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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

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions

  • 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

4 Comments

  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,
      Helena

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