I try and use fresh pasta sheets for any type of lasagna I may make just because I think fresh egg pasta sheets always taste better in a lasagna than dried ones do. Here in Umbria we are lucky enough to be able to buy great quality fresh pasta sheets that are very inexpensive in almost every grocery store, so I do not always make my own when I’m in Italy.
Back in North America however, I find it difficult to find fresh pasta for lasagna so I always make my own when I’m there. Making pasta from scratch is really quite easy, and once you get the hang of it you’ll find you can create fresh pasta quite quickly. I tend to use just all-purpose flour for my lasagna noodles, but I know many folks who like to use half semolina and half all-purpose. Feel free to experiment to see what you like best.
- 2 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 Large Egg Yolks
- Pinch of Salt
- To make the pasta, mound your flour on a large pastry board, or the counter with the salt, and make a well in the center.
- Break the eggs, and yolks into this well, and start to scramble each egg with a fork as it is being added.
- Start to incorporate the eggs and flour by slowly bringing more flour in from the inside edges of the well.
- Continue mixing the flour with the eggs until they are no longer runny.
- Using your hands now, bring the outside edges in, forming a large mass on your board.
- Use only the amount of flour needed to form a soft ball.
- Begin to knead the ball of dough as you would bread, pushing it down with the heel of your hand.
- Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and satiny, for about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Wrap the prepared dough in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
- Use a pasta roller or roll by hand to make long sheets of pasta 1/8 inch thick. (I use my Kitchen Aide table mixer with the pasta attachment and roll my pasta to the third last position or to number 4 on the dial.)
- After rolling, cut into 12 inch long strips, and precook in boiling water for 30 seconds, then place in ice water.
- Dry and set aside on clean kitchen towels.