How to Make Homemade Pasta
So, you might be thinking: what’s the big deal about homemade pasta? I can just head over to the grocery store and buy a big box of noodles for a few bucks and be done!
But in your heart of hearts, you know the difference — you’ve been to that amazing, authentic Italian restaurant and you’ve felt it. As you dig into your pasta amatriciana, you wonder, “Why doesn’t my pasta at home taste like this?”
Maybe you chalk it up to the sauce — “It must be this tomato sauce. It’s probably been cooking for hours; the flavors are perfect!”
Allow me to let you in on a little secret: it’s not the sauce. Or, maybe part of it is the sauce. But mostly, it’s the pasta. That fresh, homemade pasta that is velvety smooth, grabs onto the sauce just perfectly, and swirls around your fork like a dream — and now you’ve decided you need that experience in your own kitchen. (We don’t blame you.)
Now, let’s make some pasta!
You will need two ingredients.
Yep, you read that right — just unbleached AP flour and eggs.
You will need a 1:1 ratio of flour and eggs. (We used about 300 grams of flour and 3 whole eggs.)
Work through this mixture with your hands, gently combining the 2 ingredients until a soft dough forms. Then turn onto a floured surface and knead well. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Once dough has chilled, cut into fourths and roughly roll each fourth out onto a floured surface. Set up your KitchenAid stand mixer (we used the 8-quart KSM 89…you can call us at 800-344-2455 and we’ll put one on hold for you!) with a pasta-making attachment (like this one) and feed the dough, one-fourth at a time, through the roller, starting with the thickest side at the thickest setting. After you have fed the dough through twice on this setting, flour it once more and feed it through at the next smallest setting. After this, continue to feed and flour it, with the settings getting thinner and thinner each time, until the dough is at your desired thickness.
At this point, you can either set the dough on your worktop and cut into desired noodle sizes, or you can attach a noodle-cutting tool to your device and select the noodle style you’d like to cut.
…and there you go! You have now made your very own homemade pasta!
One thing to note: fresh pasta takes much less time to cook than the average store-bought boxed pasta. Drop these noodles into a pot of boiling, salted water for about 2 minutes and they will be perfectly cooked and ready to toss with your favorite sauce!