Time to invest in a pasta machine for this next recipe. An inexpensive one will do just fine. I have one of the cheapest machines possible and touch wood, success each time! However, if you are feeling adventurous, the original tools (hands and a rolling pin) will do just fine. So here we go with this simple step by step pasta dough recipe:
4 Cups of all purpose flour
6 large eggs
Place the flour on a clean surface (a counter or large wooden board). Make a well in the center of the flour. Break the eggs into the well and lightly beat with a fork. Start incorporating the flour a little at a time. Continue blending in the flour with your fingertips. The amount of flour used will depend on the size of eggs and humidity. You may not need all the flour.
Remove excess flour from the work surface and start kneading your dough on this lightly floured area. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let stand for at least 30 minutes or more.
Roll out the dough into a 9 inch disk and cut into 6 pieces. I start my machine at #6 and roll each piece. I then lower it to #4 and roll the dough pieces once again. Continue this process until #1, which will give you a thin dough. Proceed to the fettuccine roller and roll each piece through one at a time.
Voila homemade pasta!