How to Make Pasta

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  1. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 23, 2011, 8:04 am

    LOVE tender, wonderful homemade pasta!! This is just the reminder I need to get my pasta machine out of its box again :) Thanks!

  2. Tara March 23, 2011, 9:10 am

    I’ve been hoping for a pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid… Now that I know it’s not that hard, I think I’ll have to get one!

  3. Tonya March 23, 2011, 10:36 am

    Oh my goodness, my husband was JUST asking me to please try to make some pasta. (he grew up with homemade) I didn’t know the ingredients were so basic. I will need to get a pasta attachment for my mixer and learn how to get it rolled thin enough, but thanks for the step by step, this makes it seem less overwhelming!!!

  4. Mike March 24, 2011, 11:43 am

    I agree that homemade pasta is way easier than it gets credit for. Plus, you can add your favorite herbs to the dough!

  5. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) March 25, 2011, 12:04 am

    I need to go and buy a pasta maker…like, now! That looks so good. My boyfriend is Italian, so I’m sure it would impress him.

  6. Francesca March 25, 2011, 5:10 am

    Taking out the machine this week end for sure. Thanks Lacey to remind me! Yummy!!! Usually I make a lot of dough and freeze it. When you need fresh tagliatelle (the name for these flat kind of egg pasta) I just take it out and let it reach the room temperature in the plastic bag on the other hand it will dry too much to use it. Once it is soft again I proceed with the cradle.

  7. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit March 26, 2011, 9:31 pm

    Great instructions! I just learned how to make pasta this past winter. I went with hubby to a pasta making class, but haven’t made it since. Thanks for reminding me how easy it is and also how good! :)

  8. Dustin Baier April 1, 2011, 7:34 am

    Thanks for finally sharing this. I have been wanting you to write this post forever. It really is crazy how much better the pasta tastes this way. To think most people have never had it.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef April 1, 2011, 3:01 pm

      Thank you for pushing me to write this post, Dustin! You’re right — I definitely put it off for far too long.

  9. Kelley April 12, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Hi Lacey,

    What great recipes! I just started my “Body For Life” Challange and am ALWAYS looking for healthy alternatives! Do you use whole wheat pasta with your dishes?

    Thank you!

    Kelley from San Antonio!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef April 12, 2011, 10:46 pm

      Hi Kelley! Congrats on starting your new challenge! I do use whole wheat pasta sometimes and “regular” noodles other times. Just depends on what I have on hand and what sounds good :)

  10. Bethany May 1, 2011, 6:18 pm

    What if you dont have a pasta machine? can you hand roll it out? Or is it necessary?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 2, 2011, 9:52 am

      Yes, Bethany, you can most definitely roll out the pasta by hand as well. People have been doing it for centuries. It just takes a bit more time and effort because your arms are doing the work, as opposed to the pasta machine. Just roll out the pasta by hand with a rolling pin in the same portions until they reach the desired thickness. Then, you can cut the pasta with a sharp knife using a ruler (to get equally-sized noodles) or just by hand if you have a steady hand. Let me know if you have any more questions! Good luck!

  11. Italianmommy3 August 19, 2011, 8:22 pm

    I was so impressed by your “homemade pasta tutorial” that I just followed your link to purchase the pasta maker!! I cannot wait to try all the pastas! I have made cavatelli and gnocchi’s from scratch but was nervous about the whole pasta machine
    Idea until your blog!! I’ll come back and let you know how it all turned out!! Thanks for your inspirational site…it’s awesome!! xx Ciao Bella!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2011, 9:38 pm

      Yay! You’re so welcome! I’m sure you and your pasta machine will make many, many delicious memories :)

      Please do come back and share how it goes! Enjoy!

  12. Italianmommy3 August 28, 2011, 6:35 pm

    I did it! I followed your instructions which were amazingly easy and were spot on and sure enough my first try at Fettucini came out perfect! We were in the middle of Hurricane Irene here in NY so it was a great day to try this out! I also followed your advice and purchased the same exact pasta machine you supplied the Amazon link to! My hubby and kids said they never want boxed pasta again, lol!! Thx! Ciao xx

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 2, 2011, 9:23 pm

      Oh, I’m SO happy to hear this!! Thank you so much for sharing — I’m glad you enjoyed your HOMEMADE pasta! Congrats :)

  13. Maggie September 16, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Is there any way to roll and cut pasta without a machine?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 16, 2011, 1:47 pm

      Absolutely! Just use a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface until very thin (or desired thickness). Then, use a clean, sharp knife to make the cuts by hand. Use a ruler for precise cuts Good luck!

  14. Maggie September 16, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Thanks, I was hoping I would not have to buy a machine for it.
    I will follow your tips.
    Thanks again.

  15. Lana November 15, 2011, 8:23 am

    I have had the pasta machine for years and have only used it a few times. It is so easy to do and my family loves it but… The thing that bugs me about the machine is how I am supposed to clean it? I have never been able to get a good answer. How do you clean your machine?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef November 17, 2011, 8:51 pm

      I learned the hard way with my first pasta machine not to use water when cleaning my pasta machine because it rusted and needed to be disposed of. Now, I let the pasta dry on the machine for a few hours after making the pasta and then use a rag and q-tip combination to clean it out. The dried pieces of pasta usually fall right out.

  16. Fred January 29, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I made some home made spaghetti yesterday with just a cutting board. after the dough rested i just pinched off a bit and used my hands to roll it into a long strand. I have to admit the first few noodles were very thick, but I got the hang of it before too long. I also added garlic and cheese to the flour before mixing. Oh, and I don’t have a rolling pin (bachelor, can you tell?) so I floured my can of PAM cooking spray and went to town.

  17. Martha July 1, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Growing up in a mennonite home, my mom often made homemade noodles. I remember a couple times we borrowed a pasta machine, but usually she would just roll the dough out (with ingredients exactly as you stated), really thin, lots of floor on top and below and then she rolled it up starting one end, really tight. Then grabbing one end of the roll, and putting it on a cutting board, she sliced pieces off first from one edge of the roll and then the other edge, so she would get small pieces, not one long long pasta. Then sieve out the excess flour and boil the pasta, or dry it and freeze or even store outside in a container if fully dried. Yummy, with homemade chicken soup.

  18. Kate October 9, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Amazing recipe! I really love making pasta at home, especially linguine. It tastes much better and cooks faster.


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