Homemade Pasta Dough

Something everyone needs to get in their heads is that homemade pasta doesn’t have to be some outlandish, time consuming activity that can’t be done by normal people who have jobs. It’s simple and inexpensive to make. And for what work you do put into it yields delicious results. You will notice that this is a dual recipe post. I can only say that there are many different ways to make pasta, and after accumulating all of our research for this month, we were able to create two separate recipes that represented what we found. The first version is something that we refer to as everyday pasta which costs less to make, makes more, and still tastes delicious. The second version is a more fancy interpretation of pasta that we lovingly refer to as “sexy pasta,” which is much richer than its everyday counterpart and uses more ingredients to create less. It is rather delicious and is totally worth the effort. The only downside we can think of for sexy pasta is that we have a bunch of leftover egg whites that we are never quite sure what to do with. (We really, really hope you like meringues…) You can decide which dough is right for you in any given situation. The way we think of it is, if you’re just throwing dinner together for a weeknight meal, use every day. If you’re cooking for someone cute…use sexy pasta. Again, it’s up to you!

Everyday Pasta:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 fresh eggs

In a bowl, mix the salt and flour together then create a shallow well with the mixture. Beat the eggs in a bowl then put them into the flour well.

Gradually mix the flour with the eggs with your hands. When the eggs have absorbed all the flour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it onto a working surface with a dusting of flour.

Knead the dough until all ingredients are completely incorporated and the dough becomes slightly elastic. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for half an hour before using.

Note: The resting period is essential unless you are using a pasta extruder. If this is the case, do not allow the dough to rest. For extrusion, dough needs to be at room temperature and the machine will soften the dough on its own.

Yields 4 servings of pasta

Sexy Pasta:

  • 1 cup flour + 1–2 tbs. as needed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 fresh egg yolks

In a bowl, mix the salt and flour together then create a shallow well with the flour. Add the eggs to the well and whisk them until they are well mixed. Gradually mix the flour with the egg yolks with your hands. When the eggs have absorbed all the flour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it onto a working surface with a dusting of flour. Knead the dough until all ingredients are completely incorporated and the dough becomes slightly elastic. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for half an hour before using.

Yields 2–4 servings of pasta

Note: The resting period is essential unless you are using a pasta extruder. If this is the case, do not allow the dough to rest. For extrusion, dough needs to be at room temperature and the machine will soften the dough on its own.