As promised, here's a pictorial tutorial on how to make pasta using a pasta machine. You could always just use a roller and a knife, but I like that the thickness is predictable with a machine. We bought an Atlas from Lehman's (where I also got a couple of case of those fabulous Weck jars).
You start out with one pound of flour...the recipe that came with the pasta machine said "soft flour"...if you can find that, great. If not, use AP (all-purpose); that's what I did and it comes out just hunky-dory, thankyouverymuch.
If, while you're kneading, the dough looks too wet, add a bit more flour. If it looks too dry, add a touch of water (but don't over-do it).
After it's all kneaded, roll it into a small log and place on a lightly-floured surface. Cut a chunk off the log...not too big, as you can see:
After you've run it through setting 1 about 5 times, increase the roller to the next setting, and run the dough through once on that setting. You can do this all the way up to 9 (or whatever it is on your machine). And dust with flour as needed.
Here's another pic to show you just how long a slab of dough can get:
Hubby cooked them up that evening with a simple garlic-butter sauce. We had it with fresh cherry and grape tomatoes from garden.
It is so truly simple, I urge you to give it a try!
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