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Love homemade pasta but don’t want to mix and knead it by hand? No problem. With 4 simple ingredients that you probably have on hand, you can make Food Processor Pasta Dough in 5 minutes flat.

fresh pasta dough ball held above the food processor bowl

Food processors are the most versatile of kitchen appliances. From making muffin batter to homemade gyro meat, there are literally endless uses for it. You might not know, though, that you can use yours to mix and knead homemade Italian pasta dough, saving you lots of time and keeping your pasta-making endeavors nearly mess-free. 

Ingredients You Need to Make Food Processor Pasta Dough

Food Processor Pasta Dough Ingredients on a white marble board
  • Flour: All-purpose flour. (see FAQ)
  • Salt: Kosher salt or half the amount of fine sea salt.
  • Eggs: Large eggs
  • Olive Oil: Ideally good, extra-virgin olive oil

Once you have your homemade pasta, the rest is easy and fast. Where dried pasta typically takes 10 minutes or more to boil, fresh pasta cooks in 2-3 minutes. And layered into lasagna, there’s no need to pre-boil the noodles at all (as in my favorite Lasagna with Cottage Cheese recipe).

Don’t want to use your fresh pasta right away? No problem.

How to Freeze Fresh Pasta

Spread freshly cut pasta onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper that you’ve dusted with flour. Freeze for 15-30 minutes to dry out the noodles so they won’t stick together. Transfer to freezer-safe storage bags or containers and enjoy within 1 month. Cook fresh pasta in 2-3 minutes, frozen pasta (no need to thaw first) for 3-5 minutes.

You can also freeze a ball of fresh pasta dough for 1 month. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight before rolling and cutting it.

How to Dry Fresh Pasta

Toss fresh noodles with a little flour and arrange in a single layer on a lightly floured surface or clean kitchen towel. Alternatively, you can hang noodles on a drying rack. Let stand at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours, depending on the humidity and temperature of your kitchen. (A fan set to low speed directed at the noodles will speed this process.) You know your pasta is properly dried when it breaks when twisted. If it bends, it needs to continue drying. Dried fresh pasta will last 2 months or more when stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Homemade pasta noodles hanging on wooden drying rack

FAQ

What is the dough blade on a food processor?

Most food processors come with a plastic ‘dough blade’. Despite the name, it does not work as well for dough making as the standard metal blade, also called the ‘S blade’.

Can you pre-make pasta dough?

Yes. You can refrigerate fresh pasta dough for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 1 month.

Can I use all-purpose flour for pasta?

Yes, and I recommend that you do. Many pasta recipes call for semolina flour, but all-purpose flour creates a more pleasing texture and offers a more reliable result. I find that semolina flour, though popular, can make sticky, gummy pasta dough.

Do you put olive oil in pasta dough?

Yes. A little bit of olive oil along with the eggs gives fresh pasta a silky texture.

When you realize freshly made pasta dough is just 5 minutes away, I hope your mind starts to rush to all of the ways you’d love to use it. Together with a manual pasta machine (here is the one I use), you can make delicate fresh pasta sheets that you can cut into any shape you like. Make pastas like spaghetti and linguine with the machine’s cutting attachments or cut homemade lasagna noodles or wide noodles like pappardelle by hand. Or, for a more rustic feel, roll and cut your dough completely by hand. Your options are limitless.

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How to Make Food Processor Pasta Dough

Step 1: Pulse flour and salt together in food processor bowl.

Step 2: Add egg and oil and pulse until the dough just starts to come together. Then process until the dough forms a ball and breaks apart a total of 3 times (about 1 minute). This will both make and knead the dough.Shape dough into a smooth ball; cover and let stand at room temperature 30-60 minutes before rolling and cutting.

Recipe Video

Food Processor Pasta Dough

4.80 from 10 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 208
Servings: 6 people
With 4 simple ingredients, you can make homemade pasta dough in your food processor in 5 minutes flat.

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions 

  • Add flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor; pulse a few times to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, mix eggs and olive oil with a fork until just combined. Pour over flour mixture in food processor. Pulse several times until no dry flour remains. Process for about 1 minute, or until dough has gathered into a rough ball then broken into small, bead-like fragments and gathered into a ball once or twice more. (This will both mix and knead the pasta dough.) If the dough gets stuck at any time, turn off the food processor and nudge the dough slightly and continue to process.
  • Remove the pasta dough from the food processor and shape with your hands into a smooth ball and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 30-60 minutes at room temperature. Roll out immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day (recipe note).

Notes

  1. Plan to use your fresh pasta dough within 1 day as the eggs will begin to oxidize and change color if refrigerated for longer. The same goes for fresh pasta noodles – you’ll want to use or freeze within 1 day and use within 1 month.
  2. I recommend a medium-sized food processor for this recipe, 10 to 13 cup. The one pictured is an 11-cup processor.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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31 Comments

  1. Ellen says:

    5 stars
    Made pasta for the first time tonight and used this recipe. Quick, easy and very good!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love to hear this, Ellen! Thank you for coming back to let me know.

  2. Sherry Chamberlin says:

    5 stars
    Hello Marissa I have a question for you. I’ve been making this same recipe for many years and my question has to do with once it’s done. You see I’m disabled and I have to pace myself when doing things and I like to take day one to actually make the dough and then take day two or three and roll the dough and make the shape I need. I like to use pasta dough to make homemade pierogies. I will make lasagna sheets and then cut out my rounds and fill them and seal them. Then we boil them and fry them. When I make them all in one day when I have help I will make the rounds and lay them on a clean towel and then cover them with another to keep them from drying out and then somebody else does the filling and sealing. My question is do you know a way that I could cut the rounds and be able to save them to be used within the next 2 days? This time I will be doing it all on my own and I just cannot do it all in one day by myself. I may have to wait as many as 2 days and I just don’t know how to do that without them drying out and being unusable. So I would love to have some ideas if you have any on how I could save the rounds or maybe even save the lasagna sheets in the full length that I roll them out. I’ve rolled out sheets as long as two and a half to 3 ft before and if I could keep them in the length so I could get as many rounds out of them I would appreciate that. But any idea that you have that could help me take the break that I need in between steps and saving the dough after it has been made into lasagna sheets or even the smaller rounds would be what I would like to do. I know how to save the ball of dough because I’ve done that before, but it’s just after the fact that I haven’t figured out yet. Thank you so much in advance for any ideas you may have or anybody else that may read this.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Sherry! After about 18 hours in the refrigerator, your fresh dough will start to oxidize and turn a green/gray color. So I recommend freezing your dough rounds layered between wax paper or parchment paper in an airtight container and thawing them in the refrigerator the night before you plan to assemble your pierogies. You can do this up to a month in advance. I hope that helps!

      1. Sherry Chamberlin says:

        Thank you so much. I freeze all the other shapes that I make and I was always leery about freezing the rounds because I don’t want them to lose their shape and size. I’m going to be making the pasta one day this week and I will try your technique with some parchment paper that I have and I’ll come back and let you all know how it turned out. I know it’s going to take me at least 4 to 5 days to fully make the pierogies on my own but at least now if this really works I won’t have to ask for help. Thanks again for your advice.

  3. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Really happy with this recipe. I added 3/4 cup of frozen spinach, just before letting the dough rest. Perfect! Thank you

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      My pleasure, Jennifer! I bet the spinach makes a really pretty pasta dough.