Make your own pasta with bonus: Francesca’s meatballs

Make your own pasta with marinara or pesto – Make your own pasta with Francesca’s meatballs

Meatball marinara sauce
Photo/Elizabeth Dougherty



Mom’s amazing meatball recipe is HERE It’s true, everyone is rushed these days. However, it really doesn’t take much time to make your own pasta. Additionally, it is easier if you have a mixer with pasta attachments. Also, you make this with the inexpensive, manual pasta machine. Here is: Make your own pasta with Francesca’s meatballs Please share this recipe, as I’ve been cut off from most social media and now the SIM has been altered (PUK) so I cannot use my phone.

Ingredients for pasta with marinara or pesto

Mom’s amazing meatball recipe is HERE

3 1/2 cups of AP flour
1 tsp sea salt
4 large eggs, beaten


Using the dough hook on your mixer put the flour and salt in the mixing bowl and combine for about ten seconds. Then, add the eggs until combined. And, if the dough still appears dry, add another egg (although you may have to add more flour later when making the pasta sheets). Increase the speed slightly to “knead” the dough for about 5-7 minutes. Take dough out of the mixer, form it into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap and let rest on the counter for about 30 minutes.
Cut the dough into eight sections. Re-wrap the other seven sections and take the first cut to the mixer. Form the cut piece of dough into a flat disc and dust with flour. Using the pasta sheet attachment on the mixer or a manual pasta roller, put the piece of dough through each setting, starting at zero until you reach setting seven. You may have to add flour along the way if the dough becomes sticky. Allow to rest on a tea towel while you do the same thing with each of the eight pieces of dough. Change the attachment on the mixer or pasta machine to the desired shape, fettucini, spaghetti etc. cutting the sheets into the desired pasta shape. Moreover, toss with a little flour and place on a sheet pan while you cut the rest of the pasta. Boil for about two minutes in salted water. Combine with your favorite sauce. See below.

Rogue Pasta Sauce

(from my personal notes, so please excuse the lack of complete explanation) It’s really good! I call it a “Rogue Sauce” because it is a little different.


1/4 cup olive oil

1 pt cherry tomatoes

1tsp dried thyme

1tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 lg can crushed tomatoes

1/4 lg can filled w water

4 TB cold homemade garlic bread spread (emulsifies the sauce)

1 head roasted garlic, removed from skin

1/4 cup fresh basil chiffonade

splash of olive oil



put 1/4 cup olive oil in pot on med high heat

add 1 pt cherry tomatoes whole

cover pot

let cook for 5 min

add thyme/oregano/salt

let cook for 5 min

add crushed tomatoes and water

simmer 1 hr

add garlic spread

let simmer 1/2 hr

add roasted garlic

let simmer 1/2 hr

add basil and splash of olive oil

toss with pasta


Easy Pesto


2 cups of fresh basil leaves

1 tsp of minced garlic

sea salt to taste (start with 1/2 tsp)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1/4 cup lightly toasted Pignoli nuts

1/2 cup olive oil (added slowly until the consistency of a sauce, then stop)


In the food processor, add all the ingredients except the olive oil. Buzz for about ten seconds. Additionally, slowly add the olive oil with the processor on. Add just enough olive oil to make a sauce. I hope you like this make your own pasta with marinara or pesto recipe. Toss with hot pasta. Serve!

Here’s another Sunday sauce for pasta, my rogue sauce 


About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on and on stations around the country.

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