Why make pasta from scratch? It can be cheaper than store bought, it tastes great, and the recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients. This particular pasta recipe is quite frugal, costing about $0.65-0.80 cents a batch(cheaper if you use vegetable oil instead of olive oil).
Pour the flour into a bowl and make a divot in the center. Add the eggs into the divot.
Mix the eggs with your hand (you can use a spoon too.. I find it easier to use my hand).
When the egg and flour is half way mixed together, add the first teaspoon of olive oil and continue to mix with your hand until it is almost all the way incorporated.
Pour the dough on a clean countertop and drizzle another teaspoon of olive oil on top. Incorporate it into the dough with your hands until the dough comes together. If you find the dough is too crumbly still, add a little more olive oil 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the dough ball forms.
The dough ball should not be hard but also not be soft. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for an hour. This will make it easier to work with.
Cut the dough into 3 equal sized parts and with either a pasta roller or a rolling pin, roll each portion of dough very thinly.
Next, cut the rolled pasta dough into smaller strips and then cut those in half. Or you could cut them into any shape you’d like, get creative!
Boil the pasta for 3 to 5 minutes ONLY. Homemade pasta only takes a small amount of time to cook. Don’t over cook it or it may turn gooey.
Serve it with your favorite sauce or add to a soup! Enjoy.
Frugal Homemade Pasta Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2-4 tsp olive oil / vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- Pour the flour into a medium sized mixing bowl. Make a divot in the center of the flour. Crack the eggs into the divot.
- Mix the eggs with your hand or a spoon. Then incorporate them into the flour about halfway. Add a tsp of olive oil and a tbsp of water and continue to combine until it is still just a little crumbly.
- Pour the dough onto a clean countertop and drizzle another 1-2 tsp of olive oil over the dough. Work the dough with your hands until it forms into a dough ball. The dough should not be hard or soft. If the dough is too crumbly add more water or olive oil 1/2 tsp at a time until it comes together.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour. Then cut the dough into 3 equal parts. With either a rolling pin or a pasta roller, roll each part of dough very thin(A number 4 on a pasta roller). See photos above.
- Cut dough into strips or whatever shape you’d like and boil in lightly salted water for 3 to 5 minutes only. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce.