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Pasta Dough Recipe

pasta dough recipe

Pasta Machine Dough Recipe

This homemade pasta dough recipe is the perfect beginner's guide to making pasta dough. It also works as a basic pasta machine dough recipe. Learn step-by-step how to make fresh pasta from scratch along with some delicious easy pasta recipes.

Basic Pasta Dough Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 3)
Time: 1 hour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (essential)

  • 1 cup semolina flour (pasta flour)(See Suggestions)
  • You can make pasta dough with non-glutinous flours like Buckwheat, Quinoa, or Amaranth. Just add 1 teaspoon of guar gum or xanthum gum. The picture above are fresh buckwheat pasta noodles.
  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons water (or as needed to moisten)

  • 1/2 teaspoon oil

  • Directions

    In a medium mixing bowl, and the salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center and pour in the beaten egg.

    If you have an electric mixer, use a dough hook at medium-low speed to slowly mix the eggs into the flour. No mixer? Just use a fork. Then turn the dough out onto a floured counter top. Knead the dough, adding flour as needed an a little water until it is smooth and firm. The pasta dough is done and ready to be shaped when you can place it on a clean surface (no flour) without it sticking.

    Grease a bowl with the oil. Add the pasta dough and turn to coat the surface of the dough. Divide the dough to create tennis sized balls. Wrap each ball of pasta dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes (it can be refrigerated longer periods for later use). This step is key because it relaxes the gluten making it easier to work with the dough when you roll it out to make pasta or run through your pasta machine.

    This is a basic pasta recipe that lends itself well to adding basil, spinach, garlic powder or other flavorings. Just remember to pass larger herbs, spices, etc. through a food processor so everything is chopped very fine. Then mix them into the flour before adding the egg.

    Can't find semolina flour? No problem. All-purpose flour will also work or better yet try a whole grain flour. Homemade pasta is the perfect candidate for whole grain flours because it doesn't need to rise. The possibilities are endless: whole wheat flour, hard white wheat flour (pastry flour), kamut flour, spelt flour, teff flour (expensive but highly nutritious), etc. Really, any glutinous flour will do, so experiment for your preferred flavor and health benefits.

    Non-glutinous flours like Quinoa or Amaranth can be used, as well, with the addition of xanthan gum or guar gum (1 tablespoon for every cup of non-glutinous flour). However, xanthan gum can taste bitter and it's expensive. 1 tablespoon of flax seeds or chia seeds mixed with 2 tablespoons of boiling water will also work with non-glutinous flours.

    To see our list of whole grains and how they compare nutritionally, click here.

    Now that you are done with your pasta dough recipe you are ready to learn how to make pasta! If you are using this as a pasta machine dough recipe, then just follow the directions for use that came with your pasta machine.

    Once your homemade pasta is done, head back here to take advantage of your fresh pasta by using it in one of our delicious recipes for pasta:

    whole grain pasta
    Sprouted Whole Grain
    Penne Pasta




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