One of our favorite recipes to make with kids is homemade pasta. We do it for classes, camps, and even birthday parties. The dough comes together quickly, and kids love rolling out and cutting their own pasta. The exclamations of surprise and delight as the pasta takes its final shape is always so much fun to hear. And nothing beats the taste of fresh pasta! Add sauce like marinara or Alfredo, or keep it simple with a butter parmesan sauce. You can use an attachment for a stand mixer, a manual pasta roller, or do it all by hand.

Yields 1 pound pasta

Homemade Pasta
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  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 large eggs, beaten


  1. Combine the flour and salt.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour, and add three of the eggs.
  3. Gradually draw flour into the eggs. Mix until a stiff dough forms. If the dough isn’t coming together, crack the fourth egg and whisk until white and yolk are fully combined. Add a tablespoon of whisked egg until dough forms, making sure to mix well before adding more.
  4. Knead dough for 8-10 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add a sprinkle of flour. This will be a stiff dough, but the longer you knead it, the more pliable it will become. Dough should have a smooth satiny consistency.
  5. Cover dough in plastic wrap, and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 4-6 manageable sections.
  7. When rolling out with a pasta roller, start with the biggest setting and run the dough through twice.
  8. Gradually work down the roller settings until desired thickness is reached.
  9. Pass through cutter attachment on roller for fettuccine type cuts or cut shapes like bow ties by hand.
  10. Fresh pasta only takes 3-6 minutes to boil depending on the shape cut. It can even be cooked right in a sauce.


Can be rolled and cut by hand. Sizes will be more rustic, but the amazing taste will remain.