it will rust! Just brush down with a strong brush to remove the leftover dough.

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