You’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s not the same as the packaged stuff. This recipe has only two (or three) ingredients and does not require a pasta machine to roll it out, although it does speed up the process and rob you of a great workout. I originally got the recipe from Jamie Oliver, but have since tweaked the measurements and added a few tips that I had to learn the hard way! You will taste and feel a difference from the first bite when you try these homemade noodles. They’re definitely more work than opening a box, but they will be worth it. This recipe makes 6 generous servings because, when I make pasta, I don’t fool around.
Delicious, Homemade Pasta
Approx. 4-5 cups plain flour
Olive oil (optional)
Measure about 4 cups of flour into a bowl (keep 1- 1 ½ cups available for adjustments and to keep it from sticking when you roll it out). Create a well in the middle and crack the eggs in. You can add a drizzle of olive oil if you want.
Start mixing with a wooden spoon until it looks like a crumbly mess, then pour out onto a floured surface and knead by hand. It may seem like it will never become dough–be persistent and watch the magic happen.
Once you have a tough dough which resembles tan/pale yellow Play-Doh, wrap it in plastic wrap and allow it to relax in the fridge for at least an hour while you relax your wrists in preparation for the next step. You can leave it overnight but not for more than 24 hours or the dough will go bad.
Remove from the fridge and let it warm up on the counter just a little for a few minutes so that it’s a little easier to work with. Then cut the dough ball into eight pieces for easiest rolling. Dust your surface with flour and roll out your first piece of dough as thin as you can (about 1/16 of an inch). I find that short, quick rolls over a small part of the dough at a time tends to be more effective than long rolls over the entire piece of dough.
Once the dough is rolled out to the desired thickness, loosely roll it up like you’re making cinnamon rolls and then slice it as thick or thin as you want your noodles to be.
Unroll the noodles and set them aside while you repeat this with the rest of the dough. Make sure that you dust the dough with flour if it starts to become sticky at any time otherwise you’ll end up with a funnel cake-like mess.
Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Once all of your noodles are created, throw them into the pot of boiling water and stand by. They’ll float to the surface when they’re cooked. This only takes about 1-2 minutes so don’t walk away from them or you’ll end up with tough noodles. Scoop them onto a plate as soon as they float up, pour on whatever sauce you want, dish up some sides (try my Lemony Roasted Broccoli!) and get a napkin tucked into your shirt collar.