Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (2024)

24 July 2015 | 8 comments
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Semolina Flour

Serve: 6-8

160g plain flour
160g semolina flour (note 1)
3 eggs (about 60-65g with shell), *at room temperature (note 2)
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the ingredients: On a work surface, sift the flour to give it some air. Make a well in the center, place the eggs that you have previously broken in a small bowl, one at a time, followed by oil and salt. Gently beat them with a fork. Stir the flour, a little at a time, into the egg mixture. After a while, you can use a large scraper or hands to cover the egg mixture with the remaining flour. Keep going until all the flour is combined and a rough ball is formed. Cover the ball with a clean cloth while washing your hands and cleaning the work surface.
  2. Knead the dough: Press the dough with the heels of your hands, pushing it forward and down without much force. Rotate it 45 degrees, fold it and repeat the same step. Work on it gently for 8-10 minutes until it is smooth to the touch and not sticky. You may find that the dough is slightly firm. That’s ok. It is safer to have a firmer dough than a softer dough so the pasta sheet can be easily passed through the pasta roller and cutter.
  3. Rest the dough: Wrap the dough in cling firm and put in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. If you do not want to use the dough on the same day, you can store the wrapped dough in the freezer for up to a month. When you are ready to cook the pasta, thaw the frozen dough completely and then continue with the remaining steps. For me, before resting the dough, I cut the dough into small pieces (ie 6 or 8 portions), roll into balls and then wrap them individually.
  4. Roll out the dough: After the resting time, remove the chilled dough from the fridge. Cut the dough into the portions you prefer if you haven’t done so. Work on one piece at a time and keep the rest wrapping in the cling firm. The dough should never be left uncovered as it will form a crust. Take a piece of dough, dust some flour. Flatten it with your hand and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a small oval (1cm thickness). Set the dial of the pasta rollers to the widest setting (“0”) and let the dough pass through twice. Turn the dial to the next setting (“1”) and repeat the same. After you have done with setting “2”, fold the dough in 3-fold, use a rolling pin to flatten it. This folding step will make the dough a rectangle and also helps to strengthen the gluten in the flour, giving it a chewier texture when cooked. Then start all over again at the widest setting (“0”). Keep reducing the width of the rollers until you reach the desired thickness. It is best to roll it twice at each setting until you have reached setting “5”. After that, one time will be sufficient as the pasta sheet is very deliberate and translucent. At this point, be careful not to tear the dough. If the pasta sheet starts to feel sticky, dust some more flour. If the pasta sheet gets too long to handle, cut it into half.
  5. Resting the dough: After rolling, let the pasta sheet rest on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes. Flip it once or twice during the resting time. This will help to yield cleaner and easier cutting.
  6. Cutting the pasta: Run the pasta sheet through the fettutine cutter. After the pasta has come through, dust some flour and shake them gently into separate strands to avoid them sticking together.
  7. Drying the pasta: It is important to dry the pasta before cooking. This helps to improve the texture and flavour of the pasta. Hang the pasta strands on a pasta rack to dry for 15-30 minutes before cooking. You can also improvise by using laundry racks, cloth hangers, long cooking chopsticks, wooden spatula or back of a chair. Alternately, lay the pasta flat on a lightly floured towel, wire cooling rack or surface.
  8. Cooking the pasta: Bring a large pot of well salted water to the boil. Add oil (optional). Add the pasta, stir gently and cook for 2-5 minutes (depending on the thickness). Remember homemade pasta cooks much faster than the dried pasta you buy from the store. Taste it and keep checking in one-minute increment until the pasta is al-dente. Once it’s done, drain and toss the pasta with any pasta sauce or other ingredients. Serve immediately.
  9. Store the pasta:
    To store in the refrigerator: After drying the pasta, curl them up into nests or gather them in a loose basket-shape, store them into an airtight container and chill. It is best to consume within 1 day.
    To freeze:After drying your pasta, curl them up into nests or gather them in a loose basket-shape. Store them in a freezer bag or food container and freeze for up to 3 months. Frozen pasta can be cooked directly without having to thaw.
    For dried pasta: You need to make sure the pasta is fully and completely dry (from 12 to 24 hours) before storing at room temperature or else mould will develop. This dried pasta may need an extra 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time.


  1. Semolina flour is a coarse flour ground from hard durum wheat. It assembles the look of fine cornmeal. It delivers more yellow hue, nutty flavour and chewy texture for pasta. If you cannot find semolina flour, use plain flour to substitute but the pasta will be soft and less chewy.
  2. The egg liquid is around 150g. For eggless version, you can substitute the amount with water. However, this may affect the taste and texture of the pasta. In this case, the taste will be bland and the texture will be softer and mushier.
  3. The ratio between egg liquid and flour is about 1: 2 (softer dough) or 1: 2.2 (firmer dough). This ratio should be just considered as a guide. At time, flour may absorb more. You can use this ratio to make any amount of pasta you desire.
  4. You can use handsto mix the ingredients. Alternatively, you can do it in a large mixing bowl.
  5. My Marcato Altas 150 pasta roller comes with dial setting from number “0” to number“9”. I usually stop at setting “7” when making fettuccine.
  6. It would be easier to roll the pasta with 2 persons. One person feeds the pasta sheet through the machine and turns the handle while another one supports it as it comes out.
  7. If you intend to hang your pasta to dry, make the pasta longer. So, after drying, you can break it into two.
  8. I bought my Marcato Altas Ampia 150 pasta machine in a Chinese kitchenware shop at Kepong Baru market, Kuala Lumpur. I saw thisitem sold at CK Tangs, Singapore one year ago.


How to Make Authentic Egg Pasta by the world renowned Sorelle Simili [Simili Sisters] of Italy(video)
The Science of Best Fresh Pasta, SeriousEats
Make Great Fresh Pasta at Home: Tips From My Italian Mother-in-Law, The Kitchn
Step by Step on How to Make Fresh Pasta From Scratch – Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
Fresh Spinach Pasta by Smitten Kitchen (many useful tips!!)

Marcato Atlas Ampia 150 pasta machine

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  1. Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (5)Lingzie says:

    24 July 2015 at 9:17 pm

    the fresh pasta looks so beautiful!! great job!! i must try making them one day! 🙂


    • Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (6)food-4tots says:

      29 July 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Lingzie: Thank you for lovely compliment!! Do share your feedback after trying it. 🙂


  2. Nothing beats freshly homemade pasta! Yours turned out really great!


    • Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (8)food-4tots says:

      29 July 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Angie: Thank you for you wonderful compliment! 🙂


  3. Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (9)shia says:

    5 September 2015 at 9:13 pm

    im keen to know how do you clean this pasta maker?
    we bought it many years ago, made pan mee, and later on we dont know how to clean. so havent used it since 😀

    one method that i know is, use pasta dough to run through it and discard that dough, use it as a cleaner? is that it?


    • Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (10)food-4tots says:

      7 September 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Shia: I use a clean brush to dust off the extra flour and a clean and dry cloth to wipe it. I also turn it upside down to shake off any excess flour that is stuck inside. For my model, the plastic protectors inside the rollers can be removed for cleaning. I think your idea is great if the machine is not used for a long time. 🙂


  4. Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (11)win mar says:

    4 February 2016 at 1:09 pm

    never make it before. I will try it.


    • Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (12)food-4tots says:

      16 February 2016 at 9:05 am

      Win Mar: It’s real fun! Do share your feedback after trying it! 🙂


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Homemade Pasta | Food-4Tots | Recipes for Toddlers - Part 2 (2024)


Is homemade pasta worth the work? ›

The only way to be sure of the quality and freshness of the ingredients is when you buy them yourself. From the start to the end, you know what you have put in your dough, in the filling, and that the nutritional value of your food is mostly preserved. Only for this reason, making pasta from scratch is worth a try.

How to make pasta shapes for kids? ›

Using a knife, cut a long strand of pasta from your dough. With both hands, begin to roll your dough into a long worm-like shape. Don't worry if your strands are a little 'rustic' in appearance, they'll still be delicious! Feel free to cut your pici into smaller pieces, making it easier to manage for smaller hands.

Is homemade pasta difficult? ›

Ingredients-wise, making fresh pasta is actually incredibly straightforward – all you need is flour and eggs. The same goes for equipment, you don't need a pasta machine for our fresh pasta dough recipe, just a few common kitchen utensils and a clean work surface.

What can go wrong when making homemade pasta? ›

Top 10 Most Common Fresh Pasta Making Mistakes
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  2. Failing to rest the dough. If you fail to rest the dough for thirty minutes in the refrigerator, it will be shaggy and unincorporated.
  3. Over aggressive rolling. ...
  4. Drying in a careless clump.
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Is homemade pasta junk food? ›

Pasta can be a healthy meal. Since pasta is not very nutritious on its own, it's essential to add other foods to your pasta that are high in nutrients. You can ensure a healthy pasta meal by adding your favorite veggies to your dish and a lean protein, such as chicken, shrimp, or fish.

Is homemade pasta better with or without eggs? ›

Eggs – The key ingredient for adding richness and moisture to the dough! Olive oil – Along with the eggs, a splash of olive oil moistens the dough and helps it come together. Salt – Add it to the dough and the pasta water for the best flavor.

What is the best pasta shape for children? ›

Offer large pieces of flat, wide noodles or whole pieces of large tubular pasta, such as penne, rigatoni, or ziti. Pasta may be slippery and a little tough to hold on to with the immature grasp at this age. You may also chop spaghetti and other thin noodle shapes and serve in a bowl for hand scooping.

What is the easiest shape for homemade pasta? ›

Homemade handkerchief Pasta (easiest pasta shape!) Silk handkerchief pasta is the easiest homemade pasta shape to make. Pasta squares, known as fazzoletti, fold like silk to catch pools of sauce. Serve with a simple basil pesto or butter sauce for the easiest and most impressive looking fresh pasta dish.

Why is my homemade pasta rubbery? ›

If your pasta is rubbery or mushy, it's likely that it got overcooked. Be sure to cook homemade pasta no longer than 3-5 minutes to avoid this pitfall.

Are homemade pasta healthy? ›

Is Fresh Pasta Better for You? Many people consider homemade pasta healthier than dry pasta because of the egg. Eggs offer a range of beneficial nutrients, including iron and carotenoids. They are a hearty source of protein as well as the disease-fighting nutrient lutein, which works best when combined with fat.

Does homemade pasta need water? ›

But there are two things any pasta recipe absolutely needs: flour and water.

What is a good way to make pasta? ›

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  1. Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and boil 8 cups of water. Once the water is boiling salt it and place the fresh pasta in the water.
  2. Add the pasta and allow to cook for roughly 2 minutes or until tender. ...
  3. Strain the water off the pasta and serve as desired.
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How is normal pasta made? ›

Pasta (US: /ˈpɑːstə/, UK: /ˈpæstə/, Italian: [ˈpasta]) is a type of food typically made from an unleavened dough of wheat flour mixed with water or eggs, and formed into sheets or other shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking.

What ingredients are in dried pasta? ›

Most commercially-dried pasta contains only two ingredients: semolina flour and water. Giant silos that hold up to 150,000 pounds of semolina flour are the starting point of the process; pipes from the silos move the flour into a mixing machine, in which warm water is piped in.

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