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How to Make Your Own Pasta with and without Using a Pasta Machine

homemade egg pasta
Photo: Helena Kirk

On this page, you will learn how to make your own pasta with and without using a pasta machine. Some people think, that making pasta is a difficult process that only a real Italian can master. But that isn’t true! Pasta is actually made from only 2-3 ingredients and is easy to make if you just know how to. Luckily, you have come to the right place. I have been experimenting with different kinds of homemade pasta using hand power and pasta machines. If I am lazy, I get help from my kitchen machine to knead the dough, but actually I like to make pasta by hand since it gives me a little workout. I will definitely recommend it if you are not in a hurry.

How to make your own pasta with and without using a pasta machine

Prep Time 20 mins
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Tilbehør
Servings 4 people


  • 150 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams (1/3 cup) durum wheat
  • 2 large eggs


  • Pour the flour on the tabletop and make a hole in the middle of the flour. Crack the eggs and place them in the hole of the flour. Whisk the egg with a fork and slowly include the flour. Knead the dough well. This can also be done in a food processor or a kitchen machine (use the dough hook).
  • Wrap the pasta dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a clean tabletop or run it through a pasta machine until the dough reaches the desired thickness. The trick here is to use enough flour as otherwise, the dough will stick together. The goal is to get a dry flour dough.

Without using a pasta machine

  • When the dough is rolled out thinly on the table, cut the dough into an oblong rectangle, and fold it a few times. Take the folded dough on a cutting board and cut the pasta into the desired pasta type (either tagliatelle, fettuccine, pappardelle, spaghetti, or cut the dough into delicious lasagna noodles).

Using a pasta machine:

  • Use the pasta machine to knead the dough a few times at level no. 1 (the thickest level). Then reduce the thickness starting from level 1 and then continue to change the level until it is thin enough. Typically, I make pasta that is 5 in thickness but it can depend on the type of pasta machine. Remember to use flour between each level.
  • When the pasta is rolled out and has the desired thickness make the pasta into either spaghetti or tagliatelle in the built-in pasta cutter of the machine, or leave them to become lasagna noodles.
Keyword pasta
Homemade pasta
pasta dough


  1. LuAnn Crim Reply

    Thank you for this simple and delicious sounding recipe. Do you not use any salt in pasta dough? My old recipe calls for a teaspoon of salt, and some water, and I have never been happy with the resulting noodles. Will be trying your recipe today! Thank you.

    • helena Reply

      Hi LuAnn, thank you for your message. I do not add any salt to the pasta dough, instead, I add the salt to the boiling water when I cook the pasta! Always works for me that way. Good luck with the pasta making! 🙂
      Best wishes,

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