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Fresh Pappardelle
© Christina Holmes

Fresh Pappardelle

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 3/4 pound of pasta
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Justin Smillie is known for the spectacular fresh pastas he makes at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, such as the pappardelle here. The chewy texture and wide ribbon shape of pappardelle make it an ideal match for hearty sauces like his chicken thigh ragù.

  1. 1 1/2 cups 00 flour, sifted (see Note)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 3 large egg yolks
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. Semolina flour, for dusting
  1. In a food processor, pulse the 00 flour with the salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the whole eggs and 2 tablespoons of water. Add the eggs to the flour and pulse until the dough just comes together. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and work with 1 piece at a time, keeping the rest covered. Press the dough to flatten it slightly. Using a pasta machine set at the widest setting, run the dough through successively narrower settings until you reach the thinnest one. Cut the pasta sheet into 10-inch lengths, lay them on a lightly floured work surface and generously dust with semolina. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  3. Fold the pasta sheets in half lengthwise, then, using a very sharp knife, cut them into scant 3/4-inch-wide ribbons. Transfer the pappardelle to a large baking sheet and dust with more semolina. Let the pappardelle stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking in salted boiling water until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes.
Notes Doppio zero (“double zero,” or 00) flour is a fine Italian flour available at specialty food shops and amazon.com.
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