Thursday, January 31, 2013

Recipe for Pasta Dough

Pasta love!  I love making pasta for my family and my family loves to eat it.  Here is a basic dough recipe, which is how I started making my home-made pasta many years ago.

Pasta Dough
4-5 eggs
1 pound of all purpose flour

Make a flour shaped volcano on your counter.  Put 4 eggs into the hole and slowly mix the flour with the eggs.  (I like to start with my index finger in the center of the egg mixture to break the yolks and then gradually mix in the flour).  If you need to soften the dough, you can add another egg, a little water, or a little olive oil.  Continue to knead the dough until you have a soft smooth ball.  Wrap your ball in a towel and let rest a few minutes.

Ok, that's it! Now you can roll and cut your dough into pasta, or use an Atlas rolling machine to roll and cut. Here is a picture of the Atlas pasta machine that I use.  I still have it after 25 years and it is still working....unlike my electric pasta machines that gave up years ago.

If I had the money, I would consider getting another electric pasta machine, just for convenience, or a Kitchen Aid mixer and a pasta attachment.  Is there anything that Kitchen Aid mixer can't do? 

A few years ago, Avec Eric was on PBS making ravioli with Giovanna Carcasci, here is the link: Making Ravioli. The video was very helpful for demonstrating how to make pasta and ravioli and I highly recommend that you watch it.  Enjoy and have fun making pasta.


  1. I love making homemade pasta. Thank you for reminding me how simple it is! I recently bought a ravioli stamp, but I haven't gotten around to using it yet.

    1. Hi Monica, yes, it's really easy, glad you love it too! I don't like my ravioli stamp because the pasta did not seal, and it was hard to separate the ravioli's. For me, folding the pasta, sealing it with a wash, pressing with the side of my hand and using a cutter is much easier and faster, and I can make bigger pieces of ravioli with more filling.

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