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How to Use a Pasta Machine to Make Homemade Pasta


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Combine the Ingredients
Making Homemade Pasta

Combining the Ingredients.

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Making homemade pasta is well worth the extra effort. It has a texture and flavor that's much better than dried, storebought pasta from the supermarket, and the act of making the dough and rolling it out on a pasta machine is fun for the whole family. Here is a step by step guide to making homemade pasta using a hand-crank pasta machine (I'm using the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine). You can sauce it with whatever you'd like, but it's particularly good with my recipe for Basil Pesto or Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausage.

You'll need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

  • pinch salt

  • Cornmeal, for dusting

First, on a work surface, pour the flour into a mound, and make a well in the middle. Pour the eggs carefully into the well, making sure that the sides of the well are high enough so the egg doesn't spill over. Add a generous pinch of salt to the eggs.

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