Lasagna—a comfort food that's hearty, satisfying, and steeped in tradition. At the heart of this classic dish are the layers of pasta, the foundation on which everything else rests. Sure, you can purchase pre-made noodles from the store, but there's something deeply gratifying about making your lasagna noodles from scratch. This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating the perfect homemade lasagna noodles. Whether you're a seasoned pasta maker or a first-time noodle crafter, you'll learn the art of making pasta dough, rolling out perfectly thin sheets, and transforming them into the lasagna you've always dreamed of.

Lasagna Noodles

Your Homemade Lasagna Noodle Pantry

Before we start mixing, we need to assemble the essential ingredients:


  • Flour: All-purpose flour is the standard, but you can use semolina flour for a thicker, chewier noodle if you prefer.
  • Eggs: Fresh, good-quality eggs are the key to the flavor and texture of your pasta.
  • Salt: A pinch enhances the flavor.


  • Mixing Bowl and Fork: For mixing dough.
  • Bench Scraper: For kneading and cutting the dough.
  • Rolling Pin or Pasta Machine: For rolling out the dough.
  • Sharp Knife or Pasta Cutter: For cutting your noodles.
  • Large Pot and Water: To cook your noodles.
  • Baking Sheets: For drying or storing the noodles.

Step One: Mixing the Dough

Start with the good method—this is the traditional way that keeps your countertop clean and your dough lump-free.


  1. Mound the flour on a clean, flat work surface.
  2. Make a well in the center large enough to hold the eggs with some room to spare.
  3. Crack your eggs into the well.
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the eggs.
  5. Using a fork, whisk the eggs together and slowly begin to incorporate the flour from the sides of the well.
  6. Continue mixing until a dough starts to form.
  7. Use your hands to knead the dough, incorporating the remaining flour.
  8. Knead for about 8-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

You can alternatively use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this part, which will make kneading easier.

Step Two: Resting the Dough

Your dough needs some time to relax and hydrate.


  1. Form the dough into a ball and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
  2. Allow it to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Resting the dough allows the flour to fully hydrate and gives the gluten a chance to relax, making the dough easier to roll out.

Step Three: Rolling Out the Dough

This step requires a bit of precision. The key is to start with the right texture and thickness for easy lasagna layering.


  1. Unwrap your dough and cut into pieces about the size of an orange.
  2. Flatten one piece into a rough rectangle shape.
  3. Dust the dough with flour and roll it out into a long rectangle, continuing to dust with flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  4. Roll the dough as thinly as you can without it tearing.
  5. If using a machine, pass the dough through the widest setting, fold it into thirds like a letter, and repeat. This helps to build structure. Continue to pass the dough through the decreasing settings on your machine until you reach the desired thickness.

It should be thin enough that you can see your fingers through it when held up to the light, but not so thin that it will tear when cooked.

Step Four: Cutting Your Noodles

This step is where you transform sheets of pasta into the quintessential lasagna shape.


  1. Lay your pasta sheets out flat, and cut them into squares or rectangles that fit your pan size.
  2. If you’re looking for a more rustic lasagna, you can tear your noodles by hand to fit.
  3. Be sure to cut them to the appropriate length for the size of your lasagna dish.

Step Five: Cooking and Storing Your Noodles

Now that your noodles are cut, you can prepare them for your lasagna or store them for future use.

Instructions for Cooking:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook the noodles for approximately 3-4 minutes until al dente.
  3. Remove the noodles with a slotted spoon and lay them flat on a clean towel to dry slightly before using them in your dish.

Instructions for Storing:

  1. If you’re not using the noodles right away, lightly toss them with flour to prevent sticking.
  2. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and allow them to dry for 30 minutes.
  3. Once dry, store the noodles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month.

Step Six: Recipes to Use Your Homemade Lasagna Noodles In

Your hard work deserves a worthy recipe. Here are a few classic dishes to consider:

  1. Traditional Lasagna: Layer your noodles with your favorite sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Bake until bubbly and delicious.
  2. Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna: A vegetarian twist with a creamy white sauce.
  3. Seafood Lasagna: A luxurious variation with shrimp, scallops, and a light tomato cream sauce.
  4. Sausage and Peppers Lasagna: A meat lover’s dream with layers of Italian sausage and roasted peppers.

Step Seven: Experiment and Enjoy

Making lasagna noodles from scratch is an art and a skill that improves with each attempt. Experiment with different flours, flavorings, and rolling techniques. Take the time to perfect your craft, and most importantly, savor the process and the delicious end result.

With this comprehensive guide, you're well on your way to creating the perfect homemade lasagna noodles. Remember that practice makes perfect, and each batch will be better than the last. Enjoy your culinary adventure, and never shy away from making a lasagna that’s truly your own.

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