Fresh Pasta {No Machine Required}

The other day I had no clue what I was going to make for dinner. Like, no idea what so ever. So my sisterย volunteered to make some chicken noodle soup. My brother had been waiting for some chicken noodle soup for a while, so I was so excited.ย And then I found out that we didn’t have any pasta. Yeah.

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So I looked up how to make fresh pasta, and discovered that it only takes 20 minutes from start to food being in your belly. I had assumed that it would be difficult and time-intensive, but it was exactly the opposite!


The ingredients for fresh pasta are simple…

Flour (I like to use all-purpose flour.)

Eggs (A very important part of pasta.)

Oil (I like to use olive oil, but any neutral oil will do.)

Salt (Completely optional, and gives the pasta a tad of flavor.)

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To make fettuccine , roll out 1 of the balls of dough but try to keep it as rectangular as possible.ย Roll the dough up lengthwise tightly. Using a sharp knife, cut in 1/2 inch increments (it’s like cutting cinnamon buns, except scaled down a bunch). Unroll each disk of dough and dry for a bit.ย  If you want them to look like nests just take a group of the noodles by the middle so its in half, and slowly put it down letting it layer over itself.

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The bowties were super easy too! I wanted to try it because its one of my favorite pastas, but when I tried it they looked really lopsided and kinda ugly. I’m not good at getting things to look neat! ๐Ÿ™ …… So then my baby brother tried it, and it looked perfect!!!ย  (Yes, those beautiful bowties were made by a 9 year old…) I rolled the rest of the dough, cut the rectangles for him, and he formed the rest. He now calls it “his” pasta recipe.

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Making fresh pasta couldn’t be easier! The best part about itย is that you don’t need a fancy machine or stand mixer attachment to make beautiful pasta at home. Your friends and family will be so surprised when you tell them it’s homemade, but you don’t have to tell them how easy it was!

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Here is the recipe:

Fresh Pasta {No Machine Required}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Fresh Pasta {No Machine Required}


  • 2 cups all purpose flour (Cake and bread flour work too.)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • On a counter top (or in a bowl) pile your flour, make a well in the center, and crack in your eggs into the well. Pour in the olive oil and sprinkle in the salt. Slowly mix together with your hands (or a spoon). Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead by hand until dough becomes smooth and pliable, adding flour to the board as necessary.
  • Cut the dough into quarters and let it rest for a little while before rolling it out.
  • For Fettuccine:
  • Roll the dough out into a 12x15 rectangle. Fold the dough into thirds and cut 1/2 inch strips along the shorter distance. Unwrap and let dry, or use it immediately. To cook, boil salted water, add pasta and cook until it has reached the desired tenderness. (This will depend on how old it is.)
  • For Bowties:
  • Roll the dough out into a 12x15. Cut a grid of rectangles 1-1 1/2 inches wide (straight) and 2 inches long (frilly). Place your pointer finger in the middle of your rectangle, and use your thumb and middle finger to pinch the dough inwards. Let dry, or use it immediately. To cook, boil salted water, add pasta and cook until it has reached the desired tenderness.


80 Thoughts on “Fresh Pasta {No Machine Required}

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  2. Hi Maria,
    Your simple DIY instructions and gorgeous photos made creating pasta from scratch look easy. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious fresh pasta recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! We will enjoy it!

  3. Your pasta looks beautiful! I will make your fettuccine tonight with a garlic cream sauce. Can’t wait for dinner, lol! Thanks for the inspiration

  4. Hello, I am so excited to try this! I did PIN it to my board…
    Come visit me soon! Sweet Blog
    Blessings, Roxy

  5. I want to try! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’ve always wanted to make pasta from scratch and thought the same that it would be very time consuming. Now, after reading this I can’t wait to try and glad to see it’s pretty easy! Thanks for sharing! Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This is a great post! Homemade pasta is almost a lost art and you did such a good job,I think you bowtie’s look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I’m really missing homemade pasta now that we’re cutting back on gluten free! These photos are so beautiful, we may have to break our vow for an evening ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anyway, I also wanted to give you a heads up that these were featured on Mostly Homemade Mondays! You can see it here when it goes live tomorrow <3

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  11. I remember making home made noodles for soup when I was raising my sons ( Not all of the time, mind you, but occasionally as a treat ) YUM ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I have been wanting to try homemade noodles…you made it look so easy I just have to try it!

  13. Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful pics. Pinned!

  14. Ooh, this looks so easy that I might just have to try it! Pinning it right now!

  15. Once you’ve had homemade pasta, it’s hard to go back to the store bought stuff. Your bow ties look absolutely perfect, those are one of my favorite kinds of noodles too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Stopping by from The Weekend Re-treat link party. You make it look so easy! I have never tried making pasta from scratch but I think after reading this post, I may actually be able to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Again Maria, YOU are amazing!! I used to make pasta, but haven’t in years. I think I will though soon, because of your great recipe. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  18. Thank you for linking up at Skip The Housework Saturdays! I’m sharing this post on FB tomorrow!

    Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Love home made pasta! Thanks for sharing your recipe . Nice job baby brother too! they look perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. is it weird to say that’s some pretty pasta! I love homemade pasta! I’m going to share this on twitter for everyone to see and enjoy!
    thanks for linking up at the sparkles of inspiration party!

  21. Wow awesome! I have seen chefs make pasta on tv but I had no idea it was so easy! Well I might need a 9 year old for my bowties, but I could do the fettuccine! awesome! thanks for sharing with us!

  22. Wow! You made it look so easy. I am looking forward to trying this out! Love the recipe too!
    I would love if you would drop by and link this up to my new blog party, Celebrate It! It’s all about how you celebrate the everyday!
    Hope to see you there!

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  24. That is so incredibly simple! I’d love to see if I can try this with a gluten free recipe for my kiddo. Your little brother’s bowties probably are way better than ones I’d end up doing, as well. Ha! Thanks so much for sharing, it is featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. That seems so easy! Pinned this for later use! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Great post! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. You make it look so easy! I will have to try this! Glad to connect through the social media mixer!

  36. I made fresh pasta this weekend for the first time and my recipe called for water instead of oil. I am going to try your recipe with the oil. Yours looks so neat I hope I can get my bowties to look as pretty as yours.

  37. Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a FABULOUS weekend–just wanted to swing by and give you a huge “Thank you!” for linking up at Bewitchin Projects last week–and we’ve already got the party started again today, so be sure to come link up again here:

    ~Cathy Mini~

  38. I’ve always wanted to make pasta from scratch, this looks great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  39. My 6 year old and I made these for dinner tonight. She had fun rolling out the dough, with help, and cutting the noodle slices. Thanks for posting such an easy to make recipe. Saw your posting on Pick of the Bunch.

  40. LOVE THIS!! Thanks so much for sharing at the party last week. Pinned and Tweeted ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for linking up at Tickle My Tastebuds last week. I am featuring you this week and would love it if you’d stop by and link up some more delicious recipes!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

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  43. This looks so good. I made tomato sauce from scratch recently, I feel like I need to make fresh pasta to go with it to get the full “made from scratch” effect!

  44. I have been dying to make fresh pasta! I can’t wait to try.

  45. This sounds wonderful! I’m itching to get in the kitchen and try this… maybe for lunch or dinner today? Thanks for sharing!

  46. I’ve never tried making my own pasta but this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays…you make it seem very do-able!

  47. Great looking pasta! Thanks for sharing!

  48. It says it calls for olive oil….do u add it into the dough or is it just used in the water to avoid sticking?

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  50. Wow! This looks super easy…who knew? I can’t wait to try it!

    Found you on Foodie Friday!

  51. I love fresh pasta and think I need to try this. You might want to go back and edit your instructions to note what to do with the oil and salt. I’ll never remember to read all of your comments to find what to do with it.

  52. I love fresh pasta and making it with out a machine is a must for me. Thank you for sharing your recipe with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  53. I haven’t tried fresh pasta myself yet but, it’s on my list of things to try. Thanks for the recipe and sharing it @DearCreatives party! Theresa

  54. Yum! I love making homemade pasta and you’ve made it look so simple here. Beautiful picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Fun! I will be trying this for sure! It’s amazing when we think some things are really difficult, I would love to see how this turns out! My friends mom always made homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles and I always thought it looked hard! But this makes it sounds easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. I have fresh pasta on my today list. You make this look easy! Yummy too. Thank you for sharing and for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. xo

  58. oops to do list not today list, giggle

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  60. I had not idea making pasta was this easy! I am going to need to try this for sure. So glad you linked this up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party. Pinning:)

  61. You make this look so easy! I’m featuring you on the Bewtichin’ Project Party on Sunday. Keep up the great work!

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  63. These do look easy, and your brother did a great job on the bowties! Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party at Creative K Kids. I have pinned this post to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party.

  64. This is crazy! I had NO idea you could make pasta without a machine! And those bowties are perfect!!

  65. Love pasta!!!! This looks amazing! Stopping by from Friendship Blog Party! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned and tweeted!

  66. Wow, that looks so good and you make it sound easy. I am going to give this a try! I’ve pinned this our party board and will be featuring this post at the next On Display Thursday linky party tomorrow morning!

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  69. johanna on February 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm said:

    my son and I made the bow ties and it was amazing!

  70. Ranki on April 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm said:

    Easy to make and came out great!

  71. Brandy on April 17, 2020 at 2:20 pm said:

    I made this for our 2020 Easter dinner while under quarantine. It was the first time I have ever made fresh pasta, other than noodles for Thanksgiving. I was very nervous that I was going to mess it up horribly. However, it was a huge hit! My family of โ€œnon-pastaโ€ eaters inhaled this pasta. I didnโ€™t make enough! It uses simple ingredients that I had on hand, thankfully. Thank you for helping us to have a very nice Easter dinner during this unique time in our lives. My son helped me make the bow tie shapes also ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Aubrey on May 6, 2020 at 6:12 pm said:

    Just tried these noodles with chicken parmesan it was soooo good! The recipe was great!

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