Have you ever made fresh pasta before? Well, I love making it, so I’m sharing pictures today with step-by-step instructions for you to see and use. I’m a visual person so I’m hoping these pictures show you how easy it is to make.
There is something so wonderful about a pot of soup simmering on the stove or in a slow cooker. You may have grown up watching your grandma make noodles, am I right?
After you see how I made this easy recipe you may ask yourself, “Why haven’t I made fresh pasta before now.”
Step 1 Grab a Bowl
Grab a large bowl and make a mound with the flour and salt.
Step 2 Make a Well
Create a well in the flour/salt mixture and place the eggs with the olive oil in the middle of the well.
Step 3 Start to Whisk
Using a fork, gradually and gently whisk the eggs, eventually incorporating your flour until all ingredients are stiff but still moist and a dough is formed. Knead until smooth, but not sticky or tacky (about 10 min), and then cover with a damp cloth or put in plastic wrap to rest for 20 minutes.
Step 4 Sprinkle Flour
Sprinkle flour on the countertop or another workspace where you plan on cutting the fresh pasta. Grab a rolling pin and sprinkle flour on it. Roll out to desired thickness. I prefer my noodles to be 1/8-inch thick and 3/8-inch wide (approximately).
Step 5 Cut the Dough
I use a pizza cutter to cut them and a ruler to keep my noodles somewhat straight. Oh my gosh, it’s so fun to make them, you will love making fresh pasta! Here’s a great Pizza Cutter if you don’t have one.
Step 6 Ready to Cook
Now, you can cook the noodles right away or dry them to cook later. You may want to use a Pasta Hanger or you can hang them over anything that you have in the kitchen.
Step 7 Six Qts Water to One Pound Pasta
Just a note: You need 6 quarts of salted water for every pound of fresh pasta you want to boil. It will cook faster than store-bought pasta.
It will cook in 1-3 minutes depending on how thick you cut the pasta. I do the taste test to see if it’s tender after cooking for 1-3 minutes. Drain, and serve with your favorite topping.
Step 8 Let it Dry
Let it dry to cook it later.
Step 9 Let it Dry After Cooking
Let it dry for at least 30 minutes before packaging it up to store in the refrigerator or the freezer.
How Can I Use Freshly Cooked Pasta?
How Do I Store The Fresh Pasta?
After letting the homemade pasta dry, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze My Fresh Pasta?
After letting the homemade pasta dry, you can freeze them in freezer bags or in airtight containers. They will store safely in the freezer for about 8 months. When cooking the frozen pasta, allow a few more minutes to cook it until done.
Homemade Fresh Pasta
- 1-1/4 cup flour (I use bread flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 eggs
Place the flour and salt in a mound in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle with your finger. Place eggs and olive oil in the middle of your well. Using a fork, gradually and gently whisk the eggs, eventually incorporating your flour until all ingredients are stiff but still moist and a dough is formed. Knead until smooth, but not sticky or tacky (about 10 min), and then cover with a damp cloth or put in plastic wrap to rest for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle flour on the workspace or area where you will roll out the dough. Place the dough on the workspace and cut into sections to roll out as needed. Use a pizza cutter or knife to make your noodles. This recipe works great in pasta machines as well.
Once the noodles are cut, sprinkle them with a little flour to keep them from sticking. You can cook them right away (that’s what I do) or hang them to dry and use them at a later time.
Grab a large pot and boil the water with salt added to cook the pasta. You need 6 quarts of water to every pound of pasta you make. Homemade pasta cooks faster than the dried pasta you buy in the store. It cooks in 1-3 minutes depending on how thick you roll it out.
Please let me know if you make your own pasta. I buy Grandma’s Frozen Pasta to keep in the freezer in case of an emergency, but my favorite noodles are the fresh pasta ones I make.
Let me know if you try making them for yourself or teach others to make them. It’s all about being able to be prepared for the unexpected. If you don’t eat carbs, that’s okay.
Please teach your kids and grandkids to make fresh pasta. It may save their life. They will never go hungry if they know how to make pasta. May God bless this world, Linda