Freckles in April: Whole Foods Recipe: Pasta

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Whole Foods Recipe: Pasta

When I got married my aunt and uncle gave me the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook. I remember thinking, "Oh crap, Aaron is going to want to eat things that aren't Pasta Roni. I'm in trouble."

I remember flipping through the cookbook and landing on a recipe for pasta from scratch. I was like, "What can MAKE pasta?? Why would you bother?"

I've come a long way.

These days I make most of our pasta. It's easy, it's healthy, and it's delicious. If you have a bread maker with a "Pasta dough" setting then this becomes that much easier. I just throw everything in my bread maker and turn on the pasta setting. Twenty minutes later I roll it out with my rolling pin, cut it with my pizza cutter, and let it dry for a bit on some kitchen towels.

Homemade Pasta
adapted slightly from Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition

2 cups flour (I use home ground white whole wheat but you can use all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix flour and salt. Make a well and add eggs, water and oil. Mix and then knead for 5 to 10 minutes. Dough should be smooth and elastic.

Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15-30 minutes.

Divide into 4 pieces, roll each piece out (I like mine super thin but thick noodles are fun sometimes too. It's a personal preference thing), cut into strips, arrange in a single layer on a kitchen towel to dry for 30 minutes.

Boil 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  1. are you serious? that sounds so simple! i've never attempted homemade pasta because i assumed it would be super tricky. i am definitely trying this. thanks, kayla!

  2. well crap! I don't have a bread maker, I use my stand mixer and, if necessary, some elbow grease. (well, that's what my hubs is for:) ) I guess it's store bought for us. *totally relieved sigh*

  3. i love making pasta! but i go even simpler (cuz i'm lazy) and just use water and flour. so much better than store bought. yum!

  4. Oh wow! Home made pasta looks amazing! I will have to try it sometime. I'm probably not there yet haha (still in the stage you mentioned like "Why would you ever make it?")

    Ashley Sloan

  5. Nice! That looks delicious. I got the same cookbook when I got married- I had been thinking about trying the recipe. I love whole foods, but am not consistent with it. Have you ever tried using this recipe as a base for making ravioli? Either way, I am now a follower!

  6. I have! It makes excellent ravioli but you DO have to make sure you roll it suuuper thin, which can be difficult sometimes. Lots of rolling.


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