Basic Pasta Dough

Lunch / Dinner

Basic Pasta Dough

Our homemade pasta dough recipe includes the simplest of ingredients, and once you get a feel for the texture of the dough, you’ll be making pasta like a pro.

The best part about making pasta — it’s fun. There’s almost something magical about it. But, don’t expect homemade pasta to taste like the dried kind you buy in the store. This basic pasta is similar to what is made in Northern Italy because they, too, use an all-purpose type flour and whole eggs. Not only does this pasta have rich flavor, you can’t match the tenderness of the dough with anything commercially made.

Making fresh pasta is fun and satisfying, and it’s not that hard, it just takes a little practice. When your guests eat your homemade pasta, they’ll think you’re a cooking wizard. Let’s get started.


about 1¼ pounds

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Pulse both flours and salt together in a food processor.

Whisk eggs and oil together in a measuring cup with a pour spout. With machine running, add egg mixture to flour until dough forms around the blade.

Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand on until smooth. divide dough in quarters, wrap each in plastic, and let rest at least 15 minutes before kneading with the pasta maker or shaping.


Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour and process a minute or two until dough forms around the blade.


Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until it’s quite stiff and smooth.


Set rollers to widest level and crank dough through, then dust dough with flour and fold in thirds.


Keep kneading dough by folding and cranking through the maker at #1, short side first, until smooth (about 10 times).


To roll the dough, decrease the thickness one setting each time. At #4, cut the dough in half and roll halves separately.


Have a friend help you “catch” the cut strands of pasta, and lay them on a cornmeal-coated baking sheet.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 187

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4g 6%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Cholesterol 95mg 31%

Sodium 270mg 11%

Carbs 29g 9%

Protein 7g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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