I would like to try to make fresh pasta. However, I do not have equipment like rolling pins and pasta machines. Is there any pasta shape which I can make without this equipment?

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    Hand Pulled Noodles. You only need a knife.
    – Candid Moe
    Jun 5, 2022 at 19:23
  • @CandidMoe I am looking for something that's relatively easy to make.
    – hb20007
    Jun 5, 2022 at 19:38
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    I have used wine (or similar) bottles as rolling pins many times, works a treat! And with that you only need a knife and you can have wide or thin flat noodles as wide or thin as you like. Jun 5, 2022 at 20:32
  • @SteveChambers even food tins wrapped in cling film can work. Then you can use a jar lid as a cutter and make various filled shapes as well
    – Chris H
    Jun 6, 2022 at 9:46

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There are dozens of types of fresh pasta that are made without any special equipment. Many are not difficult at all, but might take some practice. Some examples include gnocchi, pici, orecchiette, cavatelli, farfalle, garganelli...there are many others. Some use a textured board to create ridges, this can be approximated with an unused (new) hair comb, other use "tools" you probably have at your home (such as a dowel or chopstick). There are many videos on You Tube that can help you understand the shaping technique, just search by the name of the pasta. Here is a good one for starters, though it also includes types of pasta that you would need a roller to make. You might also pick up some tips from this terrific project called Pasta Grannies.

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    You can make gnocchi and orecchiette with a fork @hb20007.
    – GdD
    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:32

Thanks to the answer by moscafj, some comments, and my own research, I am making a list of pasta shapes which do not involve difficult techniques and which can be made using minimal equipment (butter knife, fork, rod or chopstick).

No Equipment

  1. Fagiolini
  2. Gnocchuli Cavati
  3. Pici
  4. Fregula
  5. Passatelli

Butter knife / Fork

  1. Cavatelli
  2. Lorighittas
  3. Cencioni
  4. Foglie d'Ulivo
  5. Orecchiette
  6. Gnocchi

Rod / Chopstick

  1. Fusilli
  2. Trofie
  • This answer would be better with small pictures of the pasta as a guideline, I feel Jun 6, 2022 at 16:22
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    @KateGregory I tried giving it a shot but I could not find images with the right license that also clearly show the pasta shape when resized to small.
    – hb20007
    Jun 6, 2022 at 18:49

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