How to Make Pasta at Home


Delicious Homemade Pasta

A worldwide staple food, pasta originally came from Italy. Mainly a wheat based product, many recipes for pasta have been created over the years and this basic yet filling food is a great addition to many dishes, and sauces and other ingredients are usually added to pasta to create a delicious meal.

Making homemade pasta is a simple process and requires only three ingredients: 2 cups unbleached flour, 3 eggs and ½ tsp salt.

  1. Put the flour on your work surface in a pile and make a well in the middle break the eggs into the well then add the salt. Stir the eggs without mixing in the surrounding flour.
  2. When the eggs are well mixed, begin to gradually combine with the flour.
  3. Use your fingertips to blend in the mixture.
  4. Form a ball with the mixture using your hands  – add a little more egg if the mixture seems dry, and add a little more flour if it seems too moist.#
  5. Knead the pasta dough using the heel of your hand and rolling it away from you, then turning and doing the same again – do this for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Break the dough into three equal pieces and roll into 3 balls. Cover with a towel and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Flatten one ball with the palm of your hand then use a rolling pin or pasta machine to make an even layer of pasta.
  8. Rolling the dough through your pasta machine on gradually thinner settings will ensure it gets to the right texture and is about 1-2mm thick.
  9. Feed the dough through your pasta machine so that it evenly slices the pasta strands.
  10. Hang the pasta on a drying rack so that it doesn’t stick together.

Pasta machines make the job of making your own homemade pasta a lot easier – and hand operated or motorised machines are the two types which can make your pasta-making experience a whole lot easier. If you want to make coloured pasta, different ingredients can be incorporated into the mixture to add more colour and flavour to your dish!

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Posted by RecipeBridge Staff Writer April 20th 2012
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