Homemade Pasta: 1st Attempt


Last weekend, I had a hankering for homemade pasta. After doing a little research online for recipes, I settled on David Lebovitz’s homemade pasta recipe.

The recipe was simple and used only three ingredients: semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and eggs. Everything seemed to be going okay, but I noticed the dough was rather dry and crumbly in my mixer, so I added an extra egg. I was so excited about making my own pasta that I skipped the step about letting the dough rest for an hour. Oops. Oh, well.

Once I kneaded the pasta dough, I used a rolling pin to flatten the dough seeing as I have no pasta roller attachment for my mixer. This also meant that I had to use a pizza cutter to eyeball the cutting of the flat dough into strips. I made my strips about the width of fettucine.

The noodles themselves were pretty tasty. I thought I was going to taste gritty bits of semolina, but I didn’t. Even with the extra effort in rolling and cutting out the pasta, it was definitely worth it to make my own pasta dough. However, I can’t imagine doing anything fancier for the sauce than Smitten Kitchen’s tomato sauce with onion and butter recipe, which tasted perfect on these noodles with just a bit of Parmesan on top.


63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. apuginthekitchen
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:22:15

    Good for you, looks great. Love homemade pasta, it really is the best. Yours looks fantastic.

  2. Deepti
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:27:17

    Good going! and the pasta looks greatโ€ฆeven though having the hurdles in between, these looks great! A great sense of satisfaction when something like this is homemade.. right???

  3. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:46:13

    Awesome – inspite of not letting the dough rise!

  4. markd60
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 13:10:59

    S Is that an actual photo of the actual pasta? It looks FANTASTIC!

  5. Sue/the view from great island
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:27:27

    I’ve wanted to try this for so long, I kind of like the idea of doing it all by hand, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. chef mimi
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:41:09

    Looks great to me! I think people are scared of fresh pasta. I have a picture of my daughter at 8 years old making a 6-7′ sheet of pasta!

  7. Arthur in the Garden!
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:48:20

    Great job!

  8. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:07:44

    Super first attempt! I have a feeling there’s going to be more homemade pasta in your life ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. saucygander
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:10:55

    Well done! Freshly made pasta is very tasty and now I make it whenever I can. And you are right they go so well with simple sauces that let the pasta shine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Corina
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:13:41

    Well done on your first attempt. I’ve just started to make my own and it does feel good.

  11. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:13:56

    You’re very brave. That’s a leap I still haven’t taken!

  12. sara
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:30:15

    Yum! This makes me want to make homemade noodles again. I agree, simple sauce is best both so you actually appreciate the pasta and so you do not go too crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve tried doing fancy raviolis with homemade pasta and by the end I was too annoyed to really enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. tinywhitecottage
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:31:14

    Inspiring! Looks great and I too love that tomato with onion and butter sauce and can not think of a better sauce for homemade pasta.

  14. Cathleen
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 15:46:09

    Love homemade pasta, though I do not make it often, and I do have the attachment, so there really is no excuse not to. Looks wonderful!

  15. melolimparfaite
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 16:12:58

    I love homemade pasta ! Actually I’m gonna try to cook some right now !

  16. The Editors of Garden Variety
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 16:44:41

    You did really well for your first attempt. Your pasta looks delectable!

  17. My Kitchen Stories
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 17:27:32

    They are very delicious and fulfilling being homemade. it gives you a great feeling like growing your own tomatoes or something. It is much easier with a pasta machine though, so you have done extremely well

  18. Norma Chang
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 17:50:44

    Congratulations on a successful first try. Lovely pasta dish.

  19. tastytreats13
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 18:21:45

    It looks really delicious! Great job!

  20. bakeawaywithme.com
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 19:30:36

    Good for you! You did a great job! Iโ€™ve made pasta a few timesโ€ฆitโ€™s a fun project!

  21. Cher
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 20:39:54

    Way to go! I am impressed that you rolled it by hand.

  22. SandraM
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 21:39:19

    Nice! Nothing beats fresh pasta. And that sauce, I am so going to try that sauce!

  23. Betty
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 22:56:53

    Bought a pasta machine at a thrift store, took a class, and haven’t made any pasta yet at home. You’re an inspiration- that looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Three Well Beings
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 23:04:22

    Guess what? I made my first fresh pasta last weekend, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ We were out of town and we decided to take the leap! My story mirrors yours almost entirely, except that I have pasta cutter. We had to roll out the dough first, but then I could put it through the attachment and that was really easy. I am now hooked, and want to make more. I wonder what took us so long, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 23:32:19

    Well done on doing this without a pasta roller!

  26. Elaine @ foodbod
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 02:18:14

    Looks like you did a great job! โ˜บ๏ธ

  27. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 07:26:32

    I haven’t made pasta in a while and that bowl is certainly calling me. Well done!

  28. kitchen flavours
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 09:49:33

    Beautiful made pasta! And the sauce looks utterly delicious! Well done!

  29. nana
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:32:40

    Fantastic job, it looks so delicious.

  30. dulceshome
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 12:08:22

    I never get around to making fresh pasta, even though I love it and enjoy the process. Great reminder about the sauce too. Your pasta looks wonderful!

  31. jora
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 14:10:14

    I love that onion and butter tomato sauce. Thanks for the reminder! I’m very impressed you rolled the pasta out by hand.

  32. Alex
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 15:57:21

    Nice one! I’ve never made homemade pasta. I think mine would look like… cardboard? on my first attempt. ๐Ÿ˜›

  33. hotlyspiced
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 17:11:11

    Well done! And your pasta looks like it worked very well and I agree, when you go to the trouble of making your own pasta, a simple sauce that still allows your pasta to shine, is best xx

  34. Monica
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 17:13:55

    Looks terrific – and you can’t go with a DL recipe, I say! I made fresh pasta once in a cooking class…good stuff. : )

  35. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 21:44:56

    Congrats, the noodles look great! I’ve wanted to attempt making pasta for a while now I feel extra inspired.

  36. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 01:58:03

    That tomato looks so rich and tasty! I love pasta!

  37. Cakelaw
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 14:49:23

    The pasta and sauce look delish! You did a great job.

  38. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 19:32:22

    Great job! The pasta looks yummy. Wish I could have had a dish.

  39. Beth
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 20:34:18

    Sounds like a great first attempt!

  40. cquek
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 01:42:38


  41. TrafficDiva
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 04:47:43

    For your first attempt, it looks like you did a YUMMY good job! haha!! I think I what to get you for our birthday’s. Where does one find a awesome pasta attachment for a super awesome Chef/Cook?!?!?! The search is on!!!

  42. Gloria
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 08:28:28

    These pasta look so fresh and so good!

  43. moderngirlnutrition
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:21:45

    This looks AMAZING. Great job!

  44. The Foodie Affair
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:48:46

    Impressive! I’ve been meaning to try making pasta! Yours came out great!!

  45. Bhushavali - Indian Fashion n Travel Blogger!
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:04:38

    Looks yummy and healthy. I’m gonna find an eggless version of it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 16:04:13

    Those must be superb!!!
    Most comforting meals…..

  47. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 22:16:02

    How neat! I have been wanting to try this forever! Great job!!

  48. Laurie Nguyen
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 22:37:39

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing it.

  49. libishski
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 00:23:28

    Not bad for your first go!

  50. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:58:51

    well i think it was a great attempt and a job well done!

  51. Lola
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 15:20:28

    You’re making me want to make pasta! I haven’t made any in a couple of years and after I bought the pasta attachment I should be using it! Another thing to put on the list:)

  52. Bam's Kitchen
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 18:13:00

    Super! I love homemade pasta and especially hand rolled for some reason tastes so much better than even through a pasta maker. I guess it is the whole made with love kind of thing. That sauce and cheese on top looks divine.

  53. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 19:00:48

    Nice job on making homemade pasta! It’s so rewarding to eat something like that after putting the effort into it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Zoe
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 21:29:10

    I remember my first attempt of homemade pasta… scary but fun! Yours look good! Keep making them and you will love it ๐Ÿ˜€

  55. Karen Xavier
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 00:38:31

    From scratch! That’s pretty awesome… I’ve never made pasta from scratch, always thought you needed the pasta machine, but I could cut it too, like you did… neat!

  56. The Zen Kat
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 09:32:33

    So impressed you made pasta! I want to try this!

  57. Karen
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 14:50:18

    Terrific jobโ€ฆespecially since you did it all by hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Mary Frances
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:37:55

    Wonderful! The hand-cut noodles have a great rustic look.

  59. Raymund
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:55:05

    Wow! I guess I have to do this as well, I never made my own pasta and you just inspired me

  60. Johanna GGG
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 20:04:38

    this looks good – thanks for reminding me I must try making fresh pasta – can’t tell you how long the pasta machine has sat there waiting for some love

  61. lemongrovecakediaries
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 02:07:09

    It is fun to make your own pasta, I always have a great feeling of accomplishment when I do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Tammy
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 19:19:43

    Damn! It looks good and look how many comments you’ve received. Nice work!

  63. sprinklesandsauce
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 21:59:35

    your pasta turned out so good!

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