Want to make homemade pasta but don’t have the pasta machine? You’ll be eating homemade pasta today after you follow this easy recipe – no machine needed! This homemade pasta recipe is perfect for beginners!
Homemade pasta vs store bought
Homemade pasta tastes COMPLETELY different from store bought pasta. You will always be able to taste the difference. Homemade pasta has a much different texture and tastes very fresh. Additionally, the flavors of the fresh pasta really come out. Homemade pasta is less rubbery, and has a less “rigid” feel. Homemade pasta also allows the flavors of the sauce to come out more.
How to make homemade pasta without machine
Although machines save some time, you DO NOT need one to make homemade pasta. Simply role out the dough with a rolling pin, and then cut the dough into shapes. I prefer a classic fettuccine like shape since its the easiest, but you can really cut the dough into anything you want. I section the dough and layer it to save time while cutting.
Vegan pasta dough
If you’d like to make this recipe vegan, you can make eggless homemade pasta by using water instead of egg. All you need are two ingredients – flour and water. Add just enough water to the flour until it turns into a dough, and here you have vegan pasta dough. This flour and water pasta is called “pasta bianca”.
How to dry homemade pasta
To dry flour and egg pasta, dry on the counter for 30 minutes, then put in refrigerator and use within 2 days.
To dry flour and water pasta, leave on tray or counter overnight, then put in uncovered container for 2 days or until it feels fully dried when you snap a piece. Once it’s fully dried, store in an air-tight container for up to two months.
How to store homemade pasta
To store flour and egg pasta, place it in the refrigerator and use within 2 days. Since there are eggs in the pasta, it is important that you refrigerate it.
To store flour and water pasta, if uncooked you can store for up to 2 months in an air-tight container. For cooked pasta, store in the refrigerator and use within 2 days.
How to store fresh pasta dough
To store fresh pasta dough, place it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
How to store dried fresh pasta
If the pasta dough is made with flour and water, you can store it in an air-tight container for up to 2 months. If it is made with egg, you still need to store it in the refrigerator and use within 2 days.
How to store cooked fresh pasta
To store cooked fresh pasta, place it in a container and leave in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
How to freeze homemade pasta
You can put the fresh pasta in an airtight bag or container and freeze it for up to a month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is homemade pasta healthier?
In terms of nutrients, homemade pasta is about as healthy as store-bought pasta. In terms of chemicals, homemade pasta has no preservatives and chemicals. It is real, and comes from just a few ingredients.
What can I use instead of the pasta maker?
With this recipe, there is no need for the pasta machine or any special equipment. You simply roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut it into pasta shapes with a knife.
What is the easiest pasta to make by hand?
The easiest pasta to make by hand is definitely fettuccine. You can cut long thing strips to make fettuccine.
Is it cheaper to make your own pasta?
It is cheaper to buy your own pasta from the store. Store-bought pasta is very cheap, and is much less time consuming to make. Homemade pasta is much more fresh and delicious though:).
Is making pasta at home worth it?
Making pasta at home is DEFINITELY worth it. Trust me, it is a completely different experience than store-bought pasta. I guarantee that you will taste the difference when you make homemade pasta, and it is sure to impress everyone. Homemade pasta is one of my family’s favorite meals.
What is the best flour for homemade pasta?
The best flour for homemade pasta is just regular white flour. Avoid using whole-wheat and healthier flours, because they give a texture. With regular white flour, you get a smooth consistency in the flour.
Homemade Pasta Without Machine
- 2 Cups White flour
- 5 Eggs Medium to large
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Water
- In a bowl or on a flat surface, combine the flour with the eggs.
- Add the olive oil and salt.
- Mix until everything is very well combined. Slowly add the water until you form a thick and hard dough. You may not need any water depending on the size of your eggs.
- Let the dough sit for 15 minutes to let it slightly dry out.
- Roll out the dough until it is very thin. Let the dough sit out for another 15 minutes.
- With a sharp knife, begin cutting the dough into 1x1/4 inch noodle pieces.
- Boil the noodles for about 4 minutes or until ready.
- Add your favorite sauce, parmesan cheese, and enjoy!