Homemade Linguini Noodles with Pesto, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

This is crazy, but I’ve been meaning to post this for months and haven’t gotten to it until now! A couple of months ago, Hilary, Danielle and I decided to have a roommate night. We watched Hitch and cooked a yummy dinner that we’ve been planning on making since we moved in last August: homemade pasta!

Hilary has a pasta machine, so keep in mind that you’ll need a pasta machine to make this recipe!


First, we made homemade pesto. For that, you’ll need a blender and the following ingredients:


Pine nuts

Olive oil


Salt and Pepper



Making pesto is based completely on winging it – I can’t tell you the exact ingredients! We used a couple of handfuls of basic, a small handful of pine nuts and one clove of minced garlic. All of that is added into the blender with a drizzle of olive oil.

Inevitably, you’ll get frustrated because the ingredients won’t move in the blender, but don’t give up! Keep adding olive oil (slowly!) to the blender until the ingredients start moving. You may have to use a spoon to stir the mixture intermittently until it all comes together. Once it starts to look like a paste, add in a dash of salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Yum! Set that aside.

Next, we made the pasta noodles. Hilary has made homemade pasta before but Danielle and I never have, so we were impressed at how easy it was.

For the noodles, you’ll need a pasta maker and:

3 cups flour

1 cup warm water

2 T olive oil


Yep, that’s it! Simplest ingredient list ever. Just put the flour in a mixing bowl, make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients to the well. Stir it slowly with a fork and mix a little bit of flour at a time into the dough so that it’s smooth and even. The more patient you are, the better. Knead the dough lightly by hand once it’s incorporated and then let it sit for about 15 minutes covered with a wet towel.

Once the dough is ready, roll it out and feed it through the pasta machine until it comes out as noodles! Hilary was in charge of this process and the noodles came out super well. We dropped them into lightly salted boiling water and cooked them for about 5 minutes (or less – they cook quickly since they are fresh).

While the pasta cooked, we cut up tomatoes and mozzarella, and added those to the cooked pasta with the pesto. Seriously, yum. We need to make this again soon!


The girls of 159 Coolidge 🙂


About Jenni

I'm a writer and editor from the Boston area. You can find my work on Upworthy, Narratively, 538, Cook's Country, and more.

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