Homemade Pasta

I have always wanted to make pasta. Making our meals from scratch has been fun learning how to make sauces, bread, granola bars, bagels, alfredo, Jam, marinara, and even sushi. But pasta has eluded me for years. I love to roll out a good pie crust but rolling out pasta is just plain hard. I feel like throwing a toddler-like temper tantrum thinking about it! Being a budgeting family, we give ourselves allowances each week that Tyler and I can spend on whatever we want. So, I turned to the interweb to find a way to make Homemade Pasta with a Machine on a budget.

Last month I decided to buy a pasta maker after I had an experience rolling out dough. It was awful and I do not think my wrists have recovered! Certainly, there has to be a better way. So, my amazing husband and I did some pasta maker research. Do I get one for my KitchenAid and fork over hundreds? Nope. Do I buy an electric one? Oh heck no. I just decided on this beauty! For $49 and free shipping, discounted from $99, we found our winner! The Cucina Pro Pasta Machine comes with three attachments to make Spaghetti, Lasagna, Linguini, Angel Hair and Ravioli.

Elliana looking at Pasta Machine on countertop
Elliana checking out my new toy!

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This post was published January 21, 2021
Updated March 1, 2022
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My new Toy!

Being a cheap-o, this was super hard for me to fork over some of my weekly cash to buy. Our budget did not allow for us to finance one fully, but I decided that it could be joint expense. Plus, the hundreds of dollars some cost literally had me panicking. I paid $30 and the family budget paid the rest. This is significant for us because on one income with six people, we budget everything.

So let me introduce you to Macchina, the newest member of our family! She makes six different types of pasta, is a beautiful stainless steel and rolls out the most delicious pasta sheets. Incidentally, buying a pasta machine as a new member of our family was cheaper than birthing a child. Go figure.

I have tried making pasta based on the semolina container recipe; 50% flour/50% semolina. It tastes good, has a great texture, and is easy to make. However, I have scoured for one that is less grainy. I am happy to say, this recipe is such a win! It tastes like pasta (go figure) and is not mushy after being cooked. I had to keep it away from our oldest, Samuel, while I was making the pasta so he would not eat it all! It is SO good.
Additionally, this pasta recipe is so basic, so easy, and delicious, that I know you will want to make it! I truly believe it could be rolled out with a rolling pin if you do not have a pasta machine. I however am done rolling out pasta. And for that I am so grateful to my amazing husband! This new gadget has made making homemade pasta with a machine a breeze.

Samuel looking at Homemade Pasta dough in bag resting on countertop
Samuel seriously wanted to eat it raw! Don’t eat it raw though… Ewww.

What You Will Need

Plastic Wrap
Flour
Oil
Eggs
Water
Dry/Wet Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Fork
Rolling Pin or Pasta Machine

Homemade Pasta made with a Machine Recipe

Homemade Pasta Ingredients

2 Cups Flour
1/4 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Cold Water

Flour on countertop with eggs and oil and water

Directions

1. Measure out 2 Cups Flour and place on a clean and dry surface.

well in flour to make Homemade Pasta on countertop
My boys love to see volcanoes! Even flour volcanoes.

2. Make a well in the flour for the wet ingredients to go into, for example Samuel called it a volcano.
3. Crack the 2 Eggs into a bowl and then add 1/4 Cup Oil and 3 Tablespoons Cold Water to the eggs. Mix the wet until blended with a fork. Consequently, this is a tripled this recipe. 6 people sure eat a lot of pasta!

eggs in Pyrex and oil mixing in to pour into well of flour to make Homemade Pasta on countertop
To triple this recipe, I used 6 Eggs, 3/4 Cups Oil, and 9 Tablespoons Cold Water.

4. SLOWLY, with a fork, add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mixing with a fork, working in circles adding a bit of flour at a time to the wet until the wet is mostly mixed into the flour.

mixed eggs in Pyrex bowl slowly stirring with fork into well of flour on countertop
SLOWLY, using a fork, mix the flour into the wet mixture.

5. When most of the wet is mixed into the flour, scrape the mixture off the fork.

homemade pasta dough mixing with fork on countertop
This is such a light and fluffy mixture!

6. Using clean hands, finish mixing the Flour into the wet mixture and kneed the flour mixture together until the wet is fully incorporated into the dry.

7. Knead the dough to form a soft dough ball. The dough will stop adding more flour on the countertop once it is done.

8. Wrap the dough ball in Plastic Wrap and let rest 30 minutes before rolling out.

homemade pasta resting before making with a machine
Let the pasta dough ball rest for 30 minutes.

9. Using a knife or a bench scraper, split up the dough ball into smaller parts making it easier to use the pasta machine. Homemade pasta made with a machine is easier to do with small amounts of dough, at least that is what my limited experience has taught me.

Homemade pasta made with a machine
I cut mine so the strips are 1/2 inch or less thick.

10. Use the pasta machine as directed to get your desired thickness and type of pasta. If rolling out with a rolling pin, gently flour your surface so the dough does not stick. To use the Pasta Machine, start at setting 1, then go to 3, then 5, then 7, and finally 9 to get a nice flat pasta sheet.

11. When the pasta is in strips to your desired thickness, roll them through the attachment for spaghetti. Have a pot of water boiling and ready for the pasta if you plan to eat it right away. As this recipe has egg, it should not be dried but cooked and eaten right away. I hope to find a great recipe to share that is dryable.

water in large pot to cook pasta
Use a 6 Quart pan to boil your pasta.

And now I realize that I did not take pictures of my spaghetti after it was through the machine, nor pictures of it fully cooked. Samuel was helping me take pictures and we were both so excited seeing the pasta and boiling it that neither one of us had the camera going. All I can say is the spaghetti was amazing and delicious. It was neither crunchy nor chewy. I have seriously enjoyed this learning experience and also sharing it! Being a stay-at-home mom has not always been easy, but it has always been fun. In conclusion, Homemade Pasta made with a machine is the superior way to make pasta.
These last few weeks I have learned so much about the internet, blogging, legal jargon, how to write and edit HTML, and more. One thing is for certain, it will not be a short jaunt for me. I am in this for the long haul and cannot take credit for all of this knowledge. It has taken a village for me to learn. Literally. And a huge shout-out to you for reading my posts, thank you!
Enjoy!
~Monica

Homemade Pasta made with a Machine Recipe

Ingredients

2 Cups Flour
1/4 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Cold Water

Directions for Pasta

1. Measure out 2 Cups Flour and place on a clean and dry surface.
2. Make a well in the flour for the wet ingredients to go into, for example Samuel called it a volcano.
3. Crack the 2 Eggs into a bowl and then add 1/4 Cup Oil and 3 Tablespoons Cold Water to the eggs. Mix the wet until blended with a fork.
4. SLOWLY, with a fork, add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mixing with a fork, working in circles adding a bit of flour at a time to the wet until the wet is mostly mixed into the flour.
5. When most of the wet is mixed into the flour, scrape the mixture off the fork.
6. Using clean hands, finish mixing the Flour into the wet mixture and kneed the flour mixture together until the wet is fully incorporated into the dry.
7. Knead the dough to form a soft dough ball. The dough will stop adding more flour on the countertop once it is done.
8. Wrap the dough ball in Plastic Wrap and let rest 30 minutes before rolling out.
9. Using a knife or a bench scraper, split up the dough ball into smaller parts making it easier to use the pasta machine.
10. Use the pasta machine as directed to get your desired thickness and type of pasta. If rolling out with a rolling pin, gently flour your surface so the dough does not stick. To use the Pasta Machine, start at setting 1, then go to 3, then 5, then 7, and finally 9 to get a nice flat pasta sheet.
11. When the pasta is in strips to your desired thickness, roll them through the attachment for spaghetti. Have a pot of water boiling and ready for the pasta if you plan to eat it right away. As this recipe has egg, it should not be dried but cooked and eaten right away. I hope to find a great recipe to share that is dryable.

A few of my favorite things

Check out this Cucina Pro Pasta Machine on Amazon. With three different attachments, this machine makes up to five different types of pasta. Seriously, this is my new favorite toy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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