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Old-School, By-Hand Pasta Recipe

Homemade Pasta Recipe – No Machine Needed

All You Need is a Table and a Rolling Pin

Sheltering in place gives us a chance to try a new recipe and create a homemade dish. We have tested this made-by-hand, from-scratch pasta recipe from Babish – take our word for it, it’s delicious!


  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Handmade Fettuccine

1. Start by making a mound of flour on your countertop. Make a well in the middle so that you can crack two or three eggs in it.

2. Give it a little drizzle of olive oil (optional), and a pinch of salt.

3. Grab a fork and beat/whisk the eggs ,picking up a little flour with every stroke of the fork.

4. Once it becomes too sticky, grab a bench scraper (or spatula )and start folding everything towards the center.

5. Once a shaggy dough starts to form, begin to knead the dough by hand for a solid ten minutes. Knead until the dough has the consistency of play dough.

6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for at least thirty minutes. This lets the gluten relax a little bit before rolling it out.

7. After thirty minutes, unwrap the dough and start flouring everything – your hands, the dough, the rolling pin, the countertop, and anything else you think needs flouring around you.

8. Once finished flouring, cut the dough down the center into two halves.

9. Now it’s time to start gently rolling/laminating it out. Roll it out followed by folding into thirds, turn it 90 degrees and then roll out again.  Do this 3 times total before going for the big-time roll. Roll until you can almost see your hand through it.

10. Once you have the dough rolled out to size and thickness it is time to cut. Start by cutting off the edges to give you an even rectangle. From here you can make lasagna noodles, or filled pasta like tortellini or ravioli.

11. For simple pasta, loosely fold the dough, cutting it into nice wide fettuccine pieces. Once finished cutting, unfold all of the pieces to make sure none of them are stuck together.

12. Once all of the noodles are unwound, lift up the noodles and toss them with a little bit of flour to make sure they don’t stick together. Make sure each individual strand is coated with flour.

13. Hang to dry or place under plastic wrap until ready to use.

Cooking the Pasta

  1. Place the noodles into salted boiling water for no more than 90 seconds. Taste to know when done.


Source: Basics with Babish-Pasta

*Watch the video below for the above recipe as well as ways to utilize the fettuccini.



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