Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe

Chef Dan Catanio , On April 8, 2023


Homemade Pasta dough recipe overview

This pasta dough recipe is one to remember. It is so easy yet so versatile. With this basic “pasta fresca” or fresh pasta in Italian you can make all kinds of pasta including elbow pasta, bowtie pasta, penne pasta, linguine pasta, lasagna noodles, and so much more.

Homemade Pasta dough recipe ingredients and kitchen tools

How to make pasta dough recipe

Ingredients and Kitchen tools for This Pasta Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Homemade pasta dough recipe video instructions

Homemade Pasta dough recipe Instructions

  1. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix them together to combine the salt and flour.

  2. Dump the flour onto a cutting board or baking table and create a well in the center.

  3. Crack the eggs into the well and beat them lightly with a fork.

  4. Using your hands or a fork, gradually mix the flour into the eggs until a dough forms. The exact ingredients are tricky since eggs might be slightly bigger or smaller; the dough you use could be slightly different, it could be an especially humid day…. All of these things will affect how much flour you will need. So make minor adjustments as you go.

  5. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 8-10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. If you have a table top dough mixer, you can go ahead and toss all your ingredients in with your dough hook attachment and let it run until it forms a big ball. Let it keep whipping around in there. Stay by the mixer and watch the mixer carefully. Add four if you see the consistency is too mushy.

  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  7. Make Your Pasta Shapes

  8. After 30 minutes, unwrap the dough and cut it into pieces. Roll out each piece into thin sheets using a rolling pin or a pasta machine.

  9. Cut the pasta sheets into your desired shape, such as fettuccine or spaghetti.

  10. Cook and Serve Your Fresh Homemade Pasta

  11. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water for 2-4 minutes or until al dente.

  12. Enjoy your homemade pasta with a marinara sauce or pesto sauce, some grated parmesan cheese and serve as a side paired with protein of choice or as a complete meal!

Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe Notes

What type of flour should I use for this homemade pasta dough recipe? You can use all-purpose flour, semola flour, or type “00” flour.

Do I have to rest my homemade pasta dough recipe? Yes. While the dough won’t rise, since there is no yeast in pasta dough, allowing the pasta dough to rest will build up the gluten network. You have a dough that’s incredibly elastic and springy. The resting period allows the flour to continue to hydrate, and the gluten network to relax. Most experts will tell you that if you tried to roll out your dough at this point, it would be too dry and too elastic to roll out to then create your pasta shape.

Can I refrigerate or freeze my homemade pasta dough? If you store the pasta dough in the fridge it will gradually acquire a grayish color. This color will not affect flavor or texture, but does make for a disappointing presentation. Instead, try placing the wrapped ball into a zipper-lock bag, removing as much air as possible, and then you can freeze it for up to three weeks. When you are ready to use your homemade pasta dough, thaw it in the refrigerator until it’s soft and pliant to the touch.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.