Nests of fresh tagliatelle pasta on a floured surface

Fresh pasta

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 mins - 3 mins plus resting


Serves 8

Go the extra mile for a classic Italian meal and make your own fresh pasta dough. Our simple recipe can be used to make any style or shape

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0.2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 300g ‘00’ pasta flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 eggs and 4 yolks, lightly beaten



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  • semolina flour, for dusting


  1. Put the flour in a food processor with ¾ of your egg mixture and a pinch of salt. Blitz to large crumbs – they should come together to form a dough when squeezed (if it feels a little dry gradually add a bit more egg). Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead for 1 min or until nice and smooth – don’t worry if it’s quite firm as it will soften when it rests. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 30 mins.

  2. Cut away ¼ of the dough (keep the rest covered with cling film) and feed it through the widest setting on your pasta machine. (If you don’t have a machine, use a heavy rolling pin to roll the dough as thinly as possible.) Then fold into three, give the dough a quarter turn and feed through the pasta machine again. Repeat this process once more then continue to pass the dough through the machine, progressively narrowing the rollers, one notch at a time, until you have a smooth sheet of pasta. On the narrowest setting, feed the sheet through twice.

  3. Cut as required to use for filled pastas like tortellini, or cut into lengths to make spaghetti, linguine, tagliatelle, or pappardelle. Then, dust in semolina flour and set aside, or hang until dry (an hour will be enough time.) Store in a sealed container in the fridge and use within a couple of days, or freeze for 1 month.

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8th Aug, 2019
1 minute to knead - my 'horse'!
28th Feb, 2019
really nice
29th Aug, 2018
A lot easier than other recipes, and just as tasty.
18th May, 2020
My mixture was still really dry after adding all the egg. Any reason to why?
lulu_grimes's picture
20th May, 2020
Hi, The flour takes a little while to absorb the egg which is why you need to rest the dough. Is it dry and very crumbly? If so you egg might have been a little bit smaller. I hope this helps, Lulu
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Ella Beech
16th Apr, 2020
Hi, would strong bread flour work to make pasta?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
17th Apr, 2020
Hello, Esther from the food team here! Id recommend TIP 00 flour or even plain flour over strong flour. Your pasta could be quite tough and a bit chewy if you use the bread flour. Thanks for your question!
30th Mar, 2020
Can I make pasta with plain flour can't get 00?
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Barney Good Food
1st Apr, 2020
Not really, the gluten content of plain flour means the dough won't really hold, you can use it to make pizza though.
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MR Anonomous
25th Feb, 2019
do you have to leave it for 30 minutes
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, it's important to rest the dough as this gives the egg time to absorb and the gluten relaxes making it more pliable.
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