About: An Italian living in China with a passion for cooking. I grew up in a picturesque town called Lecce nestled on the “heel of the boot”, Italy’s southern tip, between the Adriatic and Ionian ...

Last Sunday morning to inaugurate my new pasta machine I have decided to make some tagliatelle. Homemade pasta is very easy to make, all you need is semolina flour, eggs and of course a pasta machine! This recipe is my grandma's one so THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN HOME MADE PASTA RECIPE, cause yeah, I'm Italian the real Italian not like those fake Jersey Show ppl ;)

Step 1: Ingredients (for 2 Servings)

  • 200 g semolina flour (1 and 1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt

Step 2: Step One: Mix the Ingredients

Place the four in a mound creating a well in the center where you will add salt and pour in the slightly beaten eggs.Slowly pull the flour into the eggs until is all incorporated. Knead the dough by hand adding more flour on the surface.

Step 3: Step 2: Rest

Let the dough rest for about 30 min. Don't put it in the fridge!

Step 4: Step 3: Let's Press It

Take a little piece of dough and start pressing it using your pasta machine at no.1
Keep pressing the dough making it thinner each time by moving to no 2, then 3 and finally 4

Step 5: Step 4: Let's Noddle It!

Now insert the dough into the tagliatelle section and start rolling out your tagliatelle!

Step 6: Step 5: Let's Boil It!

Your homemade tagliatelle are now ready! Place them on a tray covered with flour so they wont stick to each other. Remember when you boil your homemade pasta to drop a couple of spoons of olive oil in the water so they wont stick together. This is necessary only for homemade pasta.



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    1 year ago

    Ciao, ExpatCucina, Io sono italiano anche, e sono contento di vedere una ricetta di pasta reale proprio come mia madre ha fatto; Grazie mille.

    @italincooking, Do you have a method for making the noodles without the press? I have seen chefs take the dough and roll it out in to a long snake shape then fold it in half and "slap" the dough on the counter making it longer. Thus having to fold it again, continuing this till there are several folds. If you know how to do this, could you explain it in another tutorial? I can't find the TV show I am referring to and would love to refresh myself on the exact method.

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    That method u just described is used to make Chinese Lamian...and it's very hard to make,
    You can just roll out the dough and cut it into tagliatelle...

    ohhhhh nooooo my flour dam broke i spilt eggs all over the floori was so mad but try and try again i suppose haha

    I don't have a pasta machine. I cut them with knife. They were irregular in shaped. Still they were tasty. Thanks!

     Does the olive oil make it difficult to get spaghetti sauce (or any sauce for that matter) to stick once you drain the pasta?

    Hope I'm not asking too many questions or making too many comments.  I'm just new to this and am not sure about things :)

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    No it doesn't. The amount of olive oil you pour into the boiling water won't make your spaghetti oily after you drain them. Don't worry!

     Thank you - that's good to know.  I had heard that doing the pasta in oil makes the sauce slide off of the pasta and thought that sounded right but if so, why does Chef Gordon Ramsay use it but I couldn't ask him and I could you :)  Thanks for answering.

     PS - I love the fact your machine has that nice little "shelf" on the back where you can rest your pasta while rolling it.  I have to hold it in one hand and roll with the other, switching when it gets rolled enough not to tear and then grab my sheets from beneath the rollers.  What kind of pasta machine do you have?

    I got mine for my birthday this year so I am really new to making pasta.  First try turned into glue, second try was great, third try was "tough", fourth try was for lasagna and it turned out good but was too thin - went too far with it.  But pasta making is fun and anyone reading this should go out and get yourself a machine - you can get them as cheap as $30 (although if you can afford more - my gift giver couldn't and nor could I - get a better one!) and it is great fun and once you get the hang of making the pasta (not the rolling it out) you'll almost never go back to store bought.

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    Lol, I bought mine in China (since i live here) and I paid only 65 yuan, about 10 usd. So yeah, definitely ppl should go out and get one and have some fun in the kitchen! 

     May I suggest a minor change here?  I have a pasta machine as well but my numbers go backwards from yours.  Mine I have to start at 7 and work my way down to 1 for the thinnest pasta.  Might be a good idea to note that other machines have different ways of rolling and to check your instruction manual to see what you should do when rolling your dough.

     While letting the dough rest shouldn't you have it covered in clear wrap or something to keep the top from drying out?

    Pasta is So easy to make and quick to cook it's not worth while buying dry pasts. The home made  flavour is much better.

    You can also mix in sun dried tomatoes, chopped olives, herbs of your choice.

    Watch the cooking time - It's MUCH shorter than you expect.

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    yeah it it! Pasta takes nothing to make and the homemade one is super tasty. Im glad you guys like my instructable. For more recipes check out my cooking blog:

    Hey nice, I've got that same pasta machine, but I've been using it to press polymer clay!