Nothing quite says love like homemade pasta. It really doesn't take all that long to do, and it will be better than anything you can buy at the market. My grandmother showed me how to make homemade pasta for the first time when I was about 9.
My grandmother doesn't remember when she got her pasta machine, but knows that the one shes uses is the one shes always had... I got my Imperia pasta machine at Williams-Sonoma. There are a few different types of pasta machines out there - pick the one that makes you happy...
Once you get the machine together it's time to make some pasta! The recipe I use is really easy:
2.25 cups of flour
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon water
1 splash olive oil
Pile the flour on your counter or a cutting board. Make a well in the middle of the flour large enough to hold the eggs, water, and olive oil. Add the eggs, water, and olive oil to your well - scramble the eggs with a fork. Once the eggs are well incorporated start bringing in the flour from the sides of the well. Keep mixing in the flour and when you get to a point where the eggs are not runny anymore you can put up the fork and use your fingers. Bring together the dough and knead for 10 minutes. You will end up with a smooth dough ball. Wrap the dough ball tightly in plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes. You can either put it in the fridge or leave it on your counter. Once rested cut your dough ball into four pieces. Working with one at a time, flour the piece and hand form it into a disc. Set your machine on it's widest level and start working the dough through. After each pass, set the machine to the next smallest level. The dough will get thinner and thinner as you go. Once done use the pasta cutter to cut the pasta. You can either hang the pasta or coat it with corn meal and let dry. Bring a gallon of water to boil and salt it well. Boil the pasta until it has a nice bite - about 5 minutes. Sauce the pasta and plate. Eat & Enjoy...