Homemade Pasta with a Machine for Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Pasta Recipe

Finally put this special handmade Christmas gift to use and decided to make Homemade Pasta with a machine. In the past, making pasta was difficult without the proper tools. However, with a drying rack there is less frustration with the Homemade Pasta not sticking together. In this recipe, I will share how to make your own pasta that can be used for numerous recipes.

Homemade Pasta with a Machine on drying rack

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Published March 8, 2022

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Handmade Pasta Drying Rack

Tyler and Matthew made me this amazing pasta drying rack for Christmas. There were a few reasons why it was not used until now, some including a kitchen vent hood redo and a microwave dying and being replaced: thus, leading to a vent hood change. Once the new microwave was hooked up with a shelf above, this pasta rack can be placed above as an amazing showcase in the kitchen. So, this week I busted out the drying rack to make Homemade Pasta with a Machine.

Homemade Pasta with a machine
Homemade Pasta resting on custom built drying rack

For dinner this week we had chicken noodle soup, and I have already blogged the recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and From Scratch Chicken Stock. Check those out for the full recipes by clicking the links below.

Semolina Flour to make Pasta

Making Homemade Pasta out of Semolina flour is really easy while most of the time is used in rolling the pasta out. The one brand of Semolina Flour that I have found and used so far is Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour. It is the best product to get an authentic Homemade Pasta with a Machine. When added to soup, the pasta noodles do not break down or become mushy. In fact, we are now three days after making the pasta in chicken noodle soup and the pasta is still firm.

I find this brand of flour specific for Homemade Pasta at a local store, but I have been looking into buying it in bulk from Amazon. The last two times I have gone around stores trying to find this flour, the stores have been sold out. When I am wanting to make pasta from scratch and I cannot find it in a store, it gets frustrating. Buying in bulk online seems like the way to go, plus, this box of four is on sale right now.
On the package of Semolina Flour, there is a fantastically easy recipe for a basic Homemade Pasta. This is the recipe that I have always followed when trying to make pasta. I have never had it not work out and I can only learn more how to do it properly. My goal this year is to try to make spaghetti noodles that do not stick together! This custom-built pasta drying rack should help a ton.
I seriously loved how easily the pasta, when just rolled and cut, was able to rest on the dowels. After only an hour or so, the pasta was starting to stiffen and become hard and dry. When the soup was ready to have the pasta added, the Homemade Pasta came off of the drying rack without sticking. Once the pasta was off of the rack, I was then able to break the pasta noodles into smaller sizes for our chicken noodle soup.

Basic Pasta Recipe

Ingredients for Homemade Pasta

2 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp water

Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour recipe for Basic Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta Recipe Directions

1. On a clean and dry surface, measure out Semolina flour and place on the work surface.

Semolina flour piled on clean countertop to make Homemade Pasta with a Machine

2. Add 1/2 tsp salt to the flour and mix to combine making a well in the center like a volcano.

Semolina flour with well in center and two eggs resting on countertop

3. Place 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp oil in the well of the Semolina Flour.

two eggs water and oil added to Semolina Flour on countertop

4. Combine all ingredients with a fork or your hands until a stiff dough forms. To start, I used a fork to mix the eggs into the other liquids and slowly blended into the flour. Once the liquids were mostly absorbed, I used my fingers to gently form the dough.

combine ingredients with fork to make Homemade Pasta with a machine

5. Knead dough for 10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This can take some elbow grease! Really get in there and work the dough to help develop the gluten. At first, the dough will be hard to knead, but keep going the full 10 minutes. Once the dough ball is ready, there should be no dry edges or cracked areas on the dough ball.

Homemade Pasta resting on countertop

6. Wrap the dough in a towel or place in a plastic bag. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. A sandwich bag is the perfect size to hold one basic pasta dough ball.

Pasta resting in plastic bag

7. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and place one half back into the bag. If you leave the dough ball rest out of the bag it can dry out very fast. I used a knife and a bench scraper to divide the dough through this process.

Homemade Pasta cut in half on countertop with Drying rack and Pasta Machine

8. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness or use a pasta machine to roll out and cut your dough.
I used a pasta machine and cut the dough in half, flattening it slightly so it can process in the machine. Start at level 1 and go in stages to level 9, which is the thinnest pasta setting.
We bought this CucinaPro Pasta Machine last year and absolutely love it! The price is crazy reasonable, especially compared to buying the KitchenAid pasta attachments. If you want to learn more about these two separate Homemade Pasta machines and attachments, keep reading till the end of this post where I will have links to each so you can check them out.

Cutting dough making Homemade Pasta and Drying Rack

9. Once the Homemade Pasta is rolled into a sheet, run it through the linguini setting on the Pasta Machine if using for a thicker pasta noodle. Then carefully lay the pasta strips on the drying rack. Some of the sheets of pasta were too odd shaped to run through the pasta machine well enough to be awesomely long sheets of pasta. Some were only two inches long while only a small amount were 8-10 inches long. In the end it did not matter because the pasta was broken up to 1–2-inch pieces for the chicken noodle soup.

Homemade Pasta on Custom Wood Drying Rack

10. To cook the Homemade Pasta, place it in the simmering soup and let cook for 2-7 minutes depending on thickness. After we ate dinner, I realized the pasta would have been much easier to eat had the pieces been under 1 1/2 inch long. Hindsight is a difficult thing.

Serve soup and enjoy!
~Monica

Homemade Pasta in Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Pasta Flour
2 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil

Directions

1. On a clean and dry surface, measure out Semolina flour and then place it on the work surface.
2. Add 1/2 tsp salt to the flour and then mix to combine.
3. Make a well in the flour, like a volcano in the center, and then place 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp oil.
4. Combine all ingredients with a fork or your hands until a stiff dough forms.
5. Knead dough for 10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
6. Wrap the dough in a towel or place in a plastic bag, then rest the dough in the bag for 20 minutes.
7. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half and place one half back into the bag.
8. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness or use a pasta machine to roll out and cut your dough.
I used a pasta machine and cut the dough in half, flattening it slightly so it can process in the machine. Start at level 1 and go in stages to level 9, which is the thinnest pasta setting.
9. Once the pasta is rolled into a sheet, run it through the linguini setting on the machine if using for a thicker pasta noodle. Then carefully lay the pasta strips on the drying rack.
10. To cook the pasta, place it in the simmering soup and let cook for 2-7 minutes depending on thickness.
Serve soup and enjoy!
~Monica

A few of my favorite things

Below are the two types of Pasta Machines and attachments that I considered buying. The KitchenAid attachments and rollers is priced pretty steep in my opinion at just shy of $200.00. The machine that I did end up buying was the CucinaPro Pasta Machine that includes two separate attachments, with two pasta sizes in each, in addition to the countertop attachment device. This is a hand crank machine that rolls out fantastically even pasta and at a fraction of the price from the name brand. This machine was, when I bought it, only $35.00. Click the links below to check out each if you have been interested in making your own pasta. It is such a fun skill to learn and a great way to level up a recipe with homemade pasta with a machine!

Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour is the best for making Homemade Pasta. To cut cost, this is one item that buying in bulk helps to then cut food costs. Check out the link to Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour on Amazon below.

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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