This is a simple, no-frills recipe for pasta dough. It is easiest made in a stand-up mixer, but can also be made by hand. If you are so inclined, you can also add chopped herbs or other spices to make flavored pasta.
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- warm water
- In the bowl of the stand-up mixer with a hook attachment, combine flour, egg yolks, oil, and salt on the lowest-speed setting.
- While mixing, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until a dough ball forms. You will probably need somewhere between 1/3 and 2/3 cups of water. You don’t want the dough to be smooth and not sticky. If you add too much water, don’t worry! — just sprinkle in some more flour.
- Remove the dough from the mixer and knead on a floured surface for 8-10 minutes.
- Let the dough rest in a covered, lightly floured bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using. If you’d like to store the dough longer, wet the surface with a small amount of olive oil and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Makes slightly over 1 pound of dough.