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Easy Homemade Pasta, plain Fettuccine, on a plate on counter.

Easy Homemade Pasta Recipe

This Easy Homemade Pasta recipe gives you soft, fluffy, tender pasta every single time.  There is seriously nothing more satisfying than making your own pasta and devouring every last luxurious and silky piece. This recipe is easy because there are only 3 ingredients (flour, eggs, and water), and has only a few easy steps. #homemadepasta #pastarecipe

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword homemade pasta, pasta, pasta dough
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 ounces pasta
Author Carrie Tyler


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour (for mixing)
  • 2-5 tablespoons All Purpose Flour (for kneading)
  • 5 Eggs, large
  • 1-2 tablespoons Water (if needed)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Semolina or Cornmeal (for preventing pasta ribbons from sticking)


Make the Pasta Dough

  1. Either in a large clean bowl or on a clean, dry surface, add the flour in a pile. Create a well in the center using your fingers. Crack the eggs into the well and then gently beat them with a fork in the center.

  2. Using the fork, gently start to mix in the flour until all of the flour and the eggs are combined.

  3. Then start to knead the dough until it all comes together. At this point you can transfer the dough to a clean, floured surface or continue to knead the dough in the bowl. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes.

    Hand kneading dough on floured counter for Easy Homemade Pasta recipe.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or tightly seal it in the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes up to 24 hours.

Roll and Cut the Pasta

  1. Prepare a large platter or sheet pan with a small amount of cornmeal or semolina on the bottom. This will be to catch your pasta ribbons or place the pasta on once it is cut so that it doesn't stick together.

  2. Cut your doug ball into quarters. Take one quarter for rolling and cover the rest with a damp towel or plastic wrap. Using fingers, press the quarter of dough into an oval shape that about ¼ to ½ inch thick so that it fits into the widest setting of the pasta roller, setting 0 or 1.

    Thick piece of pasta dough going through the pasta roller with hand catching the dough at the bottom for Easy Homemade Pasta recipe.
  3. Guide the end of the oval into the pasta roller and then adjust the setting to the next highest setting. Continue to do this gently guiding the dough through the roller for each setting and catching the dough with your hand as it comes through.

    Thick piece of pasta dough going through the pasta roller with hand catching the dough at the bottom for Easy Homemade Pasta recipe.
  4. Once you have worked your way through to the highest roller setting, you should have a very thin, very long sheet of pasta. If you have a cutting attachment, run the dough through your desired cut with the pan with cornmeal/semolina on it ready to catch the pasta as it comes out. Once it is on the pan, you can gently lay the pasta flat or take small amounts and roll them into 'nests'.

    Cutting by Hand: Gently and loosely fold the pasta sheet in half and then in half again. Using a very sharp knife, cut the pasta into long ribbons and then separate onto the pan with cornmeal/semolina.

    Easy Homemade Pasta plain Fettuccine on a sheet pan with cornmeal.
  5. At this point, if you are going to roll out more dough, be sure to keep the pasta that you just made covered with a damp towel (not wet, just ever so damp) in the refrigerator, so that it doesn't dry out or get too warm and start to stick.

Cook the pasta

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water and then add a large handful of the pasta to the boiling water and stir so they do not stick together. Cook for 3-5 minutes - do not overcook as fresh pasta can get mushy fast! Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce of your choice!