Mario Batali's Basic Pasta Dough

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 large eggs
  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. 1.

    Make a mound of flour, create a well in middle, add the eggs, and mix with a fork, slowly incorporating the flour. (Or mix all together in a KitchenAid mixer.) If too dry, add a fourth egg yolk. If still too dry, add the white. Once dough forms a ball, knead 15 to 20 minutes. Wrap in plastic; let rest for at least 30 minutes.

  2. 2.

    You can now cut off a portion (about a quarter) and roll it out with a pasta machine. You can also roll it out by hand, on a floured wooden board with a wooden rolling pin. Roll dough out in one direction. Flip and roll out in the other direction. Flip, turn 90 degrees, and so on. The idea is to stretch the dough until it’s very thin—thin enough that you should be able to see the grains of the wooden board through the sheet.