For the pasta
1.5 cups of semolina flour
1.5 cups of ‘00’ flour
4 large eggs
3 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Spaghetti
2 cups of Homemade marinara sauce
2 Tbs of salt
1 Tbs of fresh basil
Mix the dough:
Heap the flour into a pile on the countertop. Create a large well or crater in the center, big enough to hold the eggs and olive oil like bowl. Place the eggs, yolk, olive oil and salt into the well.
Use a fork to whisk together the eggs and oil.
Continue whisking the eggs, but begin pulling in bits of flour from inside the well. Use a stirring motion and go slowly to avoid any eggs breaking through the bowl of flour.
Continue like this until the dough starts to come together and the eggs have been incorporated. The dough will be damp in and chunky in some parts and loose in others, and the mixture will still be quite floury. That’s ok.
Use your hands or a bench scraper to continue bringing the dough together. I scoop the damp and crumbled dough up with my bench scraper and cut it into the rest of the dough.
Knead the dough:
When the dough looks relatively cohesive, but still a bit scraggly, form it into a ball, and knead for 10 minutes against the counter. The dough will be rough at first, but it should begin to tighten up and smooth out as you continue kneading.
If the dough sticks to your hands, dust the countertop with a little more flour. In the end you should have a soft, elastic dough that feels smooth like a baby’s bottom, and isn’t sticky.
Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest on your counter to rest for an hour:
Roll out the pasta:
When the dough has finished resting, shape it into a fat log and cut it into 4 equal sections. Leave one section out and rewrap the others.
Flour your counter well, and use your rolling pin to roll out the dough into a long strip. With each pass as you roll, lift the dough up, re-dust the counter beneath, and flip it over. When you’re finished, you should have a long, thin piece of dough It should be just about paper thin, but strong enough to be lifted off of the countertop
Loosely roll the pasta.
Dust the roll of dough with more flour.
Cut the roll into strips:
Use a very sharp knife or a pizza cutter (wheel) to cut the roll across the folds into thin strips. You can cut the strips as thin or as a thick as you prefer (like thin linguini or like wide fettuccine), but try to stay consistent otherwise the noodles will cook at different rates.
Dry the noodles:
Unroll the bundle of noodles and lay them across your dining room table, or kitchen counter, Let them dry for about 15 minutes.
Continue rolling out and cutting the rest of the pasta.
Use or freeze the noodles:
At this point, the noodles will still be pliable, but dry. They can be used immediately or frozen for later.
If freezing, gather the noodles into several small, loose bundles. Be careful of compressing the noodles too much; it’s fine to just gather them together. Place the noodle nests on a well-floured baking sheet, then freeze. Once frozen, transfer the nests to a large Ziploc bag, and use as needed. Frozen noodles will keep for 9 months
Cook the noodles:
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the salt, Add the fresh or frozen pasta and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until chewy and al dente (taste one of the noodles to check).
Serve with the marinara sauce and your choice of protein. Enjoy!!