Recipe courtesy of
Episode: Comfort
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups "00" flour, plus extra for dusting, available at specialty food shops and online
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, to serve

Directions

Clean and dry a few coat hangers to dry the pasta on. Into the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, eggs, oil, and black pepper. Process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Put the mixture onto your work surface and knead it lightly for a few minutes until it is smooth. It should be quite stiff. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. To make in a pasta machine: Take a quarter of the pasta and pat it into a flat rectangle with your hands. Feed it through the widest setting on the pasta machine. Fold that piece in thirds into a rectangle shape and feed it through again. After you have fed it through on the initial setting, there is no need to keep folding it, just keep feeding it through, making the setting narrower each time. If the pasta rips while using the pasta machine, don't worry, just fold it back into a rectangle and feed it through the widest setting again. A rip may mean that there is an obstruction in the pasta machine between the rollers. If that is the case, just open the machine to the widest setting and let whatever was stuck in there fall out. If the pasta sticks to the machine, just flour the machine a little to help ease the pasta through. When you have fed the pasta through on the narrowest setting, sprinkle the top with a little flour and fold it in half, short end to short end, then again, and again and again until you have a smaller rectangle. With the folded edge facing you, cut vertical strips about 1/2-inch wide along the width of the pasta, then carefully take one strip, unfold it completely and hang it on the coat hanger. Repeat with the rest of the pasta, using a quarter piece of the dough each time. To make the pasta by hand: Dust the work surface very lightly with flour. Take a quarter of the dough and put it on the work surface. Pat the dough with your hands into a flat rectangle. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll it out until it is a very long and thin rectangle. My rectangle was 5 to 6 inches wide and very, very long. The pasta is ready when it is so thin that if you lift it up and put your hand behind it, you can see your hand through it. Sprinkle the top with a little flour and fold it in half, short end to short end, then again, and again and again until you have a smaller rectangle. With the folded edge facing you, cut vertical strips about 1/2-inch wide along the width of the pasta, then carefully take one strip, unfold it completely and hang it on the coat hanger. Repeat with the rest of the pasta, using a quarter piece of the dough each time. Once all of the pasta is hung, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, in one or two batches depending on how big your pan is, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the pasta is just cooked through. Using a pair of tongs, remove the pasta from the pan and, drain in a colander. If cooking the pasta in batches keep the first batch warm while cooking the rest. Once all the pasta is cooked and drained, drizzle with some of the olive oil, sprinkle a few basil leaves over the top and serve immediately. This is delicious used in the Creamy Pancetta Sauce with Mushrooms and Parmesan.

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Black Sesame Sweet Tofu

Recipe courtesy of Kyotofu

Black Pepper Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali

Black Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali

Black Pepper Mango Sorbet

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Emeril's Florida

2:30pm | 1:30c

Cheap Eats

6pm | 5c

Cheap Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Cheap Eats

7pm | 6c

Cheap Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cheap Eats

8pm | 7c

Cheap Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Cheap Eats

9pm | 8c

Cheap Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12am | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Cheap Eats

1am | 12c

Cheap Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

Cheap Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c