If you are like me, you take pride in your cooking and and love to expand your techniques and hone your skills.  I have not made pasta from scratch for a few years, since I never had a pasta machine and had to cut all of the noodles by hand, but recently I came across one at a yard sale for a few dollars and after a little bit of cleaning I had it looking like new.  In this instructable I'll show you how to make homemade pasta with a pasta machine.

Step 1: The Ingredients and Mixing the Dough

You will need the following ingredients:
  • Cake flour - 1/2 cup initally and 1/2 cup later after it is out of the bowl
  • All purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 1 egg
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • (Optional) Tomato Paste - about 4 ounces
I make my pasta a little different then most, I will mix mine in a bowl and then mix it on a counter top when it is dry enough.  
  1. First add in the different flours .
  2. Now the wet ingredients.
  3. Begin mixing with your hands, if the dough seems to wet add in a small amount of cake flour.
  4. Once it starts to clump, remove from the bowl and add in the additional flour.
  5. It should be fairly dry and tear into strands.
  6. Now it will be ready for the pasta machine.

Before the Italian Food contest starts judging, you should swap your main image for the picture of the pasta drying on hangers. It tells a better story and looks very dynamic. (If it looks bad in thumbnail form, I retract this advice.)

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