Fresh Pasta Making 101

I absolutely love the process of fresh pasta making, and I use it as a basis for so many of my favorite dishes. This is definitely the Italian in me talking, but if I could eat pasta morning, noon and night I think I would! I’ve received some feedback that it would be wonderful to have a video demonstration of what I’m talking about when I write about fresh pasta making in my posts. Being a very visual learner myself, I completely get it and I have happily obliged! I’ve made two videos here. The first is a demonstration of how to put the dough together, and the second demonstrates how to roll it out and cut it into spaghetti. I hope you all enjoy my version of fresh pasta making 101! Before shooting the video I also made another ball of dough and rolled it out since I wanted to double the recipe of fresh spaghetti for the big vat of bolognese sauce that I was making (more on that soon). It also let me do a warm up before filming, ha! The basic pasta dough recipe is:

  • 11 ounces ( about 2 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt

In between making the first and second video, I finished kneading the dough and wrapped it in plastic. Then I let it rest for an hour before I rolled it out. It’s always best to let the pasta dough sit for at least an hour so that the gluten in the flour can relax after all of the kneading. It just makes the pasta dough super tender! No matter what kind of pasta you are making the rolling out process remains the same.

Fresh Pasta Making, demystified!
Pasta dough is so gorgeous to me. I love fresh pasta making!

You can easily take the rolled out sheets and hand make ravioli by placing big tablespoons of filling along the length of one half of the sheet. Bring the other half over to seal the dollops of filling and cut in between each one with a fluted pastry cutter to cut them out! I’ve used this technique a lot to make four cheese ravioli, pumpkin ravioli and pancetta and pea ravioli.

The four cheese ravioli were starting to come together!
Spacing out the filling for handmade ravioli before sealing them.
Fresh pasta making means the most incredible handmade ravioli!
Handmade ravioli is easy once the sheets of pasta are rolled out!

In the below video, you’ll see me using the awesome spaghetti cutter attachment that came with my roller to cut my rolled out pasta sheets in seconds. I also love using the fettuccine attachment.

The pasta sheets can also be rolled up tight and sliced into big ribbons to make fresh pappardelle or hand cut into little rectangles and pinched in the center to make pretty farfalle. The fresh pasta making pasta-billities are endless! Once you finish rolling out and cutting the pasta, cover it up with a tea towel while you bring a pot of water to a boil to keep it from drying out. Then it only takes a minute for the pasta to cook in the boiling water to be tender. I always like to get cooked pasta into the pot of whichever sauce I am making and let it absorb the sauce for a minute. It just helps all of the flavors meld together gloriously. I hope these fresh pasta making videos inspire you to give it a go yourself at home! It’s a little addictive I have to admit. Using fresh pasta just takes any dish to a whole new level. Buon Appetito e grazie mille!

Fresh pasta making means being able to make this incredible handmade four cheese ravioli!
Fresh pasta making means being able to make this incredible handmade four cheese ravioli!

11 thoughts on “Fresh Pasta Making 101”

    1. It can sit in the fridge for an hour or two at most to rest before rolling it out. I’ve actually never tried freezing the dough so I can’t really speak to the results (this will have to be an experiment sometime soon). What I have done though is cook a large amount of the pasta with sauce on the weekend and just portioned it in freezer bags. Then I can take it out and let it thaw in the fridge before reheating it whenever I need it :-). Good luck, I’m so excited you’re trying it out!!

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