This is a general recipe for the brown wheat flours: whole wheat, spelt or farro — the last two are older varieties of wheat that can be found in a health food store. Farro flour can be hard to find, by you can buy farro flour online from my friend Scott over at Sausage Debauchery.
The point of this kind of pasta is to be rustic and earthy: Bigger shapes, thicker ribbons, chunkier sauces and heartier accompaniments.
Farro is the best of the three choices here, as it is just the essence of wheat — a lovely aroma and pretty coffee-and-cream color. Spelt is nearly as good, but is slightly more metallic-tasting. Whole wheat flour is the fall-back, although freshly ground whole wheat flour is excellent.
Let this dough rest a long time — two hours minimum — so the grain can absorb the liquid properly.
Makes enough for 4 as a main course, 6 as a pasta course
- 10 ounces, or about 1 1/2 cups, farro, spelt or whole wheat flour
- 3 ounces, or about 1/2 cup, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Whites from 3 large duck eggs or 4 chicken eggs
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- Pinch of salt
- Whisk together flours and salt and pour into a large bowl. Make a well at the center.
- Whisk together the egg whites, water and olive oil and pour into the well. Mix together by hand, and when the dough comes together begin kneading — if you suspect the dough may be too dry, add a smidge of water. Use extra flour if it is too wet.
- Knead for a good 8-10 minutes.
- Wrap in plastic and set aside to rest for 1-2 hours, or up to 24 hours in the fridge.
- Roll out pasta to whatever shape you want.