Homemade Pasta Recipe

Over the weekend, my sweet grandmother (we call her Noni- it's grandma in Italian) gave me her pasta machine- said she never uses it. Since I LOVE cooking, I couldn't wait to give it a whirl.

We were having company for lunch on Saturday, so it seemed the perfect time to whip up a batch of homemade noodles- but I was a little nervous making a first time recipe for guests. I got to work kneading the ingredients from the recipe described in the machine's instruction manual- but found the dough to be very dry, lumpy and when I added more egg to try to "fix" it, very sticky. It was a disaster. Thankfully, I'd started preparing the meal early enough that I had time to google a new recipe and start over.

After posting that I'd made homemade pasta on Facebook, a few people requested the recipe, so I thought I'd share the one that worked well for me. Enjoy!

(This is for 4 servings)
2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until you can create a mound that you can remove and knead. I kneaded the dough on a cutting board for easy clean up. Knead until smooth and well homogenized.

Set the dough on the cutting board and cover with a clean damp towel or paper towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece 1/8" thin (flour the dough and rolling pin as needed* I'm assuming not everyone has a Noni who just gave them a pasta machine) and cut with a knife into long thin noodles. Repeat with the remaining three pieces of dough.

Lay the noodles onto a clean, dry towel to dry for 1-3 hours.

Boil as you would regular dried pasta, note, fresh pasta will reach al dente/readiness a bit sooner than dried pasta, so test it as you go for desired tenderness.


Sorry I don't have any pictures, but due to the first recipe being a bust, I was in a pretty big hurry and didn't get to snap photos for you. However, I will post a pic of my Noni, how's that? :-)
Noni is on the far left :-)


  1. Hi Natali,

    As the proud owner of a nonna myself (!), erm, nice post!

    What sauce did you go for?

    I'm a big pasta machine user and fan - mine is the Imperia traditional SP150 model.

    If you have a minute and wouldn't mind, you can 'review' your own machine over on my machine page. I'd really appreciate it!

    It's here - http://www.pasta-recipes-made-easy.com/best-pasta-maker.html

    All the best and - for next time - buon appetito!


  2. Good looking cooks all....


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