Every Italian household has a pasta machine the way every Australian home has a toaster - they couldn't imagine a kitchen without it.
So after much consideration, I decided to purchase my own pasta machine and make my first home batch of angel-hair spaghetti. I bought an Italian 'Atlas' brand machine with four cutting settings for $129.99 from Wheel and Barrow and got to work last night. The machine was very easy to use and as long as I remembered to keep the dough well-floured I didn't have any real disasters with dough sticking or getting caught in the machine. I dried it overnight and will cook it tonight with a sauce and give you my verdict. Here's the very simple recipe I used.
Pasta dough recipe
300g 'OO' Plain flour
3 medium eggs
Sift the flour onto your workbench. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and a pinch of salt. Work the mixture until it comes together, scraping the bench to pick up any sticky bits.Wash your hands. Now knead the dough for 10-15 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Let it rest for 30 minutes covered in cling wrap. Cut into 5 to six pieces and start putting through your pasta machine starting at the widest setting and moving through to the smallest until you have a translucent sheet to put through your preferred cutter. Flour well as you go. Hang pasta on a suspended wooden spoon or broom handle to dry slightly before boiling in salted water for five or six minutes.