home made pasta
My Grandmother. Born in Italy in 1899, she came to the US where she met and married my grandfather.

This past weekend, we spent the day making home-made pasta noodles with my mom, my sister and brother-in-law.  Mary and I both grew up with parents who made fresh pasta, and although I am sure we both may have been “little helpers” in our youth – this was truly the first time for either of us to really learn the art.  The best part of all, was in addition to making incredible fresh pasta – we learned so much more about the past.  (recipe is at the end of the post)

Tried and true recipe with vintage tools of the trade

The recipe itself is simple.  Two basic ingredients. Eggs, and flour – with about 1 egg for every cup of flour.  It can’t get more simple than that – and it’s easy to see why pasta of all types has fed many a generation of hungry people.  It’s inexpensive and easy to make – and it filled you up!

On this day we had the privilege of using my mother’s pasta maker. It was imported from Italy over 65 years ago as a wedding present from my Italian grandmother to my then newlywed mom. Still available new today, the classic Imperia pasta maker was impressive to see as it has stood the test of time

home made pasta
The pasta maker that was given to my mother as a wedding present in 1953 – still as beautiful as it was then! Imperia Pasta Maker

As the day unfolded – I became amazed at just how many things my mom still used and that still looked and worked so well from those earlier years.

In addition to the pasta maker, we beat the eggs and mixed flour in brightly colored vintage Pyrex mixing bowls, and worked the dough on an old wooden pie board that was a wedding shower present.

If that wasn’t enough – we rolled and cut dough out on a classic cherry red kitchen table from the 50’s – in the extra downstairs kitchen my father had built for mom, complete with their matching vintage refrigerator and oven.

Still both working by the way!

Working in the vintage kitchen – Admiral Fridge and Stove, along with a classic red table and the pasta machine.

We joked with my mom that all of her older “things” are so “in” right now – but after spending the day working with everything – it’s easy to see why that’s the case.  There is no mistaking the quality and workmanship built into the tools and appliances of our parents and grandparents era. Things were built to last, and taken care of by a generation who valued what they had.  Something that I think our generation should and could learn a lot from.

So while we rolled the dough through the machine – We got to hear great stories about how my grandmother would make mountains of pasta right on the kitchen table – and all about big Sunday dinners of the past, complete with spaghetti, fried chicken and of course, homemade wine.

We finished the day with a great family style spaghetti feast – topped with pasta sauce we had canned from our garden – and yes a little wine too (someday, hopefully we can use one of our own bottles!)   It felt like after all that pasta we should have included a nap as well!

The dough balls – all ready to be rolled through the pasta machine and then cut into noodles.

All joking aside – this day will go down as a favorite.  Spending time with family, passing on recipes, hearing stories of the past and enjoying great home-made food – that is something no amount of money can ever buy – and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

We also learned some valuable lessons from my mom in keeping a pasta machine working.  Never ever use any type of water to clean it. And never use salt in the dough.  If you follow those two simple rules…you end up with one vintage machine that can crank out a lot of noodles in it’s lifetime.  We included our little step by step process of the pasta making at the bottom of the post – if you have never tried it – it’s so worth the time!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Pasta Recipe
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  1. 6 eggs
  2. 6 cups of flour
  3. Extra flour
  1. Beat 6 eggs in bowl
  2. Place 6 cups of flour in a bowl or on a cutting board and make a large indention in the center of the flour
  3. Pour eggs in the center hole of the flour and slowly mix until incorporated.
  4. Knead into a dough ball
  5. Cut dough into ½” strips
  6. Run through your pasta maker – large setting than gradually decreasing to your desired thickness
  7. Run through your pasta cutter attachment
  8. Place on pans or rack to dry
  9. Store in a cool dry place or freeze
  1. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
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46 thoughts on “Home Made Pasta Recipe- Passing Down A Family Tradition From Italy

  • November 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I know this is an older post but since I just found it, I’m replying anyway. I’ve never made my own pasta but have just gotten interested in the past few years. I will have to find a pasta machine now. My question is – if you don’t use water, how on earth do you clean it?
    Second comment is – the picture you show as your grandmother could easily pass for my younger sister who just turned 64! They could be twins although my sister is tiny because she only has one kidney functioning one step above dialysis and can barely eat anything. We grew up in Florida, avid fresh fruit and veggie lovers and now she has to avoid too many things she loves which breaks my heart for her. Anyway, that only explains why she’s such a thinner copy of your grandmother. I keep looking at the picture and still can’t believe how much alike they look!

    • November 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Lois, first to the cleaning question, you can use a dry brush to get into the cracks and crevices to clean it, and it actually cleans up really well. Now to the picture, how crazy that they look alike! My grandmother lived to be 99, and that is one if my favorite pictures of her! Jim

  • November 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I dry my noodles in the microwave. I just spread them on a microsafe plate for about a minute. They poof up a little, but that goes away once they cool. After they cool I pop them in a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer

  • June 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Beautiful old Imperia. They’re still being made today, still considered one of the best pasta machines one can buy.

  • October 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I love this story! How long do you have to dry it before cooking?

    • October 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

      you can cook it same day if you want – we usually let ours dry a few hours if we are cooking it that day

      • October 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        Thank you!

  • July 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I requested an atlas pasta machine with all the accessories and seminola flour from my kids in feb2014 for my 52nd birthday…now that i am empty nester figured i would try making my own pasta, something I always wanted to do, but, thought was too hard or time consuming….
    Much to my surprise, not only is making my own pasta EASY but cheaper, tastier and I am so sorry I did. Not do this when my kids were little!
    i can not even buy or eat store bought pasta anymore!!!
    What are YOU waiting for? Nothing could be easier or better tasting with homemade pasta!

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thank You for this recipe. I have the machine but mom never used a recipe.I need recipes to make things. so this will now let me make some pasta. After they are dried can they be put in freezer bags and in freezer to store that way?

  • March 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    After you dry the pasta, does it need to be refrigerated?

    • March 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Catherine – you can just store it in an airtight zip lock back in your cupboard – We have stored it for well over a month with great results.

  • March 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    You both inspire me! I came across your wonderful website by accident, what a lucky day for me. So far my husband and I have made your seed starting stand. What a great project, not only very useful but very easy on the eyes, we love it! Now we would like to try the pasta but how do you store it once it is dry? We still have a lot of snow up here in Canada but can already picture our garden and all it will bring to our table and pantry. Really looking forward to canning season.

  • October 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I put a little salt in the same mix that you use. Also, if making Spaghetti, I use a little (1Tblsp) cooking oil. I’ve had my Atlas Pasta Machine almost 30 years.

  • October 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I bought one that doesn’t even look used, but how do you clean it if not with water?

    • October 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      My mom just uses a cloth and wipes it all down – the water can really lead to problems with rust.and corrosion

  • October 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I bought an Atlas on ebay and can’t wait to try it! What “kind” of flour do you use? I see pasta made with “Semolina” or “Duram” wheat and some recipes say just use “plain” white flour. I thought making and drying the noodles would also be a great way to “preserve” our “extra” eggs so they don’t go to waste and can be eaten in winter.

    • October 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      We use all purpose flour. We haven’t tried wheat flour yet, but I am excited to do so. And absolutely, it is a great way to preserve eggs – good thing farm fresh eggs can last a long time!

  • October 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I love it!! I bought one very similar to this at Goodwill for $4.99!! Homemade pasta…yum!!

  • October 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful blog especially the tho photo 🙂

    • October 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much Ina – we love getting to write each and every week, and both love to take pictures

  • September 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    What is the best method for preserving the pasta/noodles and how long will they keep?

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:47 am

      You can freeze them, or store them in an air tight container for a few weeks. But – truthfully – nothing beats the taste of fresh made 🙂

  • September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Then how do you clean the machine? Just by dry-brushing I suppose?

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Yes – dry brushing and then a wipe down with a cloth works well.

  • September 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’ve made my own pasta for many years and I have this same machine. This is even the recipe I use. I’m posting because I just loved the article. I am posting a link on my website to connect with yours.

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:48 am

      Thank you so much Joyce – and I am sure you love your machine as well! Jim and Mary

  • September 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love your posts and I have always wanted to try making pasta. Two things. First, is this pasta to be eaten right away (after it has dried) or can it be stored? How would you store it? Second,is there an option for someone who doesn’t have a pasta machine yet?
    Keep up the great work!

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Thank you so much for the compliments on the posts! 🙂 It really is best when it is fresh – but you can store it in an air tight container for a few weeks and it is still very good. It can be frozen too, but always so much better fresh! Jim and Mary

  • September 11, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I found your article because my son just received an antique pasta machine when his grandmother died. I just loved your article 🙂

    • September 12, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Thank you so much Debra – I hope he enjoys the machine and continues on the tradition of his grandma as well! Jim and Mary

  • August 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    We make homemade ravioli’s for christmas dinner every year. My grandmother taught my mom and dad, in turn they taught me, I’ve past it down to my children and I’m praying to my grandchild(ern)

  • February 20, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I have the same pasta maker that your mother got as a wedding gift…love using it.My questing is, how long do you let it dry out?

  • December 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful post! Taking time to enjoy family traditions. I have never made my own noodles before but now,will certainly give it a try. How long do the noodles need to dry out? Thanks.

  • March 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Love the vintage kitchen….need to see if I can find a machine like that from an antique place.

  • March 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love the appliances! How sad that I can’t get a fridge to last over 10 years….appliances are made to be disposable I guess. We enjoy making our own pasta too. It’s well worth the effort. Thanks for a great post.

  • March 19, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Awesome! My Nana has the same stove in her basement kitchen – which my grampy built in the 50’s. It also comes complete with a bar 🙂 I have made pasta before, my husband bought me attachments for my kitchen aid mixer, so while it isn’t entirely old school, it is still so much fun. I also think that pasta I made was probably the best ever. My problem is that it tends to get clumped together. I don’t think I wait long enough for it to dry 🙂

  • March 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I have been wanting to make pasta for a while. Thanks for the instructions… It looks like you guys had fun. I love family get-togethers like that…

  • March 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you – I cant believe those bowls survived all of the six kids growing up! You will have to let us know how your pasta turns out!

  • March 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Love your blog! I laughed when I saw the photos. I grew up with the same table (except yellow) and the same set of pyrex mixing bowls. I have the set in my kitchen with fond memories of all the potato salad my Mom made in them!
    I’m going to try making the pasta. It will be a good way to use up some of my fresh eggs! Looks pretty easy.

  • March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    The pasta looks great and your MUm had TWO kitchens, how amazing and look at it perfect.. even the table! I have to admit to being more excited about the kitchen that i am about the pasta! sorry! (laughter) c

    • March 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      That’s okay Celi – we totally understand! It is such a neat kitchen. My mom always tells us that the oven downstairs cooked so much better than the “new” ones.

  • March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I absolutely love the vintage kitchen – put on a dress and your apron and get to work:) Thanks for sharing!

    • March 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      A lot of work has been done in that kitchen over the years! It’s funny, growing up, we as kids thought the “downstairs” kitchen was just old…now its “vintage”!

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