Easy pasta and pizza

Last week I was a guest teacher for teen cooking camp on pasta and pizza. It was almost like a summer camp for me, working with kids who like to cook and sharing my passion for food. Amy, my co-teacher, taught an easy way to make pasta, and since she makes pasta every week for her family, I consider her a bit of an expert.

Easy Pasta

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 egg

Pile the flour onto your counter top and make a well in the middle. Break in the egg and use a fork to mix together. It will be messy and it is very likely the most will break, but don’t panic, just continue mixing the flour and egg together.

Once the dough holds together, divide in half and cover one half. Take the second half to your pasta machine and run through 6 times on the 0 setting, folding in thirds after every pass. Then do one pass at each of the remaining settings, 1-9. Now your pasta is ready to cut or shape as desired!

We also made pizza using an easy dough that only needs about 45 minutes to rise. I have been messing around with make ahead and cold rising dough, but this dough would be useful on those days I don’t plan ahead.

Easy Pizza Dough

2 1/4 tsp yeast

2/3 cups warm water, divided

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 TBS olive oil

2 cups white unbleached flour

Mix yeast and 1/3 cup water. Add in sugar, salt and olive oil. Add in remaining water. Add in flour and mix until dough comes together. Dump out dough onto counter and knead for about 5 minutes, until dough is smooth.

Clean out bowl, add a little olive oil and put dough back in to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

Our group experimented with substituting 1/2 cup of the regular flour for bread flour, 00 flour and cornflour. We had the best results with the bread flour and 00 flour.