Way more delicious than store bought, this easy Homemade Pasta will rock your world! Fresh, golden noodles you can make by hand or using a pasta roller. Such a useful recipe to have in your repertoire.
Pasta From Scratch
Learn how to make perfect pasta from scratch with this simple pasta recipe! Pasta is the foundation of so many amazing Italian dishes, being able to whip up a fresh batch will elevate your weeknight dinners with ease.
Why You’ll Love this Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe:
- EASY HOMEMADE PASTA: Made with kitchen staples, you’ll be amazed at how such a simple recipe yields the most amazing results!
- VEGETARIAN: These yummy noodles can be a simple meal on their own, drizzled with olive oil, or pair with veggies for a hearty vegetarian meal.
- VERSATILE: This homemade pasta can be laminated with herbs for a flavor twist, so good!
Such a simple recipe, even the kids can get involved! You can make all different kinds of pasta shapes once you know how to make the dough yourself.
How to Make Homemade Pasta
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- In a food processor combine your dry and wet ingredients.
- On a clean work surface, knead the dough into a smooth ball.
- Allow dough to rest.
- Roll out your pasta, either by hand or using your pasta machine.
Homemade Pasta Recipe Notes
- Flour: If you have 00 flour (“double O flour”) on hand, it will create an even softer and chewier pasta. If not, all-purpose works too!
- Semolina Flour: A bit larger and more hearty, so it adds a bit more texture to the dough. If you don’t have any, substitute additional all-purpose or 00 flour.
- Salt: Brings out the flavor of the pasta.
- Eggs: Help bring the dough together. The extra egg yolk adds richness and color.
- Olive Oil: Adds great flavor to the pasta dough. Make sure to use a really robust (preferably unfiltered) olive oil.
- Water: Used to bring the dough together if it’s too dry. You shouldn’t need to add more than ¼ cup at the most!
Homemade pasta can be made with nearly any type of flour. Semolina flour is the most traditional and gives pasta a rougher texture, but it can be hard to find in stores. Many stores do carry 00 flour, though, which will yield soft, supple pasta. When in doubt, all-purpose flour works just fine, though. You can also use a mix of any of the above to get your desired texture.
All you really need is your own two hands and a rolling pin. However, making pasta can be extremely time consuming this way, so I recommend using a food processor and a pasta roller to speed up the process.
Yes! Homemade pasta has a texture unlike store-bought, and you can really customize it to get the perfect bite. Experiment with different flours, different pasta shapes, and different add-ins to create a unique pasta your family will love!
Giving the pasta dough time to rest allows the flour to properly hydrate and the gluten network to relax. If you try to roll out your dough right away, it will be too dry and crumbly. It will also be too elastic, so it will spring back every time you try to roll it out.
If your pasta is sticking together, the dough is probably too moist. Add some flour to the dough, then reroll it. Be sure to use plenty of flour to coat the pasta once cut to prevent it from sticking together while it dries and during cooking.
If your pasta is tearing apart, it is either too dry or it needs more time to rest. Let it rest for an additional 5 minutes, then try again. If it is still too crumbly, add a little bit of water and knead until it feels smoother.
Yes! If you do not allow the pasta to dry out slightly before cooking, it will all stick together as soon as it hits the water, leading to unevenly cooked clumps of pasta.
You can have homemade pasta very simply, with garlic and olive oil, or you can amp things up. Here’s some favorites:
Nothing compares to the taste and texture of homemade pasta – especially when it is so easy to make!
- Uncooked Pasta: Allow uncooked pasta to dry for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Cooked Pasta: Store cooked pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Mix with sauce before storing, or toss with olive oil to prevent sticking.
- Uncooked Pasta: Allow uncooked pasta to dry for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before storing. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Allow frozen pasta to thaw for 4-6 hours in the refrigerator before cooking.
- Cooked Pasta: Store cooked pasta in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Mix with sauce before storing, or toss with olive oil to prevent sticking. Allow frozen pasta to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- My favorite way to flavor pasta dough is to laminate it with herbs. Follow the recipe through step 6, except once you have your pasta dough rolled out, place herbs (basil, parsley, sage, thyme, etc) on half of the dough. Fold the other half over the dough and press down to seal. Roll the dough out again until you can see your fingers through it and cut/cook as normal.
- To make colored doughs, I usually opt for either purees or powders! If using a puree, swap the olive oil for 2 tablespoons of puree (spinach, beet, carrot, etc). If using a powder (beet root, pea powder, golden milk), just add 1-2 tablespoons with the dry ingredients!
Pasta can be finicky. The hydration of the dough depends largely on how humid (or dry!) it is in your house. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments on the fly!
- Dough too sticky? Add more flour.
- Dough too dry? Let it rest an extra 5 minutes, then add more water if it still seems dry.
- Cut pasta sticking together? Add more flour and toss to coat. Allow the pasta to dry out for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
More Pasta Recipes We Love
Sometimes the simplest recipes produce the most gorgeous results! You only need 6 ingredients to make this homemade pasta and whether you roll by hand or use a pasta roller, you will not regret adding this classic Italian staple to your cooking repertoire!
More Italian Dinner Recipes to Try:
- Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
- Baked Spaghetti
- Easy Stromboli
- Grandma’s Best Meatballs
- Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Pizza Casserole
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