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How to make fresh pasta the easy way: our almost no knead pasta recipe

A super easy guide to fresh pasta at home that rivals the fancy Italian place in town.
Posted November 26, 2019 by Mike
Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town.

Making fresh pasta can be a little daunting at first, but it’s super easy and so much tastier than the boxed stuff. You’ll really be able to appreciate the tastiness of the noodle. It’s rewarding to know you made everything on the plate with your own two hands and after a couple of times, you’ll get the hang of it so quickly that you’ll wonder why you never made it before.

Cooking Notes

This method for making pasta relies on resting time and the pasta rollers to avoid the need to knead. If you’re in a hurry, you can go ahead and knead the pasta, then allow it to rest for a few minutes instead.

Our pasta recipe is extra rich with a second egg yolk. Depending on the humidity of your kitchen, you might need to add a little extra flour to make up for the increased moisture. If this is the case, add a couple of tablespoons at a time until the dough is tacky but not wet.

Ingredient Notes

The really deep yellow color of this pasta comes from using orange eggs. Eggs are yellow or orange based on what the chickens eat; if they get some yummy treats from being allowed outside and eating more than just corn feed, they will probably produce orange eggs. Usually, your local free range egg brand will probably be orange. Eggs are the same no matter the color, but in general, we always support using free range eggs.

In this recipe, we separate the eggs and use only half of the whites. If you are looking for a recipe that uses egg whites, try this old school Spinach Feta Egg Wrap Recipe, it’s like going back in time.

What do you need?

Nothing, italian grandmothers can do this with a wooden tabletop and a wine bottle. We use a mini stand mixer and a high end atlas pasta roller to make things easy and painless though. The high end rollers make a huge difference here compared to the el cheapo grande version, but any pasta machine will work. Even the aforementioned wine bottle.

What can you make with this recipe?

Some recipes that really highlight the fresh pasta are:

How to Make Spaghetti alla Chitarra
Date Night Lemon Pasta
5-Ingredient Pasta alla Gricia Recipe
Creamy Lobster Pasta Recipe
The Ultimate Easy Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe
Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta Recipe
Sage and Brown Butter Spinach Pasta Recipe
Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe

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Almost no knead homemade fresh pasta recipe

Fresh pasta at home, the easy way
Serves 2
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 200 grams all purpose flour about 1.5-2 cups
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks whites reserved for another use

Instructions

  • Place 200 grams flour in the bowl of a stand mixer and make a well in the middle. Put the 2 whole eggs and 2 additional egg yolks into the well.
    Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town. | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Use a fork to whisk the eggs, slowly incorporating the flour, little by little, until a dough starts to form.
    Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town. | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Knead with the dough hook until smooth and elastic, alternately, turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board and lightly knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
    Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town. | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Dust with flour, then wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for 1 hour.
    Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town. | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • After the pasta has rested, lightly dust again with flour and press into a rectangle shape. From here you can either roll out the dough by hand using a rolling pin, or you can use a pasta machine to roll out the dough, starting at the widest setting, and dialing it down until your desired thickness (typically setting #4). Use as directed by your recipe.
    Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town. | www.iamafoodblog.com

Notes

Photos here are for one serving, which is 100g flour, 1 egg, and 1 egg yolk.

Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    Oh dough hook is smart! As another quick hack, I usually go down the food processor route to bring the dough together and do the gluten-work!

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Fresh pasta at home is easier than you think. This easy almost-no-work recipe will show you how to make pasta as good as the fancy Italian place in town.