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Treat your family or guests to fresh homemade pasta using ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It is easy to mix by hand, or you can use a pasta machine or stand mixer. Fresh pasta dough can be ready in under an hour, or you can freeze it or dry it for later. Two popular variations include adding finely chopped spinach or tomato pesto to the dough. The dough can be made into a variety of shapes using special mixer or pasta machine attachments, or it can be hand-cut into flat noodles.

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1. Basic Pasta Ingredients

To create a basic homemade pasta dough, gather the following ingredients:

  • Two and one-third cups flour
  • Two large eggs, plus one yolk
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One tablespoon oil, olive or regular cooking oil, depending on your preference
  • Approximately two-thirds to one cup of water
  • A pasta drying rack for drying noodles, or plastic bags for freezing
  • After conquering the basic recipe, you can experiment by adding spinach or tomato pesto to the recipe. Fresh or frozen spinach can be cooked, drained, and finely chopped using a food processor. Adding one cup of prepared spinach or pesto will give color and slight flavor to the noodles, but will affect the amount of flour and water used in the recipe. Carrot or beet juice can also be substituted for part of the water.

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