Culinary Arts

Pasta Dough

Thomas Keller

Lesson time 11:01 min

Learn Chef Keller’s technique for determining when your pasta dough is done, which he learned from an Italian grandmother.

Thomas Keller
Teaches Cooking Techniques
Learn techniques for cooking vegetables and eggs and making pastas from scratch from the award-winning chef and proprietor of The French Laundry.
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Fundamental techniques. Fantastic food.

Thomas Keller has won more Michelin stars than any chef in America. In his first online cooking class, the founder of The French Laundry and Per Se teaches you the underlying techniques of making great food so you can go beyond the cookbook. Learn how to confit vegetables, poach perfect eggs, make hand-shaped pasta, and bring Michelin star-quality meals to your kitchen.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Thomas Keller is a natural teacher. No wonder he's such a great chef. He's a creator of great chefs.

This is the best MasterClass you have made. Ever. Thank you!

I am a home cook that loves everything about cooking, learning new skills, new ingredients, new techniques - this class was so inspiring and helped me to learn all of the things I mentioned above. I have admired Chef Keller and this was truly a treat to be able to learn from him. I am ready to head into the kitchen and practice what I have learned!

Excellent course! Chef Keller's thoughtful techniques, descriptive language and terminology has provided me with a wealth of knowledge in cooking (and life) that I hope I'll carry with me throughout life and impart on others as he has. Looking forward to more in part II of his course!


Steven E.

The "uhhh" and "ums" that start every sentence make this hard to watch. Masterclass- have you considered coaching your instructors on the basics of speaking? There's so much useful content here but it's almost unwatchable.

Paul P.

I made the dough and put it into a storage bag and refrigerated for about 5 days and it turned a green color. There were no holes in the bag and it was sealed correctly. Has this happened to anyone else???

James E.

I liked the story of pasta as 'homey' food and the way the chef's Italian 'Grandmother' used her earlobe to demonstrate proper texture in her developed pasta. Watching different chefs' MasterClasses shows that there are many ways to achieve a similar end. Chef Keller uses many more egg yolks and much less egg white than Gordon Ramsay does, for example. I have made pasta at home for decades, using whole eggs and an extra yolk, no salt, no oil, no milk and just a little water as needed. It turns out very well. Salting comes with the cooking water.

Caroline S.

Thomas Keller advices to us Tipo 00 flour. I usually use the cup 4 cup flour, since we are gluten free. Could I use that flour or do you recommend another flour? Thank you

Diane T.

Loved this lesson on Pasta Dough. It is my favorite food in all. Am loving all I can learn from Chef Keller so that I truly can master my skills on all different types of Pasta. Can't wait to see what's coming next...Chef Keller is such a splendid teacher in that its almost storytelling to listen to his class....Learning so so much.....thank you!

Al A.

I noticed Chef was working on a wood surface cut to size on top of a marble table, was there a reason for this?

May L.

Loved this lesson! Loved making the pasta.... I would never go back to buying pasta from the store again.


The recipe I've been following for the past 60+ years has 5 egg yokes (~80g) in 600 grams of all purpose four (what we could get when growing up). I can't wait to try 250 g in 500 g.

Robert U.

it was the best pasta i have ever made .. quite hard to work with so much yolk, but as always it needs practice and enjoying the ride to get the feel for it .. worked out really awesome - thanks so much for this wonderful videos Mr. Keller !! i enjoy them so much .. i am just a hobby cook, but a really passionate one - cheers !

Charlie M.

This is different than the dough we grew up making, but I liked the result. Usually we would use 1 full egg per 100g if flour (AP or 00). This has resulted in a much silkier and flavourful dough.