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This is fun to make with kids, frugal, and makes an excellent party dish.
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 ounces squid ink
Do not have kids wear anything irreplaceable during this process. Its quite messy.
Mound the flour in the center of a nice big counter top space. Make a well in the middle of the flour, then add the eggs and squid ink. Using a fork, beat together the eggs and ink and start to add the flour starting with the inner rim of the well. As you add the eggs, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape. This is a good job for a small kitchen helper. The dough will come together when about half of the flour is successfully added.
Start kneading the dough with both hands. Mostly using the palms of your hands, or those of the small helper. Add more flour, in 1/2-cup increments, if the dough is too sticky. Once the dough is coming together well, remove the dough from the counter. Lightly flour the counter and continue kneading for 3 more minutes. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Continue to knead for another 3 minutes, remembering to dust with flour when necessary.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside for 20 minutes at room temperature. Roll using a pasta machine, starting thicker and getting it as thin as you want. We prefer to shape them like fettuccine, long flat noodles, because those are the easiest to make and the most fun.