There’s nothing like homemade pasta! It is so fresh, so tasty, so Italian, so worth it. I highly recommend investing in a pasta maker. You will feel so professional serving your friends and family a batch of homemade pasta.
Making homemade pasta every time you want an Italian dinner probably doesn’t seem like the most realistic thing to do; however, it is actually a fun process and so rewarding in the end. Not to mention, you can freeze your homemade dough and save it up for up to a month. OR you can hang the fresh pasta and dry it out to use at a later time.
Preparing homemade pasta dough can be a little time consuming but it’s all so worth it in the end! On my cheat days, there’s nothing else I would rather indulge in than a big bowl of fresh homemade pasta with lots of fresh herbs and grated parmesan. I’m gaining 5 lbs just thinking about it now…
This is the easiest most basic pasta dough recipe I swear by:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina flour
2 whole eggs & 3 egg yolks
Water, as needed
In a large bowl, combine both flours. Dump them onto a clean work surface and create a well (or hole) in the center. Add the eggs to the well. Whisk with a fork and gradually add a little bit of flour to the egg. Once things get a little sticky, get rid of the fork and use your God given kitchen tools- your hands! Work the dough well- kneading, stretching, and pressing for a good 8-10 minutes. The pasta dough will become more pliable- almost like play-dough.
If you notice that you are having a hard time getting all of the flour to stick together, add a tiny bit of water (1 tsp) at a time to combine the dough. *You do not want a sticky dough so be careful not to add too much water.* When you are finished working the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. *If you do not keep the dough wrapped, it will dry out!*
This is one of my favorite pasta dough making videos– I just love this guy! It really helped me learn how to make pasta dough the correct way. Check it out and give it a try!