Homemade pasta is not only easy, but fun for everyone! Here are a few of our favorite homemade pasta recipes so you can make your own pasta at home today!
Technically, you can make homemade pasta without any special equipment. You just need your hands for mixing, a rolling pin, and a knife. BUT, having the pasta roller and cutters make this process significantly easier! If you already have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, then getting the pasta roller attachments is a must!
But if you aren’t ready to splurge on the attachments, or if you don’t have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, here are a few options that will make pasta making a bit easier. The hand crank pasta roller and this 5 wheel adjustable pastry cutter make good inexpensive replacements for the Kitchen Aid sets.
What flour should I use?
The best flour for making this pasta is Tipo 00. This flour is refined more than typical all purpose flour, giving the pasta a smoother and silkier texture once cooked.
If you do not have or cannot find Tipo 00, you can use bread flour or all purpose flour. We have done a side-by-side comparison of the Tipo 00 and AP flour and found no difference in flavor or ratio of ingredients, but you may want to cook your AP flour pasta slightly longer (about 30 s to 1 min longer).
Multipurpose Pasta Dough
We first made pasta from scratch during our first trip to Italy several years ago, and since then you can find us making pasta at least once a week! We experimented with several versions of this recipe and eventually landed on this one, which we feel is a true winner! Unlike some heavy egg pastas out there with a dozen egg yolks, this one has a good balance of eggs along with the addition of milk and melted butter giving it a beautiful silky texture. This version with butter and milk is not the most traditional, but we absolutely love the mouthfeel and texture that these additions bring to the pasta dough.
Additionally, once you cut your pasta into your desired shape, this dough freezes nicely so that you can have pasta in a pinch whenever you want!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes we make with this particular dough:
This delicious pasta that can be cut by hand with a knife (no machine necessary for cutting) is perfect for a nice hearty sauce of mushrooms and sausage.
This super easy and fresh Summer dish is perfect for a hot day when spending hours in the kitchen is just not an option.
We always serve our Chicken Piccata with a nice homemade spaghetti or fettuccine to soak up all that tasty Caper Lemon Butter Sauce.
Pumpkin Ravioli is always a delight in the Fall when the weather starts to cool down. But we often make this Parmesan Cream Sauce with a variety of pasta dishes throughout the year!
Fettuccine is probably the pasta cut we make the most in this house. And it is the perfect cut for this Winter Spiced Cream Sauce with Rosemary Sage Meatballs.
This super easy pasta dish is anything but simple when it comes to flavor. It is perfect for summer when zucchini and tomatoes are in season!
Pasta Cutting and Shapes
For lasagna sheets, leave your sheets whole then cut them to the length of your baking dish and trim the width as needed.
To trim the sheets of pasta into cannelloni sheets, cut the sheets into rectangles measuring 5 x 4 inches (about 12 x 10 cm). Then lay the cannelloni rectangles out on a flat surface and place filling (approx 3-4 tbsp or 75 g per tube) along the center of the cannelloni sheet. Roll the long ends together so that they overlap about ½ inch (1-2 cm). Then add extra filling to the ends so that the cannelloni is filled completely.
Technically spaghetti is cylindrical in shape, and therefore is made by extruding your pasta. We do this with our machine, but it is just fine to roll it out and cut it as well. By doing this, you are basically making a small version of fettuccine. For spaghetti, take your pasta sheets and cut them into strips approximately ⅛ inch (1-2mm) wide.
For fettuccine, take your pasta sheets and cut them into strips approximately ¼ inch (6-7mm) wide.
For pappardelle, take your pasta sheets and cut them into strips approximately 1 inch (25 mm) wide.
To make ravioli, cut your pasta sheets into squares measuring 3 x 3 inches (7 x 7 cm). Once you have squares, add about 1-2 tsp of filling to the center of one square, dip your finger in water and run it along the edges of the square. Take another square and place it on top and press down around the filling to seal the edges. Try to avoid sealing the ravioli with too much air in the pocket with the filling. Crimp the edges with a fork or use a ravioli cutter to cut the edges. Set aside on a parchment paper-lined sheet tray dusted with flour.
If you made the pasta and need some sauce recommendations, check out some of our sauce recipes here:
- Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Ragù
- Marinara Sauce from Scratch
- Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Cream Sauce
- The Best Homemade Shrimp Scampi
- Crunchy Chicken with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce
- Italian Pizza Sauce
Looking for more delicious Italian dishes??
In 2021, we did a
little … ok a BIG thing! We wrote our very first cookbook: Mangiamo!
This cookbook features 60 recipes including a variety of pasta dishes, from spaghetti, cavatelli, lasagna, and cannelloni, to potato, ricotta, and sweet potato gnocchi varieties. We also included some of our favorite meat and seafood dishes, appetizers and small bites, desserts and cocktails. It really has everything we love in one package!
Find out more HERE. Preorders are now open and the book will be released in early April 2022.