Homemade Lasagna Sheets - There is nothing better than homemade pasta, it’s fresh, you know exactly what’s in it, and it always tastes good. You don’t need a pasta machine to make lasagna sheets. A rolling pin, a sharp knife, and a clean working surface are all you need to shape your homemade lasagna sheets.
Like many, I was hesitant to make fresh pasta at home, the first time I made pasta I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make!
Making Homemade Lasagna Sheets
Today I’m showing you how to make lasagna sheets without a pasta machine and using only flour since semolina is not always available in everyone’s kitchen.
Eggs and salt are what you are going to add to the flour, three ingredients for an amazing pasta.
Homemade Lasagna Sheets are Easy to Make
You have to leave the homemade lasagna sheets to dry for half an hour and then boil it just like how you normally boil your pasta, except it will not need more than five minutes to cook.
Use it to make your favorite lasagna recipe, or you can make my Basic Beef Lasagna Recipe.
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Why Make Homemade Lasagna Sheets?
If you love pasta and are a big fan of lasagna, you have got to try making these Lasagna Sheets at home. Lasagna is one of the best comfort foods there is. It’s an incredibly hearty and delicious Italian dish with a rich history too!
This delicious Italian dish made of layers of delicious meat sauce and cheese originates from the Middle Ages in Naples. It is even said to be inspired by a similar dish enjoyed all the way back in Ancient Rome!
It’s no wonder that this dish is so incredibly popular; it is truly one that has survived over hundreds of years and is still a family favorite to this day!
To be able to fully enjoy all the flavors it can bring, making homemade lasagne sheets with fresh pasta dough is the way to go!
It’s said that you don’t know what real pasta is supposed to taste like till you try making it yourself. Homemade pasta, especially lasagna made from homemade lasagna sheets tastes out of this world.
It also absorbs the sauces better to give you more flavor in every single bite. You’ll end up with pasta that is fresh and encapsulates all the flavors of the meat and sauce entirely.
Different Lasagna Dishes You Make with Homemade Lasagna Sheets
When we think of Lasagna, we usually picture the meat sauce and cheese versions we’re so accustomed to.
But there are so many other options out there and ones that are incredibly popular in Italy! Here are a few ways you can use these lasagna sheets to make mouthwatering lasagna at home:
Classic Lasagna: Use the homemade lasagna noodles and layer them with a delicious Bolognese sauce, along with bechamel sauce and your favorite cheese for the classic Lasagna dish.
Neapolitan Lasagna: This popular type of lasagna is loved and adored in Naples, Italy. You can make it at home by whipping up a Neapolitan ragu sauce which is very similar to Bolognese, except with whole cut beef instead of ground beef. Layer the dish with ricotta cheese to make it truly authentic.
Lasagna Bianca: It literally means ‘white’ lasagna because its sauce is whiter, compared to the classic red Bolognese, and is made with mushrooms. Layer it with the incredibly Italian cheese burrata to get one of the most delicious lasagnas you’ve ever had!
Other ingredients you can include in your lasagna are chopped Italian sausage, parmesan cheese, and herbs such as parsley! These all go great with all three of the Lasagnas I mentioned above.
Regardless of how you end up making your lasagna, the homemade lasagna sheets are going to be the star of the dish. It’s going to enrich every single lasagna dish you make with an absolutely unforgettable flavor.
Can I Make Homemade Lasagna Sheets Without a Pasta Machine?
Absolutely! That’s how it was done in the old days and that’s how you can make it at home as well. I absolutely love doing it the old-school way without a pasta machine roller; it’s so therapeutic.
A rolling pin, a sharp knife, and a clean working surface are all you need to shape your homemade lasagna sheets.
What You Need to Make Lasagna Sheets at Home
All you need to make the perfect Lasagna Sheets at home are three ingredients. Yes, you read that right – only three ingredients! And I bet you have them at home already! Let’s see what these are:
All-purpose flour: We just need plain ol’ all-purpose flour for this recipe. Semolina flour is another one that’s widely used, but I wanted to make sure this recipe was something anyone and everyone could make! This is because it’s sometimes difficult to get your hands on semolina, and it’s usually not something we have at home in our pantries either.
Eggs: Whole eggs are what will bring it all together to give you perfectly made fresh pasta dough. The moisture and protein from the eggs help strands of gluten form which gives pasta its structure and strength. This happens when we knead the dough. Eggs also give pasta fat which enriches the dough and gives it a smooth, silky finish.
Salt: Salt is all we need to add some flavor to the pasta dough because the rest of it comes from the perfect combination of flour and eggs.
How to Make Lasagna Noodles at Home
Making these Lasagna Noodles by hand is simpler than you think! All you need is a rolling pin, a sharp knife, and a clean working surface to make it. Let’s look at how to make Lasagna Sheets at home step by step:
First, start by taking a large bowl and mixing the flour and salt together in it.
Next, make a little indentation in the middle and crack the eggs open in it. Mix it all together with a fork or by hand.
When the ingredients all come together and are combined, start kneading. You’ll need to knead this dough for at least three minutes.
Depending on the flour you are using, you may need to add more flour, in this case, add a tablespoon at a time. In cases, your dough is too dry, add one to two tablespoons of water. In both cases, the dough should hold together and not be sticky.
After kneading the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Once it has rested, you’ll notice that the dough has a softer texture and is now ready to be rolled. Keep some extra flour on the side for dusting.
Cut the dough in half, roll out one-half until thin. You should be able to almost see your fingers through it.
Now cut the rolled-out dough into your desired sheet size or shape, or according to the baking dish you have at hand. You can also use the fresh pasta dough to make other types of pasta, including spaghetti, fettuccini, tortellini, ravioli, etc.
Once they’re rolled out, leave the sheets to dry for half an hour.
Now it’s time to cook them! In a pot, boil enough water to cover the pasta sheets. Season the water with salt and add the lasagna sheets into the boiling hot water. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
Once done, drain the lasagna sheets and now you can use them to make your favorite lasagna dish!
How Do I Use This Recipe with a Pasta Roller?
I’ve made this recipe so you can easily roll it by hand, but if you have a pasta roller you can use that with this recipe as well!
After resting your dough, cut it into 4 pieces.
Next, use the palm of your hand to flatten the small piece of dough into an oval approximately the same width as your pasta machine, nearly 6 inches wide.
Now set the rollers to their widest setting and pass the dough through. Then lay down the dough onto your lightly floured working surface and neatly press it together into halves, so that it’s again the same width as the pasta machine.
Feed the pasta dough from the roller again at the widest setting. Think of these initial sets as an extended kneaded process.
Continue to fold the dough in thirds and roll it through the machine under it is silky, smooth, and even in texture. Remember to start on the widest setting and decrease the thickness setting with each pass until you reach your desired thickness.
Once they’re all done and rolled out, cut them into even strips and continue with the recipe by letting them rest for 30 minutes and then start the boiling process.
You’ll end up with the most delicious lasagna sheets regardless of whether you choose to roll it by hand or with a pasta machine.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
Beef Lasagna: If you’re looking for a classic Lasagna recipe, this is the one you need! It’s incredibly rich and exactly what comes to mind when we imagine the perfect Lasagna. It has a beautiful meat sauce, with an incredible layer of ricotta and another layer of mozzarella cheese. I’m sure you’re going to absolutely love it!
Spaghetti Bolognese: Looking to make spaghetti out of this fresh pasta dough? Then try out this delicious Spaghetti Bolognese recipe. It makes for a great tasting meal with a flavorful Bolognese sauce that’s seasoned perfectly! Making the meat sauce is so easy, and you only need pantry-staple ingredients. If you love pasta, you have got to try this recipe!
Spaghetti and Mini Meatballs: Want a heartier spaghetti dish? Then try this Spaghetti and Mini Meatball recipe! It has just the right seasoning and spices to make it absolutely delicious, yet easy to make! If you’re a meatball fan like me, then get ready to fall in love with this one!
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large whole eggs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a bowl, add the flour, salt, and mix.
- Add the eggs and mix well, when the ingredients are combined start kneading.
- You will need to knead this dough for at least three minutes.
- Depending on the flour you are using, you may need to add more flour, in this case, add a tablespoon at a time. In cases, your dough is too dry, add one to two tablespoon of water. In both cases, the dough should hold together and not be sticky.
- After kneading the dough cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Now the dough will have a softer texture since it rested, and is ready to be rolled.
- Keep some extra flour on the side for dusting.
- Cut the dough in half, roll out one-half until thin. You should able to almost see your fingers through it.
- Now cut the rolled out dough into your desired sheet size or shape.
- This dough can be used to make other types of pasta, like spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli, …etc.
- Leave the sheets to dry for half an hour.
- In a pan boil enough water to cover the pasta sheets, season with salt, add the lasagna sheets in the boiling water, and let it cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain the lasagna sheets and now you can use them in making lasagna.
- Make sure to flour the surface or the dough might stick.
- You have to allow the dough to rest, it will make the dough softer and roll out easily.
- This post was originally published in 2016 and is now updated with more information.