Homemade pasta is a slow food process. The making of it is methodical and time consuming. But like most repetitive actions it allows the mind the luxury of unfettered imagineering. From kneading the dough into a smooth, fragrant mass to the seven stages of rolling, each of which tempers and softens to create a silky, gossamer pasta - to the final cutting and laying out to dry. Homemade pasta is the embodiment of a labour of love, and a fitting gift for those who are hardest of all to please - parents.
500g grano tenero - literally "tender grain" meaning very finely ground flour 00 gradepinch of salt