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Basic Fresh Pasta

Serves 1

This simple pasta recipe forms the basis for many types and shapes of pasta, such as those in the recipes below. The basic pasta recipe can be doubled and the pasta frozen to use a later date.

Free from Soya, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Without crystal sugar


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  1. Put the flour and egg into a bowl and mix into a dough.
  2. Knead well for 2 minutes then cover and leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Dust the pasta machine with flour and pass the dough through the wide, flat roller several times.
  4. Decrease the roller width a little and pass the dough through that a couple of times. If the dough seems sticky dust it with some flour.
  5. Reduce the roller width some more and roll the dough sheet thinner.
  6. Use thin dough sheets to make lasagna, ravioli parcels or maltagliata shapes. To make tagliatelle or spaghetti pass the dough through the slicing rollers or use a knife to cut the dough into strips.
  7. Dust the uncooked pasta with flour to stop it sticking together.

For cooking

  1. Put the water and salt into a large saucepan and bring it to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the pasta and stir to ensure it is free flowing in the water.
  3. Cook for 3-10 minutes, depending upon the size and thickness of the pasta. Fresh pasta cooks more quickly than dry pasta.
  4. When cooked drain the pasta and serve immediately.


Pasta machine or rolling pin, large 2lt saucepan

Cooking time

3-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your pasta

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