homemade pasta without a machine
You can make homemade pasta WITHOUT a machine. It’s easy, fun to make and delicious to eat. This pasta dish is served with a braised chicken sauce, but you can serve it with a variety of tasty sauces

This quick video shows you how to mix and shape your fresh, homemade pasta

Pasta dough recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

½  teaspoon salt

Handmade Pasta Drirections

Put your flour into a large bowl.  Add beaten eggs, olive oil and salt.  Mix all the ingredients together and put onto a lightly floured counter top.  Knead your pasta dough until it becomes smooth, about 5 minutes.  Be careful not to knead in too much flour, it’s better to have a softer dough than a stiff one.

Wrap the pasta dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Cut off a piece of pasta dough (keep the rest of the pasta dough wrapped in plastic until you are ready to use it)  and roll it into a rope.  Cut off 1/2 inch piece of dough and flatten it out with  the heel of you hand. Roll  the pasta around the lightly floured handle of a wooden spoon.  Slide the pasta off the spoon handle and continue with the rest of your dough.

Let the pasta dry on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes.

Boil the pasta in salted water for 3-4 minutes or until its tender.  Drain your pasta, add it to your sauce and simmer for 1 minute. Serve and enjoy

I served my pasta with the a braised chicken sauce and it was absolutely delicious.  My kids went nuts for it

Braised Chicken Pasta Sauce 

2 tablespoons olive oil


1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch chunks


5 chicken Italian sausage links, casing removed


1/2 cup chopped onion


1/4 cup chopped carrots


2 cloves chopped garlic


2 tablespoons tomato paste


2 cups chicken stock


1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes


1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


Salt to taste

½-1 cup of water

Heat olive oil in a wide, heavy bottomed pan over medium heat.  Brown chicken thighs and remove from pan.  Break the sausage into chunks with a spoon in the pan and brown sausage.  Remove from pan.


Lower the heat. Sauté onions and carrots until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.


Add tomato paste into the pan with the carrots, onion and garlic and stir for 30 seconds.  Add chicken thighs and sausage to the pan.  Next add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, oregano and salt to the pan and stir to combine.


Let this simmer over medium-low heat for about an hour adding a ½ -1 cup of water if the sauce gets too thick.

Brown the chicken thighs in olive oil
Brown the chicken thighs in olive oil
Brown the sausage in the same pan
Brown the sausage in the same pan
Add tomato paste to the sauteed vegetables
Add tomato paste to the sauteed vegetables
Add diced  tomatoes and chicken stock. simmer for about an hour, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.
Add diced tomatoes and chicken stock. simmer for about an hour, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.





23 Comments on How to Make Homemade Pasta WITHOUT a Machine

  1. Debi
    March 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm (10 years ago)

    I have always wanted to make pasta but never had a machine. This is great information.

  2. Eliz Frank
    March 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks labor intensive… a labor of love… You did an awesome job on this dish.

  3. Ashley M
    March 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm (10 years ago)

    I can’t bring myself to buy the attachment so I also make mine by hand. 😉

  4. Virginia Higgins
    March 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm (10 years ago)

    My brother in law specializes in homemade chicken noodle soup. When he makes it, the whole family flocks over for dinner!

  5. Krystal's Kitsch
    March 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm (10 years ago)

    I had no idea you could really make your own pasta without a machine. Looks easy and fun.

  6. A Mom's Take
    March 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Hubby has made homemade noodles for us before. They always end up WAY too fat though.

  7. Brandy
    March 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm (10 years ago)

    My daughter learned how to make pasta on her own, I will have to share this with her to see if it’s similar method. Thanks for sharing.

  8. susannabarbee
    March 3, 2014 at 2:13 am (10 years ago)

    How cool! I love homemade pasta and have always wondered how folks make it without a machine. Looks so good.

  9. twochicsandablog
    March 3, 2014 at 2:05 am (10 years ago)

    I would love to make homemade pasta! This looks like a great recipe!

  10. Janeane Davis
    March 3, 2014 at 1:52 am (10 years ago)

    I have a family of pasta lovers. I would like to try this pasta machine free pasta recipe.

  11. Amanda H.
    March 3, 2014 at 1:36 am (10 years ago)

    I have never made homemade pasta before – I always thought it was too hard. You make it look like a piece of cake!

  12. Debbie L.
    March 3, 2014 at 12:18 am (10 years ago)

    You make this look so simple! Amazing and it looks delicious!

  13. Aimee Smith
    March 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks like so much fun to try! I have never made homemade noodles before!

  14. Jenni Polly Eaves
    March 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm (10 years ago)

    I’d love to try my hand at making homemade pasta. Pasta one of my husband’s favorite things to eat and I know he’d love it. His mom makes homemade noodles, but they’re more like a dumpling texture than pasta. Still yummy though!

  15. Melanie Scout (@GameOnMom)
    March 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm (10 years ago)

    I’ve been meaning to try making my own pasta; I’ve just been afraid I would screw it up. This looks so easy though!

  16. Rosey
    March 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm (10 years ago)

    My gram used to make homemade pasta without a machine. Still to this day, it’s the best pasta I’ve ever tasted. 🙂

  17. Jenn @TheRebelChick
    March 2, 2014 at 12:56 am (10 years ago)

    Dude you are my HERO! I had no idea that you could make your own pasta without using a machine!

  18. sippycupmom
    March 2, 2014 at 12:46 am (10 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea I could do this, figured I needed a fancy machine!

  19. kim
    March 1, 2014 at 11:55 pm (10 years ago)

    UMMM not sure if I would want to tackle that! Your recipe sounds good and tasty. I know my little one would eat it up!!

  20. alesha@fulltimemama
    March 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Okay, I can totally do this! I’m going to have to try this and stop buying the boxed stuff; this has got to be so much better!! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm (10 years ago)

    I grew up on homemade pasta and honestly, nothing compares to it. I would love to try your recipe sometime!


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