MasterChef at Home: Max Krapivsky’s ‘Funky’ Pasta in 5 Minutes

MasterChef at Home: Max Krapivsky’s ‘Funky’ Pasta in 5 Minutes

MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites is continuing to tick along and this week we sadly saw Max Krapivsky hang up his apron and depart the kitchen after a pressure test from Reynold Poernomo. On departing MasterChef, Max shared his favourite quick and easy recipe with Lifehacker Australia. His go-to dish? Pasta.

Max’s two-ingredient pasta dough recipe is the perfect afternoon project for folks looking for a bit of a fun project that will result in a damn delicious meal – after all, it comes from a MasterChef contestant.

MasterChef Australia recipe, Max Krapivsky pasta
MasterChef Australia pasta recipe, Max Krapivsky, how to cook pasta. Image supplied.

Here’s how to make it at home.

MasterChef at home: Two-ingredient pasta dough recipe

Masterchef pasta recipe Max
MasterChef pasta recipe from Max, how to cook pasta. Image supplied.

Serves: 3-4 | Cook time: 5 minutes prep, 30 minutes resting time, 15 minutes to shape

What you’ll need for this MasterChef pasta recipe:

  • Durum Wheat Semolina – 300g or 2 cups
  • Warm water – 160ml or 3/4 cups


  • Bowl and a benchtop

Directions for this MasterChef pasta recipe:

  1. Combine Durum Wheat Semolina and warm water in a bowl.
  2. Mix with a fork or hands until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn onto benchtop and work with hands, kneading for 5 minutes until a smooth dough form.
  4. Leave to rest for 15-30 minutes.
  5. After resting, cut and roll logs.
  6. Cut out 1 cm cubes and form them into any shapes you want, get creative. You can use household items to make funky little pasta shapes – my favourite is the malloredus, which uses the malloredus board to create beautiful ridges, but a fork also works.

Hot tip: This type of pasta dough goes especially well with simple tomato sauce (olive oil, chilli flakes, garlic and tinned tomato/passata, finished with fresh mozzarella or Parmigiano), ragu and bolognaise sauce also work really well. 

If you’d like more MasterChef cooking projects to play with, try Dulan’s Sambol recipe and Chris’ pancakes next.

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