Homemade Pasta

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Homemade Pasta – Make fresh pasta at home with just 3 ingredients! It is so much easier than you think and it is the most tender and delicious pasta you will ever have.

There is just something about making fresh pasta at home. Obviously it is over the top delicious and so much better than any of the dried stuff you can buy at the store. But once you are done, you realize just how easy it was and wonder why you don’t do it more often!

We first started making fresh pasta right out of college, and have not turned back! Don’t get me wrong, we use plenty of dried pasta, but special occasions definitely call for homemade.

cut pasta on a baking sheet

 

A few years ago when we were in Italy I took an all day cooking class with Italian chefs. I learned how to make pasta with your hands, rolling it out with a long rolling pin, and then cutting and even filling little tortellini. It was an epic day I will never forget.

After we got home, I made pasta that way a few times, but I really like using the food processor to make it quicker, easier, less messy, and just more do-able. So if you have ever been intimidated, this is the method to try!

pasta dough ingredients in food processor

What You’ll Need

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Water

Flour is the key ingredient in a tender pasta. In Italy they use “00” flour, which can be a little hard to come by in the United States. We actually brought a bag of flour back after our trip. But you know what? All-purpose flour works just fine! You will still get a perfectly tender and chewy noodle when you use all-purpose flour. So if your store doesn’t carry “00” flour, don’t spend an arm and a leg ordering it from a specialty store, just use what you have.

close up fresh cut pasta on a baking sheet

How To Make Homemade Pasta

  1. Add your flour to a food processor and pulse a few times to get the flour nice and fine and get rid of any lumps.
  2. Crack in your eggs and pulse for about 30 seconds. You want the mixture to start to come together in a loose dough.
  3. Through the top of the food processor, add water, only 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture forms a ball. You have to be careful not to add too much water, or your dough will be too wet. So take your time and keep an eye on it.
ball of pasta dough in food processor
  1. Remove the dough from the food processor and knead for 1-2 minutes on a clean and dry surface, until it is nice and smooth.
smooth kneaded ball of pasta dough on the counter
  1. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  2. When you are ready to make your pasta gently flatten the ball of dough, and divide it into 2 pieces.
  3. Put it through your pasta roller at the widest setting. Fold the 2 ends of the pasta into the center, and place through the roller again. Repeat this step 2 more times.
folding pasta dough into the center over each other after it is rolled
  1. Move the pasta roller to the next setting, and continue to place the pasta through the roller, folding in half, and rolling 2 more times at each setting.
putting pasta dough through the roller
  1. Once you can see the outline of your hand through the dough, you have it thin enough and can cut into your desired. shape.
cutting pasta with the pasta cutter
  1. Then you are ready to cook. The pasta only takes 2-3 minutes to cook in boiling water. Then serve however you want!

Homemade Pasta Serving Suggestions

If you have ever had homemade pasta you know just how good it is. I know they sell those fresh pastas in the grocery store, but this is so much better! I like to really let the pasta shine, but you can really use it any way you would normally use pasta.

close up homemade pasta for pinterest
square close up fresh cut pasta on a baking sheet
4.75 from 4 votes

Homemade Pasta

By Erin
Homemade Pasta – Make fresh pasta at home with just 3 ingredients! It is so much easier than you think and it is the most tender and delicious pasta you will ever have.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 10 ounces flour
  • 3 whole large eggs
  • Water

Instructions 

  • Add your flour to a food processor and pulse a few times to get the flour nice and fine and get rid of any lumps.
  • Crack in your eggs and pulse for about 30 seconds. You want the mixture to start to come together in a loose dough.
  • Through the top of the food processor, add water, only 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture forms a ball. You have to be careful not to add too much water, or your dough will be too wet. So take your time and keep an eye on it.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and knead for 1-2 minutes on a clean and dry surface, until it is nice and smooth.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes.
  • When you are ready to make your pasta, remove it from the fridge and gently flatten the ball of dough and divide in half.
  • Put it through your pasta roller at the widest setting. Fold the 2 ends of the pasta into the center and then in half. Place through the roller again. Repeat this step 2 more times.
  • Move the pasta roller to the next setting, and continue to place the pasta through the roller, folding in half, and rolling 2 more times at each setting.
  • Once you can see the outline of your hand through the dough, you have it thin enough and can cut into your desired. shape.
  • Then you are ready to cook. The pasta only takes 2-3 minutes to cook in boiling water. Then serve however you want!

Notes

From Cook’s Illustrated

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 312
Keyword: Homemade Pasta
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27 Comments

  1. What a wonderful mothers day you had! Love the idea that you made your own pasta – it just tastes so much better and such a treat!!!

  2. I have always dreamed about making fresh pasta. This looks delicious. I think a pasta roller will be my next foodie gift.

  3. I love hearing kids making effort to make their mom happy. So cute!!! Your son did a wonderful job making you happy too! And the homemade pasta? Wow… I wonder if I ever push myself to make one… =P

  4. One of my goals this year is to try making homemade pasta! Let’s see if I can get myself to do exactly that! LOL! Lovely pasta!