This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!

I went many years in my life only eating fresh, homemade pasta

I know, snobby much? I can’t help help it! I prefer this this Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta to anything that can be found in the store {like there’s no comparison…at all}. And even though it might sound intimidating….it’s totally not! Making your own pasta is actually really easy…and dare I say…fun?!

Seriously, once you eat homemade noodles it is so SO hard to ever eat store-bought varieties again. I got over it when I had my third baby and my life forever changed {read: I never felt like cooking…ever}. However, recently I have rediscovered my love for this Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta and have to share the recipe with all of you…seeing that October is national pasta month and all! 😉

This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!

Pasta dishes are great to make when you need to feed a crowd! However, I always feel a little guilty making pasta from a box for guests. So whenever we have friends over for a yummy Italian dinner, I usually break out my pasta machine and make this Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta. I really think it gives the meal an extra special touch. Plus, pasta = love {obviously}, so making homemade noodles is a way of showing just how much you care! 😉

It took me about a year to create, what I believe to be,the perfect Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe. I tested different methods, ingredients and ratios until I got it just right. So here are a few tips and tricks to making this recipe!

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta: Method

Food processorIn this recipe, the dough is made in the food processor, which means that it’s SUPER easy! Just process the ingredients until the dough forms a ball and then knead it until it’s no longer sticky!

Rolling. I have a version of this pasta maker and I love it. Always start the rolling process on a thicker (lower number) setting and gradually roll it thinner until the desired thickness is achieved. My sequence is usually 2, 4, 5, 6. My maker goes up to a 7, but I prefer to stop at 6!

Cutting. Usually a pasta maker comes with the option to cut two different sizes of noodles. I like the thicker ones (pictured here), but again it’s totally preference! You can also use a pasta cutter and cut the dough into squares by hand to make homemade ravioli!

Cooking. SUPER IMPORTANT! Fresh pasta cooks in a fraction of the time that it takes to cook boxed, dried pasta.We’re talking 2-3 minutes and it’s done! You’ll notice the noodles start floating to the top, and that’s when to take them out of the boiling water.

A TON of noodles. This recipe makes a boatload of noodles. If you want less, simply halve the recipe. It makes so much you will need to cook them in batches, so do not dump out the water!

This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta: Substitutions 

This is a recipe I do not recommend tampering with at all. It took me a long time to develop the perfect noodle and I wouldn’t them to not turn out amazing for you.

There are two ways you could change the recipe and still have perfect results:

Flour. You can use only all-purpose flour for this recipe, but you may need to add a touch more than is called for. You cannot use all whole wheat flour because recipe will turn out super dense if you do.

Olive oil. Any neutral oil works well in this recipe. Avocado and canola are two varieties I have used successfully!This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!

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Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour & salt into the container of your food processor fitted with an “S” blade.
  2. Pulse to combined.
  3. Add eggs, olive oil and water and process until the mixture just starts to form a ball.
  4. Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead until it is firm and not sticky (about 4-5 minutes).
  5. Place dough ball on a well-floured surface and cover it with a bowl. Let it stand for at least 1 hour.
  6. Separate your dough into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Roll a piece of dough using a pasta maker into a rectangular sheet. Start at a low thickness setting (I usually start at 2) and increase until the dough has reached your desired thickness (I prefer a “6” on my pasta machine, which goes as high as 7).
  8. Once you have a thin rectangular sheet, pass it through the pasta cutter attachment of your pasta maker, using whatever shape noodle you prefer.
  9. Hang on a rack or set on a cooling sheet to harden.
  10. Repeat with remaining portions of dough until you have used them all.
  11. Allow the pasta to air dry for at least 15 minutes and up to 12 hours (to prevent it from clumping together while it’s cooking).
  12. When you’re ready to cook, bring water to a boil using a large pot,
  13. Cook half of the pasta for 2-3 minutes (the noodles will float), in the boiling water.
  14. Use tongs to remove the cooked noodles and place them in a colander to drain, but DO NOT DISCARD WATER! Save the water and cook the second half of the noodles.
  15. Drain and serve!

This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!

With fall in full swing we are enjoying our fair share of comforting pasta dishes around here, and these Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta make pasta night extra special!

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This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta recipe makes the best noodles completely from scratch! Make a yummy main dish or side dish with this healthier pasta that tastes SO much better than boxed varieties!