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Perfect under a bolognese or even plain with a shaving of parmesan, this simple spaghetti is fun to make with the family.
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What to do
To make and rest the dough
1. Combine the flour and the salt in the large bowl and then create a well in the middle of the flour.
2. Crack the eggs into the small bowl and then pour them into the well in the centre of the flour.
3. Use your hands to incorporate the eggs into the flour until the dough clings together and feels quite springy.
4. Tip the dough onto a clean, dry workbench. Knead the dough for a few minutes. Wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for up to an hour at room temperature.
To make the pasta
1. Set up the pasta machine next to a clean dry space on your workbench. You can also spread clean tea towels next to the rollers to catch the pasta on.
2. Unwrap the dough and cut it into six pieces. Keep one piece out and fold the others back in the plastic wrap to stay moist.
3. Roll the dough into a ball and press it down on the board. Flatten and shape it into a rectangle about 8 cm wide.
4. Pass the dough through the widest setting of the pasta machine.
5. Fold the dough into three, then turn it 90 degrees and roll it through again. Do this three or four times, folding as necessary to keep the edges from getting too ragged. (This process is called ‘laminating’.)
6. Set the rollers to the next widest setting and pass the pasta through.
7. Continue changing the settings and passing the lengths of dough through until the dough has passed through the second thinnest setting.
8. If the dough starts to stick, sprinkle a pinch of flour onto your hands and smooth it onto the strips of dough. Be very sparing with the flour.
9. If the dough gets too long, you can cut it into two or three pieces, and then roll each piece separately.
10. For spaghetti, you will need to use the cutter to cut your pasta sheets down to 2–3 mm thick strands. Attach the cutter and run each pasta sheet through it, gathering all the strands as you go.
11. Clean the pasta machine by brushing it with a dry pastry brush. Tip it upside down to get out any dried bits of pasta. Never wash your pasta machine with water as the rollers will rust.
12. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over a high heat and add a generous pinch of salt, your pasta water should be like salty sea water.
13. Drop in your pasta. It should only take 5 minutes to cook.
14. As soon as the spaghetti is ready, drain it, give it a big shake then tip it into your serving dish. Your spaghetti is now ready for its sauce.