Fresh Pasta Dough Recipes, Plus Shapes and Sauces to Pair with Them
If you think fresh noodles require special equipment or chef experience, try your hand at these fresh pasta recipes. Master three styles—egg, plain, and dumpling—and you can serve up almost any shape, from strands of pici to tubes of garganelli. Just imagine the pasta-bilities.
Here are two basic pasta dough recipes: an egg dough and eggless version. Both are are forgiving (imperfection is part of their rustic appeal) and have a light, springy texture when cooked. There are also recipes for the tiny dumplings known as spatezle and the larger gnocchi. Making gnocchi is a satisfying hands-on process and the result is a light-as-air, pillowy bite that's nothing like the denser store-bought variety. All the recipes are straightforward and the techniques are clearly explained thanks to our deputy food editor, Greg Lofts, who developed and tested them.
Once you've mastered the dough, it's time to cut and shape the fresh pasta. Pair it with sauces that will showcase its heavenly texture and rich flavor. This isn't the time for the usual spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, or penne alla vodka recipes. Fresh pasta calls for a different approach, from a light citrusy-marinara for tuxedo bow-tie pasta to zesty puttanesca with fennel for garangelli.
Make a batch of ricotta raviolo (that's one giant square per portion rather than many smaller ravioli), then toss it with greens, pancetta, and pecorino. Not only is the raviolo a restaurant-level dish, it's versatile—try each square topped with a homemade marinara sauce and plenty of freshly grated Parmesan.
Get ready for melt in your mouth, surefire show-stopping pasta recipes ahead.
Pici with Short-Rib Ragu
Eggless Pasta Dough
Ricotta Raviolo with Garlicky Greens
This giant ricotta-and-egg-yolk-filled raviolo looks AP level but is surprisingly simple to make. Follow the pointers in our recipe and serve over pancetta, kale, and dandelion greens.
Garganelli with Fennel Puttanesca
Egg Pasta Dough
Brown Butter Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Seeds
Spinach Spaetzle with Game-Hen Broth
If chicken-and-dumplings went to finishing school, it'd come out looking like this. The poultry here is game hen, which is more flavorful than the larger bird and faster to cook (think 20 minutes instead of 45). For a truly refined meal, serve the steaming bowls with fresh dill, a drizzle of fruity olive oil, and a little splash of lemon.
Tuxedo Bow-Tie Shrimp
What's black and white and red all over? This festive-formal pasta dish, that's what. Squid ink is added to half of the fresh egg pasta dough for a dramatic farfelle dinner. The sauce, made from shrimp shells, tomato paste, fresh lemon and orange juices, is super fast and simple to make.