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A few years ago, my husband gave me a KitchenAid Pasta Machine, and I was so excited to use it. I studied lots of recipes both online and in books and came up with the following recipe for Homemade Pasta. It’s perfect for making your own homemade linguine, lasagna, ravioli, or even spaghetti. 

Drying the homemade pasta

(Post modified with new photos on 8/11/23.)

If you’ve never made homemade pasta, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s much more tender and flavorful than dried pasta that you purchase at the store. Plus, it doesn’t take very long to make or cook, especially once you have the hang of it.

 

Learning to Make Pasta

I have never been to Italy, nor have I had the pleasure of taking a pasta-making course. And I didn’t grow up with a grandmother to teach me her wonderful Italian recipes, simply because there is not a drop of Italian blood in me.

Favorite Italian and Pasta Cookbooks

However, like many Americans, I am obsessed with making (and eating) Italian food. Fortunately, there are lots of books that teach the ins and outs of making pasta. I adore reading classic Italian cookbooks by Lidia Bastianich and Marcella Hazan, as well as specific pasta cookbooks like Making Artisan Pasta, or Mastering Pasta.

And there are even more pasta recipes online to experiment with that include flavored doughs (Spinach, Saffron, Beet, Tomato, Herb), to stuffed pastas such as Ravioli and Tortellini, or even shaped pasta like Penne, Ziti, Farfalle, or Orecchiette. Here are a few of my favorite sites on the web: The Pasta Project, Homemade Pasta by Spoon, Fork, Bacon, Homemade Pasta by Garden Betty, and Pasta Grannies. 

Drain Pasta and Mix Pesto Into the Pasta

 

This recipe is a simple, plain pasta that works great when making linguine, fettuccine, lasagna, ravioli, pappardelle, or spaghetti.

 

 

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Pasta

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • Italian 00 flour
  • Semolina flour
  • kosher salt
  • large eggs
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • drops of water, if necessary

 

 

Buying Pasta Flour

After reading many online reviews, I decided to split the flour using 1/2 Italian 00 and 1/2 Semolina–which is a high-protein durum wheat. The three brands I tried were Caputo Semola, Bob’s Red Mill Semolina, and King Arthur Semolina Flour.

Cooked Lasagna Noodles on Wet Towels

 

Sometimes if I desire a softer dough, I will use 1 1/2 cups 00 flour and 1/2 cup Semolina, with everything else the same. I will do this when making Ravioli, Lasagna, and also Pappardelle.

During the years of Covid when certain flours were hard to come by, I made pasta with a mix of 00 flour and all-purpose. While it wasn’t my favorite, it certainly worked. 

 

Choosing a Pasta Maker

When it comes to making pasta, you basically have three choices: 1) roll and cut the pasta with hand tools; 2) use a gadget that fits on a mixer, such as the KitchenAid Pasta Attachment, or 3) make pasta with a hand crank machine, such as the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine. 

 

KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter Attachments

After much searching and reading reviews, I decided on the KitchenAid attachment as I wanted my hands free to work with the pasta. It’s more expensive (or at least it is now), but I love how it works and have not been disappointed in the seven years that I’ve owned mine.

 

Instructions for Making Pasta

Ingredients for this Recipe


To begin, gather the ingredients for this recipe so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Add Eggs to the Pasta Flour


In a large stainless steel bowl, stir together the flours and salt. Create a well in the center and add the large eggs and olive oil.

Making the Pasta Dough


Gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour using a fork or your fingers, eventually bringing the ingredients together to form a firm dough. You may need to add a few drops of water if the dough feels too dry.

When making your dough, most online instructions show placing the flour on the counter and mixing the dough there. I like using a flat stainless steel bowl, which allows easier clean-up, and I still have plenty of control in bringing the dough together. I usually begin mixing with my fork, but always end with my fingers.

 

Knead Pasta until it is Smooth and Supple


Knead the dough until it’s smooth and supple, 3-5 minutes. Try to refrain from adding extra flour when kneading as this will give your pasta a floury taste. On the opposite end of the spectrum, do not worry if you do not use all of the flour in the bowl. You (and your fingers) will learn to recognize when your dough is ready, just by how it feels. 

Dribble a little olive oil over the dough and place in a plastic bag. Allow to rest for 30-40 minutes.

 

ROLLING THE PASTA

Divide Pasta Dough in Half and Flatten One Piece with Rolling Pin


Divide the pasta in half, returning one portion to the bag until ready to use. Flatten the other piece of dough with a rolling pin to match the size of your pasta roller.


Making Homemade Pasta


Feed the dough through the machine, using the first setting of your machine.

 I use a KitchenAid Pasta Roller and my first setting is 2. I like having my hands free to handle the pasta.

Pass the pasta through once, and then fold it into thirds and pass it through again. After that, continue feeding the pasta sheet through the machine at each level (3, 4, 5…) until you reach the desired thickness.

  KITCHENAID PASTA ROLLING GUIDE
1 or 2 Kneading and thinning dough
3 Thick “kluski”-type noodles
4 Egg noodles
4 or 5 Lasagna noodles, fettuccine, spaghetti, and ravioli
6 or 7 Tortellini, thin fettuccine, and linguini
7 or 8 Very thin “angel-hair”-type pasta/capellini or very fine linguine


Making Homemade Pasta


Once you have the pasta dough to the desired thickness, feed the sheet through the cutter attachment, catching the pasta as it comes out the other side.

Homemade Pasta


Drape finished pasta on a drying rack or form into little nests on a floured surface to dry, if desired. Repeat with the second ball of dough.

 

COOKING THE PASTA

At this point, the pasta is ready to cook, or you may continue allowing it to dry. I like to dry my pasta for 2-3 hours, but it’s not necessary. If you plan to freeze or store the pasta in your pantry, allow it to dry for 24-48 hours before placing in a storage container or Zip-lock bag.

Cook Fresh Pasta in Boiling Water to Al Dente

Cook the pasta in boiling salt water until al dente or firm to the bite 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pasta.

Please note that fresh homemade pasta doesn’t require as much cooking time as store bought pasta.

Stir the pasta immediately after you add it to the water and then once more while it cooks to prevent it from sticking.

Add Spaghetti to the Sauce and Stir to Coat


When I am making a sauce for the pasta such as a red sauce, an alfredo sauce, or even pesto, I will transfer the cooked pasta to the sauce and carefully stir it with a long spoon or pasta tongs until it’s coated with the sauce. Be sure to save at least a cup of your pasta water to use in the sauce if it needs thinning.

Pasta water also works as a great thickener for sauces, too, as it has lots or starch in it.

Serving Chicken Fettuccine with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Serve the pasta while it is nice and hot with your favorite sauce–or even just a drizzle of olive oil or melted butter.

This pasta recipe makes enough for 4-6 servings.

I hope you will enjoy making Homemade Pasta as much as I do. Our whole family loves it. And while it may seem a little daunting to begin with, once you’ve done it a time or two, you’ll be so very glad you did.

See more Pasta Recipes Here. Browse Italian Recipes Here. 

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Homemade Pasta

A few years ago, my husband gave me a KitchenAid Pasta Machine for Christmas, and I was so excited to use it. I have been creating Homemade Pasta ever since!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 4 minutes
Serving Size 6

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Ingredients 

Instructions

Make the Pasta

  • In a large stainless steel bowl, stir together the flours and kosher salt.
  • Create a well in the center and add the large eggs and olive oil. Gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour using a fork or your fingers, eventually bringing the ingredients together to form a firm dough. (You may need to add a few drops of water if the dough feels too dry.)
  • Transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead the dough until it's smooth, 3-5 minutes. (Try to refrain from adding extra flour when kneading as this will give your pasta a floury taste.)
  • Dribble a little olive oil over the dough and place in a plastic bag. Allow to rest for 30-40 minutes.

Roll and Cut the Pasta

  • Divide the pasta in half, returning the extra dough to the bag until ready to use. Flatten one piece of dough with a rolling pin to match the size of your pasta roller.
  • Feed the dough through the machine, using the first setting of your machine (I use a KitchenAid Pasta Roller and mine is 2). Pass the pasta through once, and then fold it into thirds and pass it through again.
  • After that, continue feeding the pasta sheet through the machine at each level (3, 4, 5…) until you reach the desired thickness.
  • Once you have the pasta dough to the desired thickness, feed the sheet through the cutter attachment, catching the pasta as it comes out the other side.
  • Drape finished pasta on a drying rack or form into little nests on a floured surface to dry, if desired. Repeat with the other ball of dough.
  • At this point, the pasta is ready to cook, or you may continue allowing it to dry. I like to dry my pasta for 2-3 hours, but it's not necessary. If you plan to freeze or store the pasta in your pantry, allow it to dry for 24-48 hours before placing in a storage container or Zip-lock bag.

Cook the Pasta

  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente or firm to the bite 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pasta. (Fresh homemade pasta doesn't require as much cooking time as store bought pasta.)
  • Stir the pasta immediately after you add it to the water and then once more while it cooks to prevent it from sticking.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite sauce–even just a drizzle of olive oil or melted butter. This recipe makes 4-6 servings.

Notes

*Sometimes if I desire a softer dough, I will use 1 1/2 cups 00 flour and 1/2 cup Semolina, with everything else the same. I will do this when making Ravioli, Lasagna noodles, and also Pappardelle.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg

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