A simple tutorial and fresh pasta recipe for making homemade pasta in minutes using a pasta maker. You’ll never want to buy a box of dry pasta again!
Pasta Maker Attachment for the Kitchenaid
A few years ago, I invested in the pasta maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer and I have never looked back. If I had only known how easy it was to make fresh pasta, I would have tossed the boxes away years ago! In fact, we have enjoyed it so much, that I have purchased the pasta roller attachments as well. The options are endless when you are making homemade pasta.
Let me just say it here, homemade pasta is delicious!
Pasta is an incredible comfort food. Topped with savory red sauces, white sauces, cheese sauces, vinaigrettes, or simply butter with salt and pepper. There is not a pasta dish that I don’t love!
Pasta is just so good! As a kid, cheese sauce was always my favorite in a mac n cheese recipe. As an adult, I prefer a red or white sauce. I find that I can’t even host a summer BBQ without a side of pasta salad!
Noodles are so versatile, being the perfect base for almost every Italian meal.
Pasta Making for the Family
Pasta is also very family-friendly! Who doesn’t love a spaghetti dinner? Like all good meals, it brings people together.
This homemade pasta guide is perfect for including your loved ones.
My girls love to help me in the kitchen and making pasta is no exception! They love to measure out the ingredients, roll the pasta dough, and could watch the pasta come out the pasta machine for days! Those times are memories I will cherish forever.
Tool Alternatives for making Homemade Pasta
Now, if you don’t have a kitchenaid or a pasta maker attachment, don’t let it be a reason to stop you from making your own pasta. There are lots of stand alone pasta machine options and hand crank pasta makers, carried by many different brands (Marcato Atlas being a popular one with high ratings). You can also roll out the pasta dough by hand and cut using a pizza roller.
Homemade pasta is cost effective
Homemade pasta is also very budget friendly. It costs no more to make your own pasta than it does to buy a box at the store. In my opinion, homemade pasta is the gourmet choice between the two. In addition, it is more delicious topped with your favorite sauce and it can be served for any event.
Time It Takes To Make Pasta
Truly, this is a very quick process. I typically spend only 15 minutes making the dough and pressing it through the pasta maker attachment.
The dough is only a few ingredients and rolling it through the pasta maker can be done in a snap. Having a few tools can save a bit of time. However, I think it is worth the extra few minutes for rolling out the dough by hand and use a rolling pin and pizza cutter to make the pasta shape you desire.
What ingredients are in Pasta?
The ingredients for pasta are really simple and likely are already on hand in your pantry. A basic noodle recipe usually consists of equal parts of white flour and semolina flour, olive oil (or butter), eggs, and water. In this post I’m using an basic egg noodle recipe which only calls for flour, eggs, and water. I highly recommend it as a great way to get started making your own noodles.
Types of Pasta
The shapes of pasta are almost endless! Favorites in my house include angel hair, fettuccine, linguine, and of course the spaghetti noodle!
There are so many ways to serve pasta! I have endless recipes for pasta dishes! You can serve it cold in a pasta salad for the perfect summer side dish, or make it the entree of your dinner for a dinner party with friends, or serve with a simple red sauce for a comforting lunch or weeknight dinner. It is simply delicious in all seasons!
My Favorite Pasta Recipes
This Creamy Chicken Pasta with Cajun Sauce dish feels like a hearty welcome to the weekend.
I look forward to summer entertaining and you can never go wrong with this favorite Lemon Basil Pasta Salad!
My Pasta Aglio e Olio only takes 10 minutes to make and is perfect for the quick evening dinner before racing off for sports games or music lessons.
And I can’t leave out a mention to the classic red sauce, Tomato Pasta Sauce, the sweet, savory and perfectly balanced sauce that everyone craves.
Cooking with Fresh Pasta
Fresh pasta can be cooked right away.
Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the noodles and cook for about four minutes stirring occasionally.
Drain over the sink in a colander and then toss with 1 teaspoon of olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Top with your desired sauce and serve!
How to make Homemade Egg Noodle Pasta
Tips and Tricks for Fresh Pasta
- In this recipe I only call for 1 type of flour and the noodles turn out beautifully. However, you can substitute half the flour with semolina flour for a more traditional noodle.
- Semolina flour is a more coarsely ground wheat and has a yellowish color. Most local supermarkets keep this in stock.
- Dough should not be at all sticky when you run it through your pasta maker or it will stick to the machine. If your dough feels sticky sprinkle lightly with flour.
- If your noodles end up a little crumbly or gummy it is most likely because the dough is under developed and needed a little more kneading.
- You can let your pasta dough rest for 30 minutes after kneading to let the gluten relax. Letting the gluten relax after kneading makes for a loser dough and is easier to mold into more intricate noodle shapes.
- If you are rolling the pasta dough out by hand, use a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough our very thinly. Don’t worry about too much extra flour as it will shake off as you cut the pasta or rinse off in the boiling water when cooking.
- Feel free to experiment with gluten free flour mixes for a homemade gluten free noodle.
- Considering the ingredient list, making homemade pasta is perfect for your vegetarian friends.
- Pasta is very forgiving. Don’t be afraid to substitute, take risks and try something new!
- Remember practice makes perfect. It truly is simple to get a great noodle on the first time. But if you are not happy with the first batch try some of these tips!
Storing Fresh Pasta
Fresh pasta can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen for up to a month.
After the pasta is cut or pressed, hang over a drying rack or lay out on the counter with plenty of space between each noodle and let air dry. (30 minutes at a minimum but can take up to 12-24 hours.) Turn the noodles periodically to keep them from sticking to the surface they are on. You can also cover them with a towel to keep any dust from settling on them while they dry.
Place dried pasta in an airtight container to keep. If you are freezing, add a layer of plastic wrap before putting on the lid to prevent noodles from absorbing any scents or getting freezer burn.
If you love pasta as much as I do, don’t be intimidated, go ahead and try it! After the first time or two, you’ll have noodles ready almost as quick as it takes to prepare them from a box.
Let me know in the comments if you make this pasta recipe, and check out the links for enticing sauces you can top your pasta with! Let me know your favorite!
- 3 1/2 c flour
- 4 eggs
- water 2 Tbsp at a time
- Combine flour, eggs and water with your paddle attachment. You don't want the dough to be crumbly or sticky...just doughy! Add an additional tablespoon until you reach the desired consistency, mixing on speed 4.
- Using your dough hook, knead for 2 minutes on speed 4.
- Put your pasta roller attachment on level 1. Make a flat dough ball and feed through. I usually like to do this on speed 4...fast enough, but not too fast. Continue to place the dough through increasing the setting each time...level 2, 3, 4 and finally 5 for fettuccine. Do this with all of your dough.
- Switch to your fettuccine or linguini attachment unless you're making pappardelle or ravioli. Feed the dough through, catching the noodles with your other hand and immediately place into your pot of boiling water.
- Boil noodles 3 minutes & drain.
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