Flat Pasta Sheets

Follow these simple steps to create your own perfect pasta.


Take a look at these tips for creating Homemade Pasta:

Try This Technique:
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1. To knead dough, curve your fingers over the edge of the dough and pull it toward you. Push down and away with the heel of your hand. Give dough a quarter turn, fold it toward you, and repeat until dough is smooth and elastic.

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2. Shape the dough into a ball. Cover it with a towel to keep it from drying out. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Resting relaxes the dough, making it easier to roll out.

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3. Divide the dough into thirds or fourths. Place one portion on a lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll from center to edges to 1/16-inch thickness. (One fourth of the dough rolled 1/16-inch thick makes a square about 12 x 12 inches.) Use a ruler to make an even rectangle. Repeat with remaining dough.

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4. Dry the surface of the dough slightly by letting it stand, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Roll the dough up loosely. For linguine, cut dough into 1/8-inch-wide slices with a sharp knife. For fettuccine or noodles, cut dough 1/4-inch wide. For tagliatelle, cut into 1/2-inch slices. Lift and shake the slices to separate the strands. Cut noodles into 2-inch lengths.

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