Master Recipe for Pasta Dough

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

Makes about 1 pound fresh pasta. Cook’s Illustrated version.


  1. Pulse flour in workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade to evenly distribute.
  2. Add eggs; process until dough forms a rough ball.
  3. (about 30 seconds.
  4. If dough resembles small pebbles, add water, ½ teaspoon at a time.
  5. If dough sticks to side of workbowl, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and process until dough forms a rough ball.).
  6. Turn dough ball and small bits out onto a dry work surface.
  7. knead until dough is smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until your ready to run through pasta machine.
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My husband surprised me tonight with a new pasta attachment for my Kitchen aid and i needed a recipe to try out my new gadget. I followed the recipe exactly as written (but i doubled the batch as my mixer was too big to handle a single batch) . This was a very VERY good and simple recipe. The pasta was light and fluffy and tasty.

Yellow Lab Lover June 04, 2008

Great recipe. After I added the 3 eggs I thought the dough was to dry so I added a fourth egg. Bad idea! Just follow Diana's directions, they are perfect. I used the pasta to make Papardelle for Pappardelle Bolognese Con Verdure and just to add a little bit of color and a touch of flavor I added some Turmeric and paprika to the flour. Thanks for posting.

MsPia May 10, 2008

i did it the old fashioned way of kneading by hand. i then used a hand-cranked pasta machine to cut to spaghetti. the result was a very 'bouncy' noodle that soaked up the sauce very well. bravo

LoveMyPeeps June 29, 2008