Making your own pasta dough is easy, economical, and fun!  For a basic homemade pasta, all you need is flour, eggs (or olive oil), and a little salt.  From there, the world of awesome homemade pasta is endless; by adding ingredients like finely chopped spinach, pureed red bell peppers, and tomato paste, you can make your own fabulous, fresh gourmet pasta for a fraction of the cost!

Basic Egg Pasta

2 cups of All-Purpose Flour

3 large eggs (beaten)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

  1.  Place the flour in a mound and make a well in the center.  Pour the eggs and salt into the well.
  2. Beat the eggs in the center of the mound, without disturbing too much of the flour.
  3. Gradually add small amounts of the flour into the beaten egg mixture. You can do this by allowing flour to fall into the well as you beat the eggs, or adding the flour in small amounts with a spoon.
  4. Once you have a sticky dough of egg and flour, knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until it is smooth.  If the dough is too dry, add a little egg - if it's too wet, add a little flour. The process will take about 7-10 minutes. _Kneading: Fold the dough over itself and push into the dough, away from you with the heel of your hand.  Give the dough a quarter-turn and repeat._
  5. Separate the dough into balls and cover them, allowing them to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.

Rolling and Cutting the Pasta

If you have a pasta roller, you just need to follow the instructions given with your machine.  They're fairly inexpensive machines that allow you to roll and cut even strips of homemade pasta. Usually, you just form a square of dough approximately the size of your machine's opening. Keep inserting the dough into the machine until it reaches it's approximately 1/16th of an inch thick.

If you don't have a pasta roller, you can simply roll the dough flat and cut it with a knife or pizza slicer.

Cooking and Storing the Pasta

It's best if you use the pasta immediately, but fresh pasta will keep for about half a week if refrigerated and up to three months if frozen.  Fresh pasta cooks very quickly - usually in 1-2 minutes in boiling water, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in a Yummly recipe even faster!

Here are a few recipes to try:

Basic Pasta Dough (No Egg)

Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli

Spinach Pasta

Quick Potato Gnocchi

Whole Wheat Pasta

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