Pasta Making: Papperadelle

Last Saturday I made homemade Papperadelle for my 2 Cheap Chicks Challenge. I used to watch my Ma make pasta and ravioli by hand but nowadays we have modern tools that work quite well. My pasta making tools are my KitchenAid mixer which I used to mix up my dough and my Atlas Pasta Machine to roll the dough. I have not used the KitchenAid Pasta Roller attachment as they were not available when I purchased my Atlas. Papperadelle is a very wide pasta noodle and is very rustic and inviting. It was the perfect choice for my Spinach Gnudi.

4 eggs
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Place the four eggs in a liquid measuring cup. Add water to equal one cup of liquid total. Beat a little with a fork and add to bowl of your mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, on medium speed, mix in small amounts of flour at a time. Once the flour is added, mix slightly longer. Remove dough to a floured surface and knead. If too dry, wet your hands and knead. If too wet, add small amounts of flour, One tablespoon at a time. The dough should be pliable but not sticky. Leave on floured surface and cover tightly with plastic wrap to rest, about 10 minutes.


Cut a racket ball sized piece of dough from the larger ball and knead slightly. Be sure to cover the larger dough back up with plastic to prevent drying. Place your Pasta Machine on #1 or the thickest setting. Roll dough ball through once.

Flour each side and triple fold the dough as shown in the photo. Run through the pasta machine again, refold and roll one last time set at #1. See photo below to see how this looks.

Now turn the dial to #2 and roll dough once. Do not fold anymore at this point but you may need to flour the dough with each pass through the machine to prevent sticking. Continue to turn the dial up in each numerical increment until you get your desired thickness. I ended with #5 but may have liked it better at #7.


Place the entire rolled piece of dough on a floured surface, sprinkle with more flour and roll up tightly. Using a sharp knife cut the noodles as wide as you would like. Since I was making Papperadelle, I made the noodles about 3/4 inch wide. I do have the attachments to make linguine and fettuccine but not wide plates for Papperadelle.

Unroll each noodle and place on a very floured towel to dry or you may hang them on a pasta drier. I was cooking these right away so a towel worked for me. If you do dry these then you can store them in the refrigerator to be cooked later. Be sure they are dried, floured nicely, and wrapped well before storing in the refrigerator or they will clump.

To cook place in well salted boiling water and cook about 3-5 minutes for al dente. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce.

To clean you pasta machine, brush excess flour off using a pastry brush. Using a slightly damp cloth wipe the machine down. If there is dough caught in the wheels, then leave machine out over night to dry the dough. The dried dough will come out with a gentle shake or nudge with a wooden skewer. Do not soak the unit in the sink, it is better to clean using the most dry technique as possible.

So you see with some modern contraptions, pasta making is very simple and quick, it can probably can be made up before the water boils.

Note- I have used pasta drying racks in the past and I feel that they are unnecessary. The pasta gets too dry and brittle and breaks and it is one more thing to store away and have to be put back together. Towel drying works well enough, especially if you plan to cook the pasta immediately which is preferred. When making pasta, flour is your friend as long as you do not get the dough too dry. Flour does prevent the dough from sticking back on itself. Before committing to purchasing a machine, try borrowing someone elses first.


  1. recipes2share
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    This is a great series of pictures. I love making pasta – I find the whole process quite relaxing and would really recommend it to relieve the stresses and strains!

  2. Linda
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    We have made gnocchi but not pasta. Now that husband is retired he wants to try this. The whole things looks delicious!

  3. Rachael
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    I have always been so fascinated my making homemade pasta! I can just imagine how much better it must taste than the boxed Barilla kind!

    My husband really wants us to start making our own pasta! Thanks for the little tutorial 🙂

  4. HoneyB
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    Great pics and you make me want to try to make fresh homemade pasta!

  5. Karen
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    Nice tutorial; you make it look so easy. I’ll have to give this a try.

  6. Grace
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    anyone and everyone who makes their own pasta gets many kudos from me. i doubt i’ll ever do it–i’m just too lazy and spoiled. 🙂

  7. noble pig
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    I am going to try this as my 1st homemade pasta recipe! Thank you!

  8. biz319
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    This looks so good! I don’t have a pasta machine though, so I may roll it out by hand – I figured your mom did it, so I can too!

    I’ll let you know how it goes!

  9. That Girl
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    I think I have the same pasta machine! I lllooooooovvvvve it.

  10. PaniniKathy
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful results! The sight of your pasta machine reminded me that I have one of those contraptions collecting dust around here. My last attempt was a hot mess! But I think I may be ready to redeem myself soon 🙂

  11. pigpigscorner
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to try homemade pasta! Yours looks really good!

  12. Peter M
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM | Permalink

    R-Sue, thanks for the easy to follow tutorial…just got a machine last year and it’s very therapeutic (making pasta).

  13. Joie de vivre
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Cool! Great post!

  14. Angela@SpinachTiger
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

    My husband LOVES stromboli. Tonight we are doing homemade pizza, but maybe I’ll confirgure a stromboli just for fun. Looks so delicious.

  15. Donna-FFW
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    Just wanted to let you know I mentioned this post in my blog today.. hope thats ok.:) I love the stuff on your site! I am trying your pancake squares any day now!

  16. Bret's Table
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the great photos. I’ll definitely be making papperadelle very soon.

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