Pasta Dough!

Pasta Dough!

Weekly Little Treehouse Family Recipe: Pasta Dough

Pasta isn’t expensive enough to justify making your own for economic reasons–but it’s worth it for sheer deliciousness and fun. Kids like making the dough itself, but the real fun is making pasta shapes. Farfalle, fusilli, garganelli: They can all hand-formed, even by little ones (though they may need some assistance). Click here for pasta shapes how-to’s. Below, a recipe for a sturdy pasta dough.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Combine the flour and salt in a bowl; shape into a mound and make a well in the center. Add the eggs and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the well and lightly beat with a fork. Gradually draw in the flour from the inside wall of the well in a circular motion. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and continue to incorporate all the flour until it forms a ball. Sprinkle some flour onto a flat work surface, knead and fold the dough until elastic and smooth (about 10 minutes). Brush the surface with the remaining olive oil and wrap the dough in plastic wrap; let rest for about 30 minutes.

With plenty of flour for dusting, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough; you might find that it’s easier to roll out the dough in sections, or to include kids in the process. In that case, separate the ball in two and continue to work, stretching with your hands and rolling until the dough is at a thin and consistent level.

Now you’re ready for shaping!

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