Pasta Dough ("00" Flour)

1) Making the Pasta Dough

• Ingredients for making Fresh Pasta
1kg of “00” flour
• 9 whole eggs
• 1 pinch of fine salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil


Sift the flour onto a clean work surface and use your fist to make a well in the center.

Break the eggs into the well. Add the oil and a pinch of salt to the well.
Gradually mix the egg mixture into the flour using the fingers of one hand, bringing the ingredients together into a firm dough. If the dough feels too dry, simply add a little water, a few drops at a time, up to a couple of tablespoons; if the dough feels too wet, add a little more flour. Note that you don’t want to add too much flour or your pasta will be tough and taste floury.


Knead the pasta dough until it’s smooth, 2 to 5 minutes. Lightly massage it with a touch of olive oil, tuck the dough in a resealable plastic bag, and let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. The pasta will be much more elastic after resting than it was before.

2) Using the Pasta Making Machine


Feed the blob of pasta dough through a pasta machine set on the widest setting.
As the sheet of pasta dough comes out of the machine, fold it into thirds and then feed it through the rollers again, still on the widest setting.


Pass the pasta through this same setting a total of 4 or 5 times. This takes the place of kneading the pasta dough and ensures the resulting pasta is silky smooth.


Pass the sheet of pasta dough through the machine again, repeatedly, gradually reducing the settings, one pass at a time, until the pasta achieves the desired thickness.


Your sheet of pasta dough will become quite long—if you have trouble keeping the dough from folding onto itself or if you are making ravioli, cut the sheet of dough in half and feed each half through separately.


Generally the second-from-last setting is best for tagliatelle and the last setting is best for ravioli and any other shapes that are to be filled.