How to Make Pasta Dough in the Food Processor

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A food processor makes quick work of mixing flour, eggs and oil into a soft pasta dough before you knead it into a smooth, silky mass.


When making fresh pasta dough, keep in mind that the amount of flour the dough will absorb varies according to the flour, the freshness of your eggs and the humidity. You may need a bit more flour on a rainy or humid day and a less bit less on a hot or dry day.


Fresh Egg Pasta Dough


2 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for dusting

4 eggs

2 Tsp. extra-virgin olive oil



Add the flour to the work bowl.


Fit a food processor with the metal blade. Add 2 cups of the flour to the food processor work bowl. Set the remaining 1/2 cup flour nearby; you’ll use it later to adjust the consistency of the dough.

Add the eggs and oil.


Crack the eggs against a flat surface and drop them into a small glass measuring cup. Check for shells, then add the olive oil to the measuring cup. Pour the egg-oil mixture into the processor.

Mix the dough.


Process the mixture until the flour is evenly moistened and crumbly; this will take about 10 seconds. Pinch the dough to test its consistency.






Adjust the consistency.


If the dough seems excessively sticky, add the reserved flour 1 tablespoon at a time, processing until just incorporated. Process until the dough comes together to form a loose ball on top of the blade and feels moist but not sticky when pinched, about 30 seconds.




Lightly knead the dough.


Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly until it feels damp without being sticky and is an even yellow color with no streaks of flour, 1 to 2 minutes.





Let the dough rest.


Shape the dough into a ball. It will be quite elastic at this point and would spring back on itself if you attempted to roll it out. Cover the ball with a large overturned bowl and let it rest for 30 minutes before rolling.






Once your dough is ready, follow the directions in this post to roll out and cut your pasta. Try using your fresh pasta in one of the delicious recipes below—you’ll be surprised how the homemade dough takes each dish to the next level.



41 comments about “How to Make Pasta Dough in the Food Processor

  1. Kate

    Thank you for sharing this version for making pasta!!! Your earlier post (with the flour well) just overwhelmed me. This one’s more my speed!! Will definately be trying it now.

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  3. Teri Ferron

    I was very lucky to go to the cooking class at the Boise Idaho store today. I witness these very talented girls make the homemade pasta and the sauce was to die for. What a great thing that William Sonoma offers I look forward every weekend to a great creative cooking ways and ideas.

  4. Rennae

    I agree!! I have been doing it the old fashioned way this looks much easier. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. jo Lo

      I took a cooking class in Italy where he said to replace one egg with an egg-sized scoop of cooked spinach or tomato paste to change the color.

    2. Lesa

      I have used fresh spinacan frozen. Just put it in the processer first an blend it to the consistency you want it. If you use frozen, get as much water out of it as usual can. Add it to the prosseser before the flour as well. And you can add your lemon pepper to the flour as well?
      Good luck

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  6. Joseph

    I just made fresh pasta by hand in a cooking class in Florence on Monday. It is amazingly easy and is such an impressive thing to haul out for guests. I can’t wait to try it out. We used our hands to mix and knead the dough and a rolling pin to roll it out. It does take some time, but you can do it while the sauce is cooking. It was really fun. Everyone should try it sometime.

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  10. Rahul

    This is wonderful pasta recipe, Thanks for sharing how to make pasta dough in the food processor.


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  13. pam brown

    use a heavy duty food processor. I burned the motor up on one since the dough is so heavy.


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  16. Sid

    hi, i want to SWITCH TO OIL-LESS AIR-FRYER, is there any way we can make pasta in air fryers . As it will be healty and oil free . Please reply soon

    1. Terri

      You don’t have to add the oil if you don’t want to. Its not necessary. Pasta will turn out good either way.

  17. alice jerry

    I love this process to make pasta and I love pasta. thanks for the sharing.inside your kitchen use the air purifier to remove the dust.


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