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How to Make Pasta

Follow these step-by-step instructions (with photos) for How to Make Pasta to make delicious homemade pasta.
Categories Bread, pasta
Difficulty Easy
Keyword how to make pasta, make pasta, making pasta
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 206 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place flour on a flat, clean and dry surface and make a well in the center to allow for the eggs. Drop the eggs into the well and add the salt to the eggs. Carefully mix the eggs together using a fork, trying not to disturb the outer well of flour. Gently and slowly start to incorporate the flour into the eggs, bit by bit. Once most of the flour is incorporated, use your fingers to fully incorporate the flour, eggs and salt.
  2. Using your hands, gather the flour mixture together. If the mixture feels too dry and doesn't want to form, add about 1 tbsp. of water (more if necessary) to assist it. If the mixture is too moist, add a bit of flour.  Form the dough into a ball.
  3. Knead the dough, by pushing down and away from you with the palm of your hand , remembering to turn the dough 90 degrees with each push. Each time you rotate the dough, push down and away again, continuing to fold the dough over on itself. Continue this process until the dough is smooth, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Once the dough is smooth, divide the dough into 3 equal portions and form each portion into a ball. Cover the 3 balls with a towel or bowl and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Taking one ball, flatten with the palm of your hand until it is about 1/2-inch thick (you can use a rolling pin if you'd like). Make sure the flattened ball is no wider than the opening on your pasta machine (mine is 6 inches). With the machine on its widest setting, usually a "7," turn the handle while feeding one end of the dough into the opening. Gently cradle and hold the flattened dough as it is released from the other side of the pasta machine. Don't pull the dough, just allow it to come out as you turn the handle.
  6. After the dough has passed through all the way, turn the slot to the next smallest setting (a "6," for example) and pass the dough through again, following the same technique as before. Continue this process, reducing by one slot size each time, until you have your desired thickness, usually a "1" (for linguine and angel hair) or "2" (for spaghetti or fettuccine).  The dough will keep getting longer and longer as it gets pressed thinner and thinner. Take care to hold the dough as it gets longer and longer so it doesn't tear.
  7. After you've reached your desired thickness of dough, it's time to cut the pasta. Cut the long rolled dough into 2 or 3 pieces each (cutting across the width, not the length) so the pasta will come out with your desired length. This will make it easier to maneuver and will not leave you with mile-long pasta noodles.
  8. Attach the preferred pasta blade, whether it's linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, etc., to the pasta maker and move the handle so it now controls the blade. Feed the dough into the cutting blades. Use your non-turning hand to receive the cut pasta in one bunch. Immediately after cutting the dough, lightly dust with flour and toss the noodles to keep them from sticking and place them on a towel, cutting board or plate. The pasta can be used right away or stored for about one week or even hung out to dry and stored for longer.
  9. Add the noodles to a pot of boiling salted water. They will cook very quickly, so start checking them after about 1 minute.
  10. Add your favorite sauce and you're set!
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Pasta
Amount Per Serving (0.25 lb.)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.8g4%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 167.1mg7%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.