Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta is the best homemade pasta recipe that tastes so much more delicious than boxed varieties! Use it in a delicious main dish or serve it as a yummy side dish!

Front view of cooked Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta being pulled out of a colander with wooden tongs

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

I had the time to be a little bit of a food snob, I couldn’t help help it! I prefer this this Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta to anything that can be found in the store (and I love using it to make recipes like this pesto pasta or this pasta primavera)

And even though it might sound intimidating, it’s really not! Making your own pasta is actually really easy and fun.

Once you eat homemade noodles it is 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 didn’t have the time or energy to make everything from scratch anymore).

However, now that I have older kids who love to cook with me, we’ve started making this whole wheat pasta again as a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen.

front view of a stack of raw Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

Perfect recipe for entertaining! 

Pasta dishes are great to make when you need to feed a crowd! 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 from scratch. I really think it gives the meal an extra special touch.

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 before cooking covered in flour on a baking sheet

How to Make Whole Wheat Pasta Dough

  • Use a Food processorIn this recipe, the dough is made in the food processor, which means that it’s 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!
homemade whole wheat pasta before cooking covered in flour on a baking sheet

How to cook fresh whole wheat pasta from scratch:  

  • Cooking. 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.
  • Large batch. This recipe makes a lot 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!

Serve

Serve this pasta in your favorite dishes. Here are some suggestions

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta topped with pasta sauce, parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

FAQs about Homemade Pasta

Is whole wheat pasta healthy?

Yes! This whole wheat pasta is loaded with fiber & nutrients and even protein. Plus it is made from scratch so it doesn’t have any preservatives or unwanted ingredients.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can double this recipe! Use the 2X button for ingredient measurements.

How do you store homemade pasta?

Store cooked pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze this whole wheat pasta?

Yes, you can freeze the noodles before or after cooking. To do this, lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash-freeze them until hard. Then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. I prefer to freeze cooked pasta. If you freeze the noddles before they’re cooked you can put the frozen noodles directly into boiling water to cook them.

a colander filled with Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta noodles after cooking

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Olive oil. Any neutral oil works well in this recipe. Avocado and canola are two varieties I have used successfully!
a colander filled with Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta noodles after cooking

If you make and love our recipes, it would mean so much to me if you would leave a comment and rating! And don’t forget to follow along with us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Youtube – be sure to tag @joyfoodsunshine and use the hashtag #joyfoodsunshine so we can see your creations!

Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta from Scratch

Laura
This Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta is the best homemade pasta recipe that tastes so much more delicious than boxed varieties! Use it in a delicious main dish or serve it as a yummy side dish!
5 from 45 votes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 134.8
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Resting time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Put all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour & salt into the container of your food processor fitted with an “S” blade.
  • Pulse to combined.
  • Add eggs, olive oil and water and process until the mixture just starts to form a ball.
  • Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead until it is firm and not sticky (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Place dough ball on a well-floured surface and cover it with a bowl. Let it stand for at least 1 hour.
  • Separate your dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • 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).
  • Once you have a thin rectangular sheet, pass it through the pasta cutter attachment of your pasta maker, using whatever shape noodle you prefer.
  • Hang on a rack or set on a cooling sheet to harden.
  • Repeat with remaining portions of dough until you have used them all.
  • 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).
  • When you’re ready to cook, bring water to a boil using a large pot,
  • Cook half of the pasta for 2-3 minutes (the noodles will float), in the boiling water.
  • 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.
  • Drain and serve!

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions: 

  • 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!

Store

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freeze

You can freeze the noodles before or after cooking. To do this, lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash-freeze them until hard. Then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. I prefer to freeze cooked pasta. If you freeze the noddles before they’re cooked you can put the frozen noodles directly into boiling water to cook them.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 134.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.1g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 200.3mg | Potassium: 43.6mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you purchase a product through a link you clicked on here, I receive a portion of the sale. Thank you for supporting JoyFoodSunshine! 


latest recipes

5 from 45 votes (29 ratings without comment)

Post a Comment or Ask a Question!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




47 Comments

  1. Hi.
    While surfing the net I came across your recipe. I am from INDIA.
    I read the introduction and the effort you put into getting the right recipe. I wanted to make it instantly but I have egg allergy.
    Should I try without egg or search for a substitute. Would appreciate your advice.
    Thanks.
    Uma

  2. 5 stars
    This is a perfect recipe for a healthier pasta option. The dough is soft and manageable. Best dough recipe I’ve tried!

  3. 5 stars
    The dough had a very nice flavor and was easy to use (I used AP and hard white wheat). I made cheese ravioli from this dough and was delighted with how easily the dough did all the stretching, bending, and folding I needed it to do. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this Whole Wheat Pasta for dinner last night. My family loved it. It was the best Whole wheat pasta I have ever made/eaten. I expected, better than the boxed whole wheat you buy in that store, but this whole wheat pasta was tender, light and healthy. Not at all tough or rubbery which I expected. The dough was easy to work. I cut spaghetti with my kitchenaid pasta attachement. I would love a regular pasta recipe from Laura, only because when having company for dinner, some do not like whole wheat pasta, which I don’t understand.
    Thank you Laura!