Homemade spaghetti

Homemade spaghetti is a classic dish that’s both comforting and delicious. Here’s a basic recipe to make spaghetti from scratch:

Ingredients:

For the pasta:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Water, as needed

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Make the pasta dough:
  • On a clean work surface, mound the flour and create a well in the center.
  • Crack the eggs into the well and add the salt.
  • Using a fork, gradually incorporate the flour into the eggs until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. If the dough is too dry, add a little water, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  1. Roll out the pasta:
  • After the dough has rested, divide it into smaller portions.
  • Using a pasta machine or a rolling pin, roll out each portion of dough into thin sheets.
  • Dust the sheets with flour to prevent sticking.
  • Once the dough is rolled out, cut it into thin strips to make spaghetti noodles.
  1. Cook the spaghetti:
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Carefully add the spaghetti noodles to the boiling water and cook them for about 2-3 minutes, or until al dente.
  • Once cooked, drain the spaghetti and set it aside.
  1. Make the sauce:
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and chopped onion to the skillet and sauté until they’re soft and fragrant.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Optionally, add red pepper flakes for some heat.
  • Let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld together.
  1. Serve:
  • Once the sauce is ready, toss the cooked spaghetti with the sauce until it’s well coated.
  • Serve the homemade spaghetti hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired.

Enjoy your delicious homemade spaghetti! Feel free to customize the sauce with your favorite ingredients like ground meat, mushrooms, or bell peppers for added flavor and texture.

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