Whoever said fresh pasta is hard聽work, clearly did not enjoy Play-Doh as a child. We won鈥檛 pretend this is a聽Monday-night-level easy recipe, but it鈥檚 absolutely doable聽for a special occasion like Valentine鈥檚 Day. If you鈥檙e looking for a fun date activity, a delicious dinner AND a cozy night in with your boo,聽I highly recommend this surprisingly simple fresh pasta recipe. And while there鈥檚 no shame in a jar of Prego, we鈥檝e also thrown in a simple, but classic tomato sauce recipe聽to round out the whole 鈥淥MG we聽made that from scratch鈥 sense of accomplishment. Ready to get rolling? So are we.

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

For the pasta

Pasta Making Supplies:

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Instructions:

For the pasta

  1. Crack two full eggs into a bowl. Then separate the yolks from two more聽eggs and聽add just the yolks to the bowl, setting the whites aside.
  2. On a clean countertop, make a large well with the flour and fill the middle with the eggs聽and a pinch of salt.
  3. Carefully whisk the eggs and salt in the middle with a fork, and slowly incorporate the flour into it as you mix. Use your hands to keep the flour well barriers up to prevent the egg from spilling out as you mix.
  4. When almost fully combined (but probably still sticky), knead the dough with your hands and continue adding flour until it is no longer sticky and resembles a smooth (but not cracked) ball of Play-Doh.
  5. Flatten your dough into a one-inch-thick disc, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Skip to the recipe below to get started on the sauce!
  6. When the hour鈥檚 up, unwrap your pasta dough and cut into fourths with a knife. Roll out one quarter at a time with a rolling pin until it forms a wide oval that is about 1/4-inch thick. Wrap the other three quarters of your dough back in plastic wrap so they don鈥檛 dry out while you work with the first fourth.
  7. TECHNIQUE 1 鈥 PASTA ROLLER: You can now feed your 1/4-inch-thick oval through on the widest setting (usually number聽1). Roll it through that setting 2-3 times and then聽roll through once per setting until you reach number 6. Set your flattened pasta sheet aside on a floured surface and repeat with the other three fourths of your dough. Once you have all four sheets ready to go, switch your roller to the spaghetti or fettuccine attachment and feed it through to cut your noodles.
  8. TECHNIQUE 2 鈥 ROLLING PIN: No roller, no problem! Grab your go-to rolling pin (or heck, a wine bottle works), and roll your fourths of dough into long, thin ovals. Keep rolling until your dough is just a couple of millimeters thick (about 10 minutes鈥 time, if you鈥檙e putting some muscle behind it). Then cut your pasta sheets聽lengthwise into noodles (at whatever thickness you鈥檇 like!) using a knife.
  9. Any way you slice it, your noodles will now need a good toss in flour so that they don鈥檛 stick together. Carefully toss with your hands, and once they look lightly聽coated in flour, spread them out onto a floured cookie sheet and either leave on the counter to use immediately or stick in the fridge, uncovered, to use later.
  10. Cook your fresh pasta in boiling water for 5-7 minutes, or until al dente, and then drain before topping with sauce and serving! Makes enough for 3-4 servings of pasta.

Ingredients:

For the classic marinara sauce

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Instructions:

For the marinara

  1. Crush the tomatoes and the juice that comes in the can in a large bowl using a metal spatula or potato masher and set aside.
  2. Peel, crush and mince the garlic (or put it through a garlic crusher) and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet (this will cook faster than in a saucepan), and then add crushed garlic.
  4. When the garlic starts to sizzle, stir in the tomatoes, salt and red chile flakes, and then place a whole sprig of basil on top of the sauce.
  5. Let simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated and the sauce has thickened.
  6. Remove and discard the basil before serving on top of fresh pasta.
  7. Garnish with a fresh sprig of basil and grated Parmesan or fresh mozzarella cheese, as desired.

MAKING THE PASTA DOUGH

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Crack two full eggs into a bowl. Then separate the yolks from two more eggs聽and聽add just the yolks to the bowl, setting the whites aside.

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On a clean countertop, make a large well with the flour and fill the middle with the eggs聽and a pinch of salt. Carefully whisk the eggs and salt in the middle with a fork, and slowly incorporate the flour into it as you mix. Use your hands to keep the flour well barriers up to prevent the egg from spilling out as you mix.

IRL FAIL: Okay guys, I鈥檒l be honest. I let the egg escape from the well! It spilled out onto the counter but I quickly scooped it back up into聽the remaining flour and mixed it up with my hands anyways! So if all egg breaks loose, you鈥檝e still got this!

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When almost fully combined (but probably still sticky), knead the dough with your hands and continue adding flour until it is no longer sticky and resembles a smooth (but not cracked) ball of Play-Doh. Flatten your dough into a one-inch-thick disc, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for one hour.

Grab a glass of wine and chill out for an hour! Or鈥 start preparing聽your sauce with the following recipe for a killer classic marinara!

MAKING THE SAUCE

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Crush the tomatoes and the juice that comes in the can in a large bowl using a metal spatula or potato masher and set aside.

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Peel, crush and mince the garlic (or put it through a garlic crusher) and set aside.

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Heat olive oil in a deep skillet (this will cook faster than in a saucepan), and then add crushed garlic. When the garlic starts to sizzle, stir in the tomatoes, salt and red chile flakes, and then place a whole sprig of basil on top of the sauce. Let simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated and the sauce has thickened. Remove and discard the basil before serving on top of fresh pasta.

ROLLING OUT + CUTTING THE PASTA

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When the hour is up, unwrap your pasta dough and cut into fourths with a knife. Sprinkle with some extra flour so you can work with it without sticking to the counter top.

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Roll out one quarter at a time with a rolling pin until it forms a wide oval that is about 1/4-inch thick. Wrap the other three quarters of your dough back in plastic wrap so they don鈥檛 dry out while you work with the first fourth.

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TECHNIQUE 1 鈥 PASTA ROLLER: You can now feed your 1/4-inch thick oval through on the widest setting (usually number one). Roll it through that setting 2-3 times and then聽roll through once per setting until you reach number six. Set your flattened pasta sheet aside on a floured surface and repeat with the other three fourths of your dough!

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

Once you have all four sheets ready to go, switch your roller to the spaghetti or fettuccine attachment and feed it through to cut your noodles.

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

Check out that beautiful waterfall of carbs!

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TECHNIQUE 2 鈥 ROLLING PIN: No roller, no problem! Grab your go-to rolling pin (or heck, a wine bottle works), and roll your fourths of dough into long, thin ovals. Keep rolling until your dough is just a couple of millimeters thick (about 10 minutes鈥 time, if you鈥檙e putting some muscle behind it).

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Then cut your pasta sheets聽lengthwise into noodles (at whatever thickness you鈥檇 like!) using a knife.

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Any way you slice it, your noodles will now need a good toss in flour so that they don鈥檛 stick together. Carefully toss with your hands, and once they look lightly聽coated in flour, spread them out onto a floured cookie sheet and either leave on the counter to use immediately or stick in the fridge, uncovered, to use later. Covering them will trap moisture and cause them to get sticky and gross, so let 鈥檈m breathe!

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You know what to do! Cook your fresh pasta in boiling water for 5-7 minutes (fresh cooks fast!), or until al dente, and then drain before serving.

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

Top off those noodles with sauce and garnish with a fresh sprig of basil and grated Parmesan or fresh mozzarella cheese, as desired.

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

This pasta makes a seriously fun date night at home聽or fun activity to do with friends or kids.

Valentine's Day Fresh Pasta Recipe

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and dig in!

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