Homemade Pasta

Learn how to make pasta at home! This 4-ingredient homemade pasta recipe is easy to make, and it yields chewy, delicious noodles every time.

Homemade pasta recipe

This homemade pasta recipe is our new favorite cooking project! Lately, Jack and I have been spending even more time than usual in the kitchen, experimenting with bread, baked goods, and even okonomiyaki. But we keep coming back to homemade pasta. It’s super fun to make together, and it only requires a handful of basic ingredients. Of course, the fact that it’s absolutely delicious doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

My homemade pasta recipe refers to the pasta maker attachment for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, which is how we roll out our fresh pasta at home. If you don’t have a KitchenAid, don’t worry! You could also roll out this pasta dough according to the instructions on a regular pasta maker. However you make it, I hope you try this recipe. It’s an easy, fun way to spend an hour in the kitchen with someone you love, and at the end, you get to eat a big plate of chewy noodles with a perfect al dente bite.

Flour, eggs, salt, and olive oil

Homemade Pasta Recipe Ingredients

You only need 4 ingredients to make delicious fresh pasta at home, and there’s a good chance you have all of them on hand already:

  • All-purpose flour – In the past, I thought you needed 00 flour or semolina flour to make great fresh pasta, but this homemade pasta recipe proved me wrong. In it, regular all-purpose flour yields chewy, bouncy noodles every time.
  • Eggs – The key ingredient for adding richness and moisture to the dough!
  • Olive oil – Along with the eggs, a splash of olive oil moistens the dough and helps it come together.
  • Salt – Add it to the dough and the pasta water for the best flavor.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Whisking eggs in mound of flour

How to Make Pasta

Ready to learn how to make pasta? Check out this step-by-step guide first, and then find the full recipe at the bottom of this post!

First, make a nest with the flour on a clean work surface. Add the remaining ingredients to the center and use a fork to gently break up the eggs. Try to keep the flour walls intact as best as you can!

Kneading eggs and flour together

Next, use your hands to gently mix in the flour. Continue working the dough to bring it together into a shaggy ball.

Fresh pasta dough

Then, knead! At the beginning, the dough should feel pretty dry, but stick with it! It might not feel like it’s going to come together, but after 8-10 minutes of kneading, it should become cohesive and smooth:

Homemade pasta recipe dough

If the dough still seems too dry, sprinkle your fingers with water and continue kneading to incorporate it into the dough. If the dough becomes too sticky, dust more flour onto your work surface.

When the dough comes together, shape it into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Fresh pasta dough cut into 4 pieces

After the dough rests, slice it into 4 pieces.

Rolling out homemade pasta

Use a rolling pin or your hands to gently flatten one into an oval disk.

How to make pasta with a stand mixer

Then, run it through the widest setting of your pasta maker (level 1 on the KitchenAid attachment). I run the dough through the pasta maker 3 times on this setting before proceeding to the next step. If you don’t have the KitchenAid attachment, roll out the dough according to your pasta maker’s instructions.

Folding ends of dough rectangle to meet in the middle

Next, fold the dough… if you want to. This step is somewhat optional, but it will make your final pasta sheet more rectangular, which will yield more long strands of pasta. Plus, it’s super simple! Just lay the dough flat and fold both short ends in to meet in the center.

Rectangle of fresh pasta dough

Then, fold it in half lengthwise to form a rectangle.

How to make fresh pasta with a stand mixer attachment

Once you’ve folded the dough, roll it out to your desired thickness. On my KitchenAid attachment, I run it through the pasta roller three times on level 2, three times on level 3, and one time each on levels 4, 5, and 6.

Repeat these steps with the remaining dough pieces. Each time you finish with a piece of dough, lay one half of it on a lightly floured baking sheet. Sprinkle the dough with flour, and fold the other half on top. Sprinkle the top with flour, too!

Homemade pasta dough on a baking sheet

Finally, cut and cook the pasta. Run the pasta sheets through your desired pasta cutter attachment. Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute, and enjoy!

Homemade pasta recipe

Homemade Pasta Serving Suggestions

If you’ve never had fresh pasta before, you’re in for a treat! Its chewy, bouncy texture and rich flavor make it so much better than the dried pasta at the store. In fact, these noodles are so good that we usually serve them really simply. They’re fantastic with marinara sauce, pesto, homemade Alfredo sauce, or olive oil and vegan Parmesan or Parmesan cheese.

Of course, they’re delicious in larger pasta dishes, too. Use them instead of dried pasta in any of these recipes:

Find more of my favorite pasta recipes here!

Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 482 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
Resting Time: 30 mins
Serves 3 to 4
This fresh homemade pasta is SO delicious and easy to make! Serve it simply with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, or use it in your favorite pasta recipes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the flour on a clean work surface and make a nest. Add the eggs, olive oil, and salt to the center and use a fork to gently break up the eggs, keeping the flour walls intact as best as you can. Use your hands to gently bring the flour inward to incorporate. Continue working the dough with your hands to bring it together into a shaggy ball.
  • Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. At the beginning, the dough should feel pretty dry, but stick with it! It might not feel like it’s going to come together, but after 8-10 minutes of kneading, it should become cohesive and smooth. If the dough still seems too dry, sprinkle your fingers with a tiny bit of water to incorporate. If it’s too sticky, dust more flour onto your work surface. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Dust 2 large baking sheets with flour and set aside.
  • Slice the dough into four pieces. Gently flatten one into an oval disk. Run the dough through the Pasta Roller Attachment three times on level 1 (the widest setting).
  • Set the dough piece onto a countertop or work surface. Fold both short ends in to meet in the center, then fold the dough in half to form a rectangle (see photo above).
  • Run the dough through the pasta roller three times on level 2, three times on level 3, and one time each on levels 4, 5, and 6.
  • Lay half of the pasta sheet onto the floured baking sheet and sprinkle with flour before folding the other half on top. Sprinkle more flour on top of the second half. Every side should be floured so that your final pasta noodles won't stick together.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Run the pasta sheets through the Pasta Cutter Attachment (pictured is the fettuccine cutter). Repeat with remaining dough. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.

Notes

Fresh pasta can be stored in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 2 days. 

adapted from Serious Eats

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  1. Lauri
    01.28.2022

    can you mix and knead the dough in the kitchen aid?..mix first with flat paddle and then dough hook?

  2. Jan Thom
    01.24.2022

    Are there any variations to this recipe? Like spinach noodles, tomato, etc?

  3. Judy Erickson
    01.22.2022

    I want a good and easy Pasta maker Receipe!!

  4. Jean Piontek
    01.20.2022

    Why do you knead by hand when the Kitchenaid mixer could do it?

    • Kay's Kitchen
      01.24.2022

      You want to feel how the dough is coming together, add water if to dry or flour if to wet. Practicing getting your dough at the right consistency is a special thing. Eggs are not always the same exact weight, so your hands will guide you into the perfect consistency. Not to dry not sticky. Getting this perfection will determine how your next batches will turn out. Practicing to be artisan can be tricky.

    • moe
      01.27.2022

      I just did mine with a mixer with the dough hook attachment and it worked better then doing it by hand I did have to add a little bit of water as per the recipe but other then that it was amazing . hope this helps .

  5. Dawn Schafer
    01.19.2022

    5 stars
    My daughter gave me a pasta machine this Christmas….so her and I made this pasta recipe today for pappardelle. I was thrilled this recipe only called for 4 ingredients and was so easy to follow. This made our pasta making experience fun, and it tasted light and delicious! Thanks so much.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.20.2022

      Hi Dawn, I’m so glad you both enjoyed the recipe!

  6. Phil Weimer
    01.19.2022

    4 stars
    Great, simple recipe. Seemed way too crumbly however I did substitute a quarter cup of wheat flour for the white flour; I just added a tad more oil and water as I kneaded (and needed! Ha!). There is nothing like homemade pasta. Thanks

  7. moshe
    01.15.2022

    5 stars
    my wife bought me a pasta maker and i just made this pasta recipe! its amazing!!!! we made an egg yolk ravioli and this recipe was really easy to follow and it really enhanced the taste!!!! thanx for this recipe and i cant wait to make it again!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.16.2022

      I’m so glad your ravioli turned out so well!

  8. Cynthia Leathers
    01.15.2022

    5 stars
    Just got a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas and I was eager to use the pasta attachment. Not gonna lie, I was a little scared…so I was really happy to come across this recipe! Loved that the instructions were so detailed and easy to follow. Everything turned out 100% perfect! My husband said it was the best pasta he ever had, including when we went to Italy! Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I look forward to trying more.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.16.2022

      Hi Cynthia, I’m so so thrilled that the instructions were easy to follow! Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

  9. Angie White
    01.12.2022

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it’s so good. I did a modification to it. Since I raised ducks, I used 2 duck eggs plus 2 tablespoons of water. Worked out great, plus it gives it a more “eggy and deeper yellow pasta. Thank you for a great recipe.

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