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Fresh Pasta Recipe – Easy Italian Pasta Dough Recipe

Updated on April 20, 2013

Don't we all love pasta! That easy to make and convenient staple food that comes in all sizes and shapes, whether they be Tagliatelle, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Linguine, Tortellini, Fettuccine or Penne. Oh the list goes on...

Most of the time, I'll admit, I'm lazy and I'll buy a dried store bought pasta at the cheapest price, but every once in a while I like to make my pasta fresh. Dinner parties and cooking for the family or loved ones normally is an incentive to make fresh pasta. There's just something chique about it.

Okay I'll stop blabbing on for ages and I'll show you my simple recipe. Below is a simple fresh pasta recipe that will literally take a few minutes to prepare and only a couple of minutes to cook. You can eat it plain, with some vegetables or with any sauce of your choice, whether it be tomato, cream, cheese or mushroom sauce.

Ingredients for Fresh Pasta

  • 2 Large Eggs (Free Range, Organic or Regular)
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil (optional)

Serves 2

(Always remember, 1 Egg per 100grams of Flour)


Method – Fresh Pasta Recipe

Making the Pasta Dough

  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt (optional).
  2. Create a hollow in the centre of the flour, crack in 2 eggs and add in the olive oil (optional).
  3. Fold in the flour using a wooden spoon or fork to create what looks like large sticky breadcrumbs. Feel the dough with your fingers and if it feels too dry then add a couple teaspoons of olive oil.
  4. With your fingers, mix the dough into one dough ball and knead the pasta dough on a floured surface. Don't be gentle here.
  5. It is essential to knead the dough for a few minutes to create a good amount of gluten in dough so your pasta will have good elasticity. Pull it, stretch it, squash it! Let the pasta dough rest for a few minutes.

Note: To make it even more convenient, a food processor can be used instead of a mixing bowl.


Rolling the Dough and Shaping the Pasta

  1. You can either use a pasta machine to make your pasta or do it with a rolling pin and knife/pizzacutter, just like an Italian grandmother.
  2. Using the pasta machine feed the dough in the top of the machine while turning the leaver. When the strips of pasta (tagliatelle) come out of the machine, make sure to lightly dust the strips with some flour and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. If you do not have a pasta machine, dust your worktop with some flour and roll out the pasta dough until very VERY fine. It will be quite hard to roll the dough as it is very elastic and tends to retract, so lots of elbow grease is essential. Roll the pasta dough until it is so thin that it is almost translucent.
  4. It is now time to cut the pasta into tagliatelle or whatever shapes you like. The dough can be used to make even ravioli or tortellini.
  5. For tagliatelli, run a sharp knife or pizza cutter up the thinly rolled pasta to create strips, about 1cm in diameter. The strips can be as long as you like.
  6. When you have cut the pasta, rest the strips on your arm and dust with a generous amount of flour to ensure the pieces won’t stick together.
  7. Lay the tagliatelli on a floured surface and leave for 10 minutes to dry slightly.
  8. The pasta can then be cooked straight away or stored in a refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.

Note: To speed up cutting you can carefully roll your flattened pasta sheet into a log shape and cut thin strips along the way. Think of cutting sushi, but really finely.

Cooking the Fresh Pasta

  1. Bring water to the boil in a medium sized saucepan, along with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  2. Add in the fresh pasta and simply cook for up to 5 minutes, or until al dente.
  3. When your pasta is cooked, drain from the water straight away so it doesn’t get too soggy. You can now add the pasta to your favourite sauce or eat as you would usually.



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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Your recipe makes it look easy to make, I have always avoided making my own because I thought it was not simple to make, must try it now, fresh is always nicer.

      Congratulations for the HOTD.

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      Joy56 3 years ago

      Hub of the day wow

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      Daphne D. Lewis 3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      I used to make my own pasta using a pasta machine but no longer have it. This is a great recipe for me to try without a machine. Congratulations on making the HOTD!!!

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      Crystal Symons 3 years ago from Lorain/Amherst, Ohio

      Congrats on the HOTD! You made this step-by-step process very easy to follow!

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      Huntgoddess 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have never made my own, either, but have always wanted to try.

      I think this tutorial will be a good way to learn. I love noodles!!

      Congrats on HOTD. Up, etc. Thanks.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations on the HOTD award! This is definitely easy to make pasta recipe. I would love to make it when I will be in my home country Philippines and will not be able to buy this kind of pasta there. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Well done!

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      Joy56 3 years ago

      Cool must try this

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Your recipe makes me think I can really do this! I bet my family would love it. Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I have never made my own pasta, but I think it would be fun to do. Congrats on HOTD. This is very helpful!

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      For anyone who doesn't eat eggs, you don't actually need eggs. They may add a little texture, but they are not necessary. We make pasta all the time without eggs.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Fresh homemade pasta--oh yum. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this great tutorial.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      I once made fresh homemade pasta with a friend. It was delicious and tasted so much better than the boxed pasta from the store. Your recipe is so easy to follow and I love that it doesn't require a pasta maker. Pinning to my recipe board! Thanks and congrats on your HOTD!!

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, nice HOTD congratulations. I love fresh pasta it is wonderful. Stella

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      mySuccess8 3 years ago

      Though this is a quick, simple and fresh home-made pasta, you have given great tips for getting good results, like how to obtain good elasticity for the pasta. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for HOTD!

      This looks yummy and with your step wise instructions, I think I would be able to make it. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!

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      Pritchard 3 years ago

      Excellent!! Looks so easy, I'm going to give it a try. Congrats on the HOD!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Chicago area

      My twin brother taught me this method many years ago, and it's so good! I've only run my dough through the (simple, Italian made) machine, though. It takes a bit of time, as you have to run each strip through the machine several times to get it thin enough. I haven't tried doing this just with a rolling pin. Seems it might be hard to keep the dough from sticking without adding too much flour?

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      i would look for a soy substitute or even ask them if they are allergic to eggs then they probably know of a few different ways to substitute eggs out of recipes and an appropriate replacement to the eggs so it turns out just as delicious and doesn't send anyone to the hospital

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      nassy24 6 years ago from South Carolina -- USA

      I love pasta!! mmmmmm..Thanks!