Basic pasta dough

Discover the joys of fresh, home-made pasta with Gennaro Contaldo's simple recipe for this classic Italian foodstuff
By Gennaro Contaldo
Basic pasta dough
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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 30 mins resting time
  • Effort: easy



  • 150 g '00' flour
  • 50 g semolina
  • 2 medium-sized eggs


1. Combine the flour and semolina on a clean work surface or in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and break in the eggs.2. With a fork or with your hands, gradually mix the flour with the eggs until thoroughly mixed together. Knead with your hands to form a smooth, soft dough.3. Form the pasta dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and leave for about 30 minutes or until you are ready to use.4. Divide the pasta dough into 4 portions and put through your pasta machine starting at the highest setting. As the pasta gets thinner, turn down the settings until you get to number 1 and your pasta dough is almost wafer-thin. Place the pasta sheets on a lightly floured surface if using straight away or cover with cling film and refrigerate if using later.

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