8 Recipes That Start With Homemade Pasta

These fresh pasta recipes are well worth the extra time.

Vicky Wasik

There's no denying the pleasure of dropping a handful of dried pasta into boiling water and producing dinner in mere minutes. But equally satisfying—and really, not much more difficult—is making pasta from scratch.

Making pasta isn't just a matter of impressing your dinner guests—though it definitely will. As we explain in our guide to making fresh pasta, dried and fresh pasta are entirely different products. Dried pastas tend to be denser and more heavy, which makes them ideal for standing up to rich sauces. Fresh pasta, on the other hand, is often lighter and more tender. For those nights when you have just a tiny bit more time, these are our eight favorite fresh pasta recipes.