Fresh Pasta Dough | Egg & Dairy Free

by Chad S in Rouxbe Recipes

You will not miss the egg or versatility of traditional pasta in this fresh dough. This is a simple and delicate base to work with for rolling and shaping a variety of fresh pasta dishes.

  • Serves: 3 cups
  • Active Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr

  • Comments: 14
  • Views: 23963
  • Success 100%

Step 1: Preparing the Pasta Dough

Preparing the Pasta Dough

First gather and prepare your mise en place.

To prepare the dough, in a food processor, blend the tofu, oil, turmeric and sea salt until smooth. Add the flour and semolina slowly, in equal parts, until the dough begins to clump into a ball. Remove from the food processor and place on lightly dusted board.

Add more flour and semolina slowly until the dough is not sticking to the counter top. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until very smooth. Wrap tight in plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in refrigerator.

Once rested, roll out the dough and use in multiple applications. * If the dough has rested overnight in the refrigerator, to make it more pliable, bring it out and let stand at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes before rolling.

  • 1 pack (8 to10 oz) silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup 00 flour, or all–purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup semolina


This basic dough can be enhanced by adding several flavor combinations:

Yellow: add turmeric and yellow pepper powder
Red: add red bell pepper powder
Green: add spinach and leek powder

Bonnie D

Freeze dough

Can you freeze this dough? I had so much after making this recipe. I divided it into smaller portions, wrapped in plastic and put in a freezer bag and will give it a try. This was a fun exercise. When I made the manicotti with my pasta machine I rolled it out too thin for this first round. Next time I will make it a bit thicker for making ravioli and manicotti.

Chad S
Rouxbe Staff

Freezing pasta dough

Yes, this dough will freeze well. Once defrosted you can continue to roll it out and cut to desired size/shape. When I have left over dough I will always freeze for a later date. Also I will make piles of fresh pasta and freeze on a sheet pan. Once frozen I place them in zip locks and add to boiling water for a quick meal.
Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

Kathleen S

Pasta with tofu

The pasta was great. I was hesitant to use tofu but was surprised it was delicious. I was disappointed on the color of the pasta. I thought the purpose of adding turmeric was for the color. I added double turmeric and color did not change. Please try it you will like it. Thanks for great recipe.

Chad S
Rouxbe Staff

Coloring Pasta

The picture for this recipe shows a few different varieties of colored/flavored pasta dough. Using the turmeric will not color the pasta too much and will only give it a more natural more traditional egg pasta look.
As covered in the pasta lesson:
To make flavored and colored pastas, add dried vegetable powders and spices. For example:
Red pasta: Add vegetables powders (for example, sun-dried tomato, red or chioga beet, or red pepper) or paprika.
Yellow pasta: Add golden beet powder, yellow pepper powder or turmeric.
Green pasta: Add spinach, kale or leek powder, or dried herbs.
Endless possibilities.




Hi . This is first time I see tofu in fresh pasta dough? What is its purpose in the dough? What type of flavor does the turmeric gives this dough?
I am excited to give this a try. Ciao!

Ken R
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Tofu

In this recipe, the tofu adds fat and protein to help mimic the binding function that egg would ordinarily have in laminated pastas. The turmeric is just to add a hint of yellow - to resemble egg as well - it does not really impart any (or much) flavor at all. ~Ken

Robin L

Tofu Alternatives

Are there appropriate tofu substitutes for this recipe?

Ken R
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Tofu Alternatives

To mimic the tofu, there is no great substitute. It adds both protein and fat, as well as supporting the overall smooth dough texture.

I might suggest a regular dough - just water, flour and a touch of oil.


Dawn  B

Gluten-free possibilities?

Can you use Gluten-free all purpose flour instead of regular flour in this recipe?

Ken R
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Gluten-free possibilities?

Hi Dawn- Sure, you can... try one of the "1 to 1" type flours designed to be used in pancakes and other more delicate foods. Some flour blends are denser/heavier than others (e.g. made with a lot garbanzo bean flour) so a lighter flour (more rice flour in the mix, perhaps starch) may work best in this case. ~Ken

Kathleen S

storing pasta

How is the best way to store fresh homemade pasta if I am not going to serve it for 4-5 hours? This recipe is great. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Ken R
Rouxbe Staff

RE: storing pasta

Hi Kathleen - The best way to store raw fresh pasta is in small bundles, lightly dusted with flour. These bundles/nests can be on a sheet pan that is loosely wrapped as to not let the pasta dry out too much. Good luck! ~Ken

Shafina E

What type of tofu?

Hi, just wondering... the recipe states silken tofu. Does it matter whether it is firm or soft tofu?

Chad S
Rouxbe Staff

Type of silken tofu

Shafina - thanks for the question. ultimately it does not matter, but I usually use firm since the water content is a bit lower.
- Cheers,

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