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cutting a simple fresh pasta dough
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How to make fresh pasta

Our simple guide to making homemade pasta
Prep Time30 mins
Resting time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cooking from scratch, Dinner ideas, Dough, Family dinner, Family favourites, Fresh pasta, homemade pasta, How to make fresh pasta, Italian, Pasta Machine, Simple And Tasty Recipe, Simple fresh pasta recipe
Author: Sara-Jane Bowness


  • Pasta machine
  • Mixer with dough hook optional


  • 400 g '00' flour or high grade flour Plus each for dusting
  • 4 large Eggs


  • Sift the flour and place in a large bowl or on a clean surface.
  • Make a well in the flour and add the eggs.
  • Using a fork, whisk the eggs. Then slowly start drawing in the flour, until you can no longer mix with a fork.
  • Tip the mixture on to the surface and use your hands to form a ball. Knead the dough until smooth. (Or use a mixer with dough hook).
  • Form a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 20 mins. (You can leave wrapped in the fridge overnight, great for prepping ahead)
  • Once chilled remove ball and divide into 4 portion. Re-cover 3 portions to stop them from drying out. (You can freeze the dough at this stage, for fresh pasta on the go!)
  • Set up your pasta machine to the highest setting. Slightly flatten the dough and flour both sides.
  • Work the dough through the pasta machine, fold the dough in half and work through the machine again. Repeat this process 4-6 times to improve the texture, re flour both sides of the dough as required. If the sheet gets to wide fold in thirds, to help create the sheet shape you require.
  • Continue to work the dough through the machine and down the settings until you reach the desired thickness. 2mm thickness works well for linguine.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and flour both sides of the dough. Then cut the length in half. Place the linguine cutter attachment on to your machine and work each sheet of pasta through it.
  • Place the cut linguine on the floured surface then dust with flour.
  • Place a large pan of water on to boil and add a pinch of salt.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining portions of dough, until all the pasta is cut.
  • Once the pan is boiling add the pasta and allow to cook, this wont take long, around 3-5 mins. Once cooked drain and serve with your favourite paste sauce.



Enjoy with our rocket and almond pesto.