Make fresh pasta with your toddler!

Make fresh pasta with your toddler!

Kids LOVE making fresh pasta. You can use a pasta machine, but honestly, a rolling pin is much easier for young kids to manage. The recipe is as simple as 3 or 4 ingredients and children can help with the kneading and rolling out of the dough and then the adults can do the cutting!
Check out a very simple pasta recipe below and delicious ragu recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm. all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Place flour on a board, and create a well in the middle.
  2. Crack and add 5 of the eggs into the well, add a pinch of salt and the oil to the mix.
  3. Slowly using your fingers to incorporate the eggs into the flour, until it comes together to form a ball. Knead the dough for 3 - 5 minutes, or until dough springs back when pressed with your thumb.
  4. Wrap and allow to rest 1 hour.
  5. Divide the pasta dough into four pieces.
  6. Cover the other pieces and set aside.
  7. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough using a rolling pin until the pasta is around 1.5 mm thick.
  8. Dust the pasta sheet with flour to avoid sticking.
  9. Repeat the process with the other balls of dough.
  10. Allow the pasta sheets to sit for 10 minutes.
  11. Gently roll up each pasta sheet.
  12. With a sharp knife, cut the pasta into ribbons about 8 mm wide.
  13. Unravel the pasta and dust with a little flour.
  14. Follow the ragu recipe above for storage and cooking methods!

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