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    Kyle check ebay for the machines, they are dirt cheap there. I wish someone would have told me that when I had my in-laws grab one for me.

    Yep, that is the one. With that model you will be able to switch the hand crank and use it for tagliatelle and a fine spaghetti too as it has two cutters built in. It is surprisingly easy to make fresh pasta, but next I want to start mixing the dough in a food processor to save in clean up time. Right now I am doing it by hand. I suspect once I get this down I could mix the dough and roll a noodle pasta in roughly the time it takes to boil the water.
    How long is it taking you to mix it? I can usually form a dough in a couple minutes, it would take me much longer to clean the processor. Also I am under the impression the dough should rest before rolling and cutting, but that could just be preference from one to another.

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    x2 on letting dough rest for half an hour. I'm not sure how much of a difference it makes for noodles, but it helps then making sheets for ravioli.
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    I was reading some pasta making instructions and it said that if the dough rests too long it might become hard to roll and you will need to add more water. I don't know. I'm still learning, but I might try letting it rest this next time.

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    I have the pasta roller/cutter for my Kitchenaid, and it rocks! I can do a pretty good ramen noodle with Koon Chun alkali water.
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    The dough needs to rest to relax the gluten so that it will stretch properly.
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    I love ramen, and my kitchenaid mixer and pasta roller. I'll have to try to make my own ramen noodles now!
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    Check out the web site "norecipes.com" for details about the process.
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    So I am trying to improve my pasta making skills. Point noted on the resting time for the dough and adding a bit of white wine. I love wine and pasta.

    I also picked up a couple varieties of semolina/durham flour, which is supposed to be better, but I saw Giada mix in some cake flour too. Maybe later I'll try that. She also used only egg yolks and not whites and put salt in the dough.

    Giada used her food processor, and that looks way cleaner than doing it by hand, but I did see on Iron Chef someone mixing the dough in a large prep bowl. I don't know why I didn't think of that before.

    Any of you fresh pasta makers put salt in the dough? Also, do you have a flour or oil preference? Just wondering.

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    I have different recipes for different kinds of pasta. Salt and yolks and flour for the normal pasta. For ravioli skins, I'd add some whites, water, olive oil. And minus the salt. Cake flour for the pasta, with about 30~45 per cent semolina.. I don't actually have an oil preference but it's gotta be olive oil or neutral tasting oil, unless you want to flavour your pasta that way..

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    I was on the verge of starting to make my own pasta and did a bunch of research on how to make the dough. What I came away with is start with AP flour and your basic wet ingredients, stick with that until you end up with a consistent dough every time. I know this is boring but there are nuances in making dough that you will pickup on that will help later on like when you switch to using semolina.

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