Pasta – Try It Homemade

Sure, it’s easy to boil some water and open up a box of pasta, but is it fun?  Homemade pasta is rustic, delicious, and a lot of fun to make.  You will be surprised at how good homemade pasta tastes, and if your kids did the cooking, the meal will be gone in minutes.

It takes just a few ingredients to make homemade pasta, but it does take some time.  The dough needs to rest during the process, so your kids will want to start making the pasta about 2 hours before you will want to eat.  The homemade pasta can also be made in advance, and boiled within a couple of days.

Traditionally, homemade pasta is just made with flour and water.  Optional ingredients are olive oil and salt.  Here’s our recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
ingredients for homemade pasta

These four ingredients combine into a delicious plate of pasta!

Yes, that’s it!  Nothing fancy here!  This makes enough pasta for 4 people.

Next, comes the fun!  Or I could say, mess!  The dough can be mixed together in a bowl, but we do everything on the counter top.  The messier, the better!  The mess starts with dumping the flour onto the counter and making a well in the center of the pile.

Making homemade pasta

Make a well in the center of the flour.

Then crack 2 eggs into the center of the well.

Eggs for homemade pasta

Add the eggs to the flour.

Add the olive oil and the salt to the eggs.  Then, using a fork, start to beat the eggs while incorporating a little bit of the flour at a time.  Keep mixing the ingredients together until the dough starts to form a ball.

mixing the ingredients for homemade pasta

This is where it starts to get messy…

Once the dough forms into a ball, add a light layer of flour to the countertop and knead the dough for about a minute.  Then cover the dough ball with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

After the dough rests, gather up all of the kids because it’s time to start kneading the dough.  The dough needs to be kneaded for 6 – 8 minutes.

kneading the pasta dougn

I hate kneading dough, but she doesn’t! Yes!

It should look like this when you are done.  It will feel smooth and not tacky.

Pasta dough

Smooth pasta dough…

Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.  This will allow you to roll it out much easier.  Time for the kids to clean up all the flour that is likely to be everywhere.

When it’s time for rolling out the dough, lightly flour the surface, and start rolling.  The homemade pasta dough needs to be very thin.  This dough ball should roll out into a 18-20 inch circle.  You can also use a pasta machine to get your thin sheets of pasta.

Rolled out pasta dough

The pasta needs to be thin, almost to the point that you can see through it.

Let the rolled out dough rest for 10 minutes, so it can start to dry out.  Then it’s time to cut the pasta.  We use a pizza cutter with a plastic blade and cut thin strips of dough.  For some reason, the kids love to eat the scraps.  Eww.

Cutting pasta

Cutting the dough and saving some scraps to play with.

The strips of pasta need to dry before cooking.  They should dry for 30 minutes or so.  If you are going to boil the pasta another night, let the pasta dry completely before storing.

Drying pasta

It’s not pretty, but it sure tastes good!

Put on a large pot of water to boil.  Once it’s boiling, add about 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta.  Homemade pasta only takes a couple of minutes to boil.  Stir the pasta, and once it floats, taste it to see if it’s done.  When it’s cooked to your liking, drain the noodles and serve.

Homemade noodles taste amazing with just a little bit of butter, pepper, and parmesan.  Or top them with your favorite sauce.  You will have some proud kids who can now say they’ve made homemade pasta!

homemade pasta and sauce

Homemade pasta with meat sauce.

Most kids love noodles, but have they ever made their own?  Homemade pasta has only 4 ingredients and is a lot of fun for kids to make!

Homemade Pasta

22 Comments

  • Amber August 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I love pasta but I’ve never tried making it myself. I’ll have to try it!

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      You won’t be disappointed!

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  • Alyx August 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I have made pasta twice from scratch. It is sort of like making pie dough. You get more comfortable with each time you make it.

    I would like trying to dry it so it would be more convenient to use during the week.

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 11:57 am

      You’re right, practice makes perfect! I have yet to master pie dough, but it’s fun to keep trying!

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  • Michael @ Super Millennial August 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Wow this looks so good, I love homemade pasta!

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks! Homemade is always better!

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  • Cat August 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

    We were surprised when we first made pasta too–definitely a lot easier than you’d think!

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Yep, so easy a kid can make it!

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  • FM August 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I make homemade applesauce and it always taste better than the store bought.

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

      I love homemade applesauce, it makes the house smell so good!

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  • Stephanie August 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve never tried to make my own pasta, but it seems fairly easy and fun! And I bet my boys would have fun making it with me too.

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    • Vicki August 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Definitely give it a try!

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  • Leah August 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I have never made my own pasta, but now I am inspired to try it, and with the kiddos! How fun!

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    • Vicki August 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      It’s so easy and tasty! Have fun!

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  • Rachel Ritlop August 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Ooo I’ve never been quite brave enough to attempt homemade pasta, but you make it sound so easy! I may just have to give it a try now!

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    • Vicki August 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      You’ll be surprised at how good it tastes too!

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  • Joline August 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Oh we’ve always wanted to make our own pasta but we’re kind of intimidated by the whole thing. But hey, if your adorable little sous chef can do it, perhaps we can too 🙂

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    • Vicki August 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Definitely, give it a try!

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  • Ruthie Ridley August 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    My kids would love to do this!!

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    • Vicki August 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Who wouldn’t love to make a little bit of a mess in the kitchen?!

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  • Sarah Althouse August 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve never made my own pasta but you’re right, it does look fun!

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    • Vicki August 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      It also tastes so much better than pasta out of the box!

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