Making homemade pasta from scratch is a rewarding culinary experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you master the art of making fresh pasta:


– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 2 large eggs

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– Water (if needed)


  1. Create a Work Surface: Clear a clean countertop or table surface for kneading and rolling out the pasta dough. Dust it lightly with flour to prevent sticking.
  2. Make a Well: In a mound of flour, create a well or indentation in the center. This is where you’ll mix the wet and dry ingredients.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Crack the eggs into the well and add the salt. Using a fork, gradually whisk the eggs, incorporating flour into the mixture as you go. Continue mixing until a shaggy, crumbly dough begins to form.
  4. Knead the Dough: Fold the dough with your hands until it comes together. If it feels too dry, you can moisten your hands with water and continue kneading. If it’s too wet, add a little flour. Knead for about 8-10 minutes until you have a smooth, elastic dough.
  5. Rest the Dough: Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap or cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Resting the dough relaxes the gluten, making it easier to roll out and shape.
  6. Roll Out the Dough: Divide the rested dough into smaller portions. Take one portion and flatten it with your hands. Dust it with flour to prevent sticking. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a thin sheet. If you have a pasta machine, you can use it to roll out the dough gradually to your desired thickness.
  7. Cut and Shape the Pasta: Once the sheet of dough is rolled out, you can cut it into various shapes. For fettuccine or tagliatelle, use a sharp knife or a pasta machine attachment to create long, flat ribbons. For ravioli or tortellini, use a cutter or shape the pasta dough into individual pieces, then fill and seal with your desired filling.
  8. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fresh pasta and cook for 2-3 minutes or until al dente. Fresh pasta cooks much quicker than dried pasta, so keep an eye on it to avoid overcooking.
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Drain the cooked pasta and toss it with your favorite sauce or toppings. Fresh pasta pairs well with simple sauces like olive oil, garlic, and herbs, allowing the flavors of the homemade pasta to shine.

Making homemade pasta may take a bit of practice, but with time, you’ll become more comfortable with the process. Enjoy the satisfaction of serving freshly made pasta and impressing your guests with your culinary skills!

By Duke