How to Make Pasta Noodles From Scratch

Updated on February 22, 2020
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I grew up in Malaysia, where I enjoyed cooking and eating local dishes every day.

Learn how to make delicious homemade pasta!
Learn how to make delicious homemade pasta!

I Learned Directly From an Italian Signora

Pasta is one of the staples of food in Italy. When I was a student in the Italian city of Perugia, I stayed with an Italian woman (signora) in her home. I rented a room with a friend who was also studying the Italian language there. Of course, when you're a guest, it's polite to observe your host's rules and customs.

The signora we were staying with was very particular when it came to cooking in her kitchen. On weekends, she would spend hours preparing for dinner. One dish she often prepared was pasta. Traditionally, Italian cooks make their own pasta rather than buying it at the store. Fortunately for me, I had the opportunity to observe her pasta-making techniques.

Pasta Machine

Last Christmas, my sister-in-law presented my husband and me with a pasta roller and cutter attachments for the KitchenAid stand mixer (I already owned the mixer, but I didn't have the attachments). We decided to put this gift to good use by making our own homemade pasta.

By the way, if you don't have any of these attachments, you can simply use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat on a floured countertop, and then you can use a sharp knife or pastry cutter to cut the dough.

My husband and I decided to make our two favorite types of pasta: fettuccine and lasagna. Surprisingly, our first effort at making these noodles with the pasta roller turned out wonderfully well.

Lasagna for Dinner

Since it was a weekend, we decided to make lasagna for dinner. Like the store-bought oven-ready lasagna, I boiled the pasta for a few minutes to cut the time of cooking in the oven later. The lasagna was delicious. I think fresh pasta tastes so much better than store-bought. I'm not against buying it from the store, but once you make your own, you can tell the difference.

How to Keep Fresh Noodles

You can freeze the noodles by following these steps:

  1. Spread out the noodles on baking sheets.
  2. Place the baking sheets in the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until the individual pieces aren’t sticking to each other or the pan.
  3. Once the noodles are frozen, you can package them up into freezer bags.

However, I would encourage you to cook the pasta on the same day or the next so you can enjoy its freshness.

Ingredients

  • 4 large brown eggs, room temperature
  • 2/12 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons water (optional)

Directions

  1. Dust a clean surface or wood cutting board with some flour. Place the flour that is mixed with salt in the middle.
  2. Form a well in the middle of the flour. Crack the eggs in the middle of the well.
  3. With a fork, lightly beat the eggs, gradually pulling flour from the inner rim of the well into the egg, until a soft, clumpy dough begins to form.
  4. Start using both hands to combine the mixture and knead until it forms a dough. (If the dough remains dry and crumbly, add about 1 teaspoon of water and process again. If the dough is sticky, add some flour and process again. Repeat if necessary until the dough comes together.)
  5. Cover the dough with cling wrap and let it rest in a bowl at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  6. Cut the dough into a few pieces and cover with a towel.
  7. With a rolling pin, flatten and shape one piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Dust it lightly with flour and pass it through the widest setting on the pasta machine.
  8. Fold it into thirds, like a letter, and if necessary, flatten to 1/2 inch thick. Pass it through the widest setting again with the seam of the letter perpendicular to the rollers.
  9. Without folding the dough, pass it through the next setting on the pasta machine. Keep reducing the space between the rollers after each pass.
  10. Lay the rolled-out dough on the tablecloth. Roll out the remaining dough in the same manner. Cut each strip of dough into 11-inch lengths.
  11. In a large pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add the salt.
  12. Put 3 or 4 noodles in the boiling water. Once the water returns to a boil, cook for about 60 seconds. Transfer the noodles into a tray that is cover with a clean towel. Repeat with the remaining noodles.

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Form a well in the middle of the flour. Crack the eggs in the middle of the well.With a fork, lightly beat the eggs, gradually pulling flour from the inner rim of the well into the egg, until a soft, clumpy dough begins to form.Place the pasta machine with the right pasta roller. Cut the dough into a few pieces. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Shape one piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle.Pass it through the widest setting again with the seam of the letter perpendicular to the rollers.Without folding the dough, pass it through the next setting on the pasta machine. Keep reducing the space between the rollers after each pass.Lay the rolled-out dough on the cutting mat or table cloth. Cover the noodles with a clean towel. Cut each strip of dough into 11-inch lengths.The noodles are ready to be boiled. Boil the noodles in a large pot for 1 minute. Voila, the final result! The lasagna was delicious.
Form a well in the middle of the flour. Crack the eggs in the middle of the well.
Form a well in the middle of the flour. Crack the eggs in the middle of the well.
With a fork, lightly beat the eggs, gradually pulling flour from the inner rim of the well into the egg, until a soft, clumpy dough begins to form.
With a fork, lightly beat the eggs, gradually pulling flour from the inner rim of the well into the egg, until a soft, clumpy dough begins to form.
Place the pasta machine with the right pasta roller.
Place the pasta machine with the right pasta roller.
Cut the dough into a few pieces. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough.
Cut the dough into a few pieces. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough.
Shape one piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle.
Shape one piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle.
Pass it through the widest setting again with the seam of the letter perpendicular to the rollers.
Pass it through the widest setting again with the seam of the letter perpendicular to the rollers.
Without folding the dough, pass it through the next setting on the pasta machine. Keep reducing the space between the rollers after each pass.
Without folding the dough, pass it through the next setting on the pasta machine. Keep reducing the space between the rollers after each pass.
Lay the rolled-out dough on the cutting mat or table cloth.
Lay the rolled-out dough on the cutting mat or table cloth.
Cover the noodles with a clean towel.
Cover the noodles with a clean towel.
Cut each strip of dough into 11-inch lengths.
Cut each strip of dough into 11-inch lengths.
The noodles are ready to be boiled.
The noodles are ready to be boiled.
Boil the noodles in a large pot for 1 minute.
Boil the noodles in a large pot for 1 minute.
Voila, the final result! The lasagna was delicious.
Voila, the final result! The lasagna was delicious.

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Hi Penny, thank you for taking the time to read my article. I really appreciated it. We had a great time in the kitchen making one of the Italian food cultures.

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        Penny Leigh Sebring 

        6 weeks ago from Fort Collins

        Fantastic article on an art that is sometimes forgotten!

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Hi Donna, I'm sorry to hear you haven't discovered a suitable gluten-free recipe for making fresh pasta at home. By the way, have you heard about xantham gum? If I'm not mistaken, it can be substituted for eggs using in the recipe. It's reliable to use in the baking as well. Thank you for taking the time reading this article :)

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        Donna Rayne 

        6 weeks ago from Sutter Creek

        Liza, I've always wanted to make my own pasta but, I haven't found a gluten-free recipe for it. Your article was inspiring and makes me want to try it! :)

        Have a lovely day,

        Donna Rayne

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Hi Nella, I think you should! I had a great time making fresh pasta in my kitchen. It can be a pleasant weekend treat for family dinner. Thanks for sharing your story and commenting :)

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        Nella DiCarlo 

        6 weeks ago from Guelph, Ontario

        Inspiring article. I need to try making fresh pasta just like my Mom used to long ago...

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        It's definitely worth it to make your own, Liz. I'm sure you would love the fresh pasta than the box ones. I'm glad this article engaging you to try :)

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Oh my gosh, I wish I could have fresh pasta all the time. Fresh pasta tastes better and absorbs sauce more than a store-bought one. Now, that I have this machine it definitely makes everything easier. Next, I will try to make more, dry, and save for later. Thanks for sharing your story, Raymond.

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 weeks ago from UK

        I had heard how nice fresh pasta was, but had never tried making it before. Your helpful article encourages me to have a go.

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        Raymond Oickle 

        6 weeks ago from windsor

        I love fresh pasta. My daughter-in-law worked at a place that they made it daily, so she would get me fresh pasta anytime I wanted it.

        I'm too lazy to make it myself, but I do buy it from time to time since our daughter-in-law no longer works at the same place.

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