Common Mistakes While Cooking Pasta - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. We are going to talk about making fresh pasta. There is a few mistakes that you might make. So, the first thing you need to do is decide on what kind of pasta you are going to make because that determines what kind of flour you are going to need. If you use a soft flour you need eggs to hold it together. If you use a hard flour like a durham flour, you can just use water. They are two entirely different things. So pay attention to your recipe. Now another mistake that people make is they try to use measuring cups, and spoons and all that. You need a scale. A scale is going to make your life much simpler. It is a very simple ratio, you're going to use two parts flour to one part liquid. Whether it's egg or water it does not matter, but weigh it out on a scale. One mistake people make is that they say they need a pasta machine, and you do not. You simply need a rolling pin and a little plastic scraper. It is much faster and easier to roll something out on a table than it is to cut it up in little strips and roll it through the machine. So you do not need a machine at all, just a little 99 cent scraper. One last thing about making pasta is you need to cook it properly. The rule is that the pasta water should be as salty as the sea. The other rule is the pasta likes to swim. So it should be in a big pot full of salty water, and then it will taste perfect.