Lidia Bastianich: Pasta Making 101

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Homemade pasta is one of Lidia Bastianich’s specialities. Bring the taste of Italy into your kitchen by following her simple steps for making your own pasta. Her easy tutorial can be used to make any kind of pasta—from linguine to ravioli. Start perfecting your pasta-making skills with the delectable Fettuccine with Mafalda Sauce recipe that Lidia shares below. 

1. In the work bowl of a food processor, place 2 cups all-purpose flour. In a 2-cup glass measure, whisk together 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons cold water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. With motor running, slowly pour egg mixture through food chute, and process for 30 seconds or until dough forms a ball.

2. On a lightly floured surface, turn out dough, and knead until dough is smooth and silky; it should spring back when pressed.

3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes. Sprinkle 2 baking sheets heavily with flour.

4. Cut dough into 4 portions. Wrap 3 portions in plastic wrap. Working with one portion at a time, roll dough through pasta machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

5. You should be able to see your hands through the dough. 

6. Roll dough through cutting attachment on the pasta machine into desired widths. 

7. Unravel cut pasta, dust with flour, and make loose nests on prepared pans.

Fettuccine with Mafalda Sauce
Makes 6 servings
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  1. Kosher salt
  2. 3 cups marinara sauce
  3. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 pound fettuccine
  5. 10 large fresh basil leaves, shredded
  6. 1/2 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. In a large skillet, bring the marinara sauce to a simmer. Stir in cream, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add fettuccine to boiling water. When the pasta is al dente and sauce is ready, drop the pasta directly into the sauce. Add shredded basil; toss to coat pasta with the sauce.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the grated cheese, and serve immediately.
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 For more tasty Italian recipes, check out Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking cookbook, and visit