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A parchment lined baking sheet with mounds of red, white, and green coloured fresh linguini on it.
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Basic and Flavoured Pastas

Pasta is endlessly customizable, here's my basic guide - consider it a starting point, and have fun with it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 Per variety below
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Marie Porter
Cost: $10


Pasta Maker (Optional)


My Basic Pasta Recipe

  • 3+ Cups Flour
  • 4 Large Eggs

My Spinach Pasta Recipe

  • 5 oz Fresh Baby Spinach Steamed, strained well, then pureed
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs

My Beet Pasta Recipe

  • 2 Small Beets Roasted, Peeled, then Pureed
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs

My Pesto Pasta Recipe

  • ½ Cup Pesto Finely pureed - ideally without nuts.
  • 2+ Cups Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs


  • Once you have ingredients figured out, it’s just a matter of pulling them together into a dough. There are three main ways you can do this:
    1. By hand. Stir your wet ingredients into the flour, use your hands to knead it into a dough.
    2. By stand mixture: Dump everything in the bowl of your stand mixture, attach a dough hook, and let it do its thing.
    3. In a food processor. Put all the ingredients into a food processor, let it rip.
    For any of these three methods, you should adjust ingredients as you go. Once it comes together, pinch a piece of dough. If it’s sticky, add a little flour and blitz again, adjusting as necessary. When dough feels soft and a little moist, without actually being sticky, you’re good to go!
  • Dump dough out onto a floured surface, knead for 2-5 minutes, (~10 if not using a mixer or food processor) until soft and elastic.
  • Shape the dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 30 minutes, to relax the gluten.
  • Once time is up, run it through your pasta machine, following the manufacturer’s directions. Once your pasta is ready, boil it in a pot of salted water for a few minutes, and serve it however you’d like.


So there you go, a basic pasta overview. Expect a few fancier pasta recipes, coming up! (Ravioli and tortellini! Yum!)


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 5mg