Making Bread Machine Pasta Dough: Our Favorite Recipe

Making Bread Machine Pasta Dough Our Favorite Recipe
Making Bread Machine Pasta Dough Our Favorite Recipe

Making your own fresh pasta at home is daunting, especially for newbies. It’s a long process but trust us when we say it’s well worth it. Fresh pasta beats any dry pasta you’ll find at your local grocery store.

Did you know that you don’t need a pasta machine to make the perfect pasta dough? In fact, you can use most modern bread machines to mix and knead your pasta dough perfectly.

We wanted to share our favorite pasta dough recipe and how to make it with your bread machine. Not only that, but we have some great tips for making the best fresh pasta you’ve ever eaten.

Tips for Making Pasta Dough

Before you start making your pasta, we have a few tips for making it the best pasta dough and pasta you’ve ever had!

Tips for Making Pasta Dough
  • Fresh eggs are always the best choice for making pasta dough. Watery eggs will affect the quality of your pasta. Eggs should be at room temperature before you start as well.
  • You can substitute water for eggs but the taste just isn’t the same. Plus, the eggs make the pasta dough easier to work with.
  • Get creative with your pasta. Add a teaspoon or two of your favorite herbs. Make sure it pairs well with whatever pasta sauce you plan to use. That said, with some of these herbs, you might decide to ditch the sauce all together.
  • Want colorful and super yummy pasta? Puree some red or orange peppers or even beets, depending on your taste buds. Add these pureed veggies right into the pasta dough mix.
  • If possible, avoid working in a kitchen with too much of a draft. It dries out your pasta dough before you get a chance to shape it.
  • Never rinse your pasta. This removes the starch which is what makes it so the pasta holds the sauce that it clings to it perfectly.
  • When you cook fresh pasta, use a little olive oil so the pasta doesn’t stick together and a lot of salt. The salt is what gives pasta the most flavor.
  • Fresh pasta cooks much faster than dry store-bought pasta. It will be finished anywhere between three to five minutes.

Our Favorite Pasta Dough Recipe

Hamilton Beach 29882 2 lb Non-Stick Bread Maker

This is our favorite pasta dough recipe for creating any type of fresh pasta. The olive oil gives the pasta a richer taste but it is optional.

  • 2 cups of 00 soft what flour
  • 2 cups of semolina pasta flour
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. 1
    First, add the olive oil, water, and eggs to your bread machine. In most machines, ingredients mix better if you put the liquids in first.
  2. 2
    Next, pour in both types of flour.
  3. 3
    Select the “Dough” setting on your bread machine. If you have an advanced machine, you might even have a “Pasta Dough” setting.
  4. 4
    Keep an eye on the dough while it mixes and kneads. Humidity and different temperatures can affect consistency. If it’s too dry, add water a tablespoon at a time. If your dough is too wet and sticky, add flour a dash at a time. You want a smooth ball of dough to work with.
  5. 5
    Use a spatula every now and then to scrape the sides of the bread pan to ensure that all ingredients are mixed and kneaded in the bread machine.
  6. 6
    After about 20 minutes, the pasta dough should be finished. Double-check to make sure it’s perfect. To do this, push down on the dough with your finger. The dough should bounce back. If it keeps the indentation from your finger, put it back into the bread machine to knead for a few more minutes.
  7. 7
    Once your pasta dough is finished, remove it from the machine. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows the gluten protein to relax and become more elastic so it’ll be easier to work with later.
  8. 8
    Remove the pasta dough from the plastic wrap and get ready to shape some yummy pasta. Covering your work area with flour so the dough doesn’t stick. Try covering your hands and fingers with flour, too.
  9. 9
    Take a dough cutter (or a pizza cutter or knife) and divide the pasta dough into four sections. While you’re working with one, keep the others wrapped in plastic so they stay fresh.
  10. 10
    Now you can manipulate the pasta dough into any type of pasta you want. You’ll find trial and error is the best way to figure out the thickness and shape of your pasta. A roller will help you along the way. Keep your pasta in small piles so they don’t all stick together.
  11. 11
    Once you have your pasta shaped, lay them out so they’re not touching to let them dry out.
  12. 12
    When your pasta is dry, it’s time to either cook it or refrigerate it for a later meal. That said, you should only store it in the fridge for half a day. To save it for longer, it’s best to put it in the freezer.
When your pasta is dry

We do have a gluten-free recipe option for anyone who has a gluten-free diet:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 eggs, beaten

We also have a vegan option for any vegans out there:

  • 2 cups of semolina flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water

Final Thoughts

Making pasta doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. In fact, the hardest part of making pasta is kneading the pasta dough for 10 minutes. This is why having a bread machine will make your life easier so you can enjoy fresh pasta for dinner whenever you want.

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