Homemade Pasta Without a Machine


Two things I know for sure: I love fresh pasta and I love trying to make things from scratch. So, trying to make it myself was a no-brainer! Except for one thing — I had it in my head that you need a pasta maker and my tiny apartment has no room for one. You see, I fully forgot the fact that people have been making pasta without the benefits of modern technology for thousands of years.

After a friend told me about her adventurous time making homemade pasta, I knew I had to try. All you really have to do is roll out the dough, right? And after successfully making homemade tortillas, I figured I had to take a stab at it!

** Full Disclosure: it takes a lot of arm muscle to roll out the dough. Make this with a partner and take turns with the rolling pin!

Next page: pasta recipe, cooking tips & storage tricks!

Fresh Homemade Pasta


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 4 eggs, extra large

1. Place the flour in a mound on a wooden surface. Form a well at the center of the mound, and add the eggs in the well. Lightly beat the eggs with a fork, trying not to incorporate the flour.
2. Add in the flour slowly, starting with the inner rim of the well. You’ll want to keep the well shape going as you incorporate the flour.
3. Once the flour and eggs are mixed, begin to knead the dough with the palm of your hands. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time if the dough is too sticky to work with. If the dough is too dry, add a little more egg.
4. Remove the dough from the surface once it becomes a cohesive mass. Lightly flour surface.
5. Knead dough (like you would with bread dough) for about 6-7 minutes or until smooth. Add flour to surface as necessary.
6. Set aside plastic-wrapped dough at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
7. After dough has rested, flour work surface and begin rolling out dough.
8. Roll out as thinly as possible. Fold it in half and roll it out again. Repeat 4-6 times.
9. Roll it out again, and cut into thin strips. Roll out thin strips until they are similarly thin.
10. Roll up thin strips of dough and cut to your desired width. Flour pasta – otherwise they’ll stick together.

Recipe adapted from: The Manly Housekeeper

Cooking & Storing Pasta Tricks

  • When you’re cooking the pasta, be sure to add a generous amount of salt to the water. You’ll need to cook it for 3-4 minutes, drain and rinse it when it’s done.
  • If you’d like to store the pasta for future use, make sure to dry it out for an hour or so. The best method is to dry it on a dowel or a clothes drying rack. Placing the pasta on a paper towel works too, but the noodles might stick together. Place dried pasta in a sealable bag. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Kate S.
Kate S.2 years ago

Sounds intimidating to be honest- although it's just a little extra time. I won't promise I'll be attempting it anytime soon.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath3 years ago

Tried this once. Came out a bit chewy. Maybe I didn't roll it enough

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Carl Milson

Hmmm! I just love Pasta.
I'm going to to give this a try. But, I will admit I think I'll probably mess it up but it's worth a stab at it anyways. The cost of Pasta has gone through the roof.
Thanks for sharing.
Your Friend,
Carl Milson

Robyn L.
Robyn L.3 years ago

Hannah, just make a dough of flour, water and salt.

Instructibles has a good how to. Search "vegan fresh pasta recipe."

Elizabeth Wilkie
Jane Alcott3 years ago

I'll have to try this when I get home! Pasta is a staple for broke college students. Thank you for the recipe!

Sailor H.
Sailor H.3 years ago

a broom handle, Gloria M-- COOL! This reminds me of Violet, a woman who showed me and my sister how to make apple strudel. She used to make her own filo dough by hand, stretching it out her dining room table. I tried to make rice noodles once by hand (the wide ones used in Thai drunken noodles) and they did not work out so well, though I did not use a recipe.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion on how to make pasta.