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dough photo: pasta dough DSC_1147.jpgYou don't have to have a pasta machine to make homemade noodles, but it can make things easier if you plan to make these often. Keep in mind that you can freeze the dough for up to 8 months after is has rested, whether it is cut into noodles or not.

You need 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg beaten, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon oil (vegetable, olive, or whatever your preference is). Mix dry ingredients, then mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine all ingredients. Kneed the dough for about 10 minutes. (This is the first point at which you can freeze your dough.) Roll the dough as thin as you want your noodles. Let it rest for about  20 minutes with no cover.

To make the noodles with a pasta machine, the easiest thing to do is dust the dough with flour, then roll the dough into a sort of tube. Slice the dough the same width as you want your noodles. (For instance, if you rolled dough is 12 inches long and you want 1/2 inch wide noodles, you will make 23 slices.) Now unroll the slices and cook your noodles by dropping them into boiling water in small batches. Turn water down to a simmer and allow noodles to cook for a little over a minute or until they are firm or "al dente".

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