Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Jan 5, 2008 01:45 PM

Homemade pasta without a pasta machine?

I've been reading a few posts about making pasta at home but I don't have a machine. Has anyone made pasta by rolling it out by hand? By the way, I am not talking about gnocchi either.
Thanks is advance!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Here's a link to Marianne Esposito's Ciao Italia website recipe for handmade pasta. I've seen her make it on TV and it seems really easy. Also, our grandmothers didn't have pasta machines and made very fine noodles.

    1. I've made pasta without a machine a couple of times with only so so results. No matter how much I let the dough rest betwen rolling I can never get it as thin as a machine will so it tends to be a bit starchy when cooked. If you are planning a wide pasta like papardelle or lasagne the cutting is easy with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. For narrower pastas like fettuccini you would roll it up like a cigar and cut strips that way. You need to use lots of flour to stop the dough from sticking to itself though. It's worth the effort just to have something other than dried pasta and I would recommend you give it a try. What have yo got to loose after all? About $2 worth of ingredients and a half hour of your time. The experience is worth that at least.

      1. Look for the thread about whether you have to use 00 flour for pasta and you'll find there a recipe for whole-wheat pasta that I posted. It can be done quite effectively with just a rolling pin.

        1. Thank you all for your replies..... I may spend my Sunday making pasta!

          1 Reply
          1. re: HungryRubia

            You may want to take a look at the book "Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken". It is substantially dedicated to the lost art of hand rolled pasta.

          2. Hand rolling pasta is, for me, very difficult.