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Dinner Party: How to Make Your Own Homemade Pasta

Host a dinner party and put your friends and family to work! This post will help you make your own homemade pasta from scratch.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Dinner tabletop.

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Have you ever made your own pasta? It's not nearly as hard as you might think, as long as you have the right tools!

Ingredients you'll need for homemade pasta:

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Equipment you'll need:

See? Easy peasy.

You can also roll the dough out and slice the noodles by hand without the equipment, but I don't have pictures for that.

The pasta making is the fun part, but you can also make your own homemade marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, salad and/or veggie sides.

But first you might want to whip up a cheese plate. The work will make you hungry.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Cheese plate.

Start with a clean surface, and measure out 2 cups of flour. Make a well for the eggs and crack open 3 of them. A single batch is enough for about 4 servings. (The pictures are a TRIPLE recipe, so this is 6 cups of flour and 9 eggs.)

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Eggs in flour.

Add 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and olive oil, then get to kneading.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Knead the dough.

It will be a mess for a bit, but eventually it will be a smooth ball of dough.Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Kneading the dough.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Pasta dough.

Separate into smaller balls (4 for a single batch). Now it's time to use your machine or attachment!

Flatten it out slightly with your hands and then run it through the pasta roller. Start at a higher number (thicker) and work your way down to a smaller number (thinner) to get the desired thickness. Usually I make them as thin as they can be without getting holes.

On the topic of holes: it will probably happen the first couple times! Don't fret. Just fold the dough back up and run it back through until you get it smooth.
Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Flattening the dough.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Flattening the dough.
Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Flattened dough.

A stand-alone pasta machine usually has a hand crank. The KitchenAid attachment runs automatically which frees up a hand.

Either way you'll probably need a couple pairs of hands, especially if trying to snap a photo of your handiwork.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Making the noodles.

Using the cutter part of your pasta machine you'll make your noodles! Separate carefully and place on dryer rack.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Drying the noodles.

Repeat until all dough is flattened and cut.

Boil a big pot of water and then add the pasta. If you doubled or tripled the recipe you'll also want to do this in batches.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Boiling the noodles.

In just a couple minutes your pasta will be done! You'll know it's cooked when it floats to the top of the water.

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Boiling the noodles.
Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Cooked noodles.

Maybe you also want to chop up some fresh parsley?

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Fresh herbs.

Or make your own alfredo or marinara sauce?Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Alfredo sauce.

Roast up some brussels sprouts? (Cut up and roast at 400°F with some olive oil, salt and pepper until browned. Then top with fresh parmesan.)

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Brussels sprouts.

Finally, everyone can eat!

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Dinner plate.

Have you ever made homemade pasta?

Yield: 4

Make Your Own Homemade Pasta

Dinner Party: How to make your own pasta from scratch. Cooked noodles.

Host a dinner party and put your friends and family to work! This post will help you make your own homemade pasta from scratch.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (more for surface as needed)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. On a clean surface, measure out flour and make a well in the center.
  2. Add eggs, olive oil and salt to well and mix by hand to combine. (Can also use mixer if desired.)
  3. Knead by hand until smooth.
  4. Separate into 4 smaller balls.
  5. Using a pasta machine, flatten in stages working your way from higher numbers (thicker) to lower numbers (thinner) to as thin as desired. Will take several times through the machine to work your way down. Then use the pasta cutter part of the machine to make the noodles.
  6. Separate carefully and hang on pasta rack to let dry slightly. (Note: pasta does not need to dry completely, this is just a way to help separate noodles and store until ready to cook.)
  7. Repeat steps with remaining dough.
  8. In a large pot, boil water over high heat. Once boiling, add pasta. Once pasta is cooked (will only take a couple minutes) it will float to the top. Remove pasta from water.
  9. Serve with marinara or your desired sauces, salads and veggies!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Lindy

Thursday 20th of April 2017

I enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos, made me feel I was right there. Still getting over the "fear" of pasta. It's getting better...and you helped.

Kelly

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

So glad to hear that Lindy! It's a little intimidating the first time, but it's so worth it!

Olivia Mesquita

Friday 14th of April 2017

This makes me want to break out the pasta maker we have stashed away and give it another shot! I absolutely love that cheese spread and your table setting in the first photo - so elegant!

Kelly

Saturday 15th of April 2017

Thanks Olivia! I "borrowed" my aunt's kitchen and dining room set up for this, she has great decorating skills :)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Friday 14th of April 2017

Thanks for the detailed recipe. We love pasta and this is something that I have never made from scratch but has been in my to do list for a long time. I am yet to buy the KA pasta attachment and now I know what I need for my birthday.

traditionallymodernfood

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

I have never prepared homemade pasta. i enjoyed seeing the process. now i want to try it sometime

Kylee

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

I make pasta all the time, but I'm usually alone - so no one to help me take pics! I love the idea of getting guests involved in their pasta making.

Homemade food just tastes good!