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Mario Batali's Basic Pasta Dough

Homemade Pasta
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1 1/4 lbs
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Basic Pasta Dough Recipe: A homemade rendition of a store-bought classic.
  • 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (plus extra for kneading)
  • 5 large Eggs
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  • 1
    3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
    5 large Eggs
    Mound the flour in the center of a large wooden board. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs. Using a fork, beat the eggs together and then begin to incorporate the flour; starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape (do not worry if it looks messy). When half of the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. Start kneading the dough, using primarily the palms of your hands. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, set the dough aside and scrape up and discard any dried bits of dough.
  • 2
    Flour for kneeding
    Lightly flour the board and continue kneading for 10 minutes, dusting the board with additional flour as necessary. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before using.

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