This is a recipie from America's Test Kitchen that I find is quite usable.
Why this recipe works:
For a pasta dough that could be easily rolled out by hand (but still cook up into delicate, springy noodles), we added six extra egg yolks and a couple tablespoons of olive oil. In addition, we incorporated an extended resting period to allow the gluten network to relax and developed a simple, effective rolling technique.
1. Process flour, eggs and yolks, and oil in food processor until mixture forms cohesive dough that feels soft and is barely tacky to touch, about 45 seconds. (If dough sticks to fingers, add up to 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until barely tacky. If dough doesn’t become cohesive, add up to 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it just comes together; process 30 seconds longer.)
2. Turn dough ball onto dry surface and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Shape dough into 6-inch-long cylinder. Wrap with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to rest for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
3. Cut cylinder crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece of dough (rewrap remaining dough), dust both sides with flour, place cut side down on clean work surface, and press into 3-inch square. Using heavy rolling pin, roll into 6-inch square. Dust both sides of dough lightly with flour. Starting at center of square, roll dough away from you in 1 motion. Return rolling pin to center of dough and roll toward you in 1 motion. Repeat steps of rolling until dough sticks to counter and measures roughly 12 inches long. Lightly dust both sides of dough with flour and continue rolling dough until it measures roughly 20 inches long and 6 inches wide, frequently lifting dough to release it from counter. (You should be able to easily see outline of your fingers through dough.) If dough firmly sticks to counter and wrinkles when rolled out, dust dough lightly with flour.
4. Transfer pasta sheet to kitchen towel and let stand, uncovered, until firm around edges, about 15 minutes; meanwhile, roll out remaining dough. Starting with 1 short end, gently fold pasta sheet at 2-inch intervals until sheet has been folded into flat, rectangular roll. With sharp chef’s knife, slice crosswise into 3/16-inch-thick noodles. Use fingers to unfurl pasta and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat folding and cutting remaining sheets of dough. Cook noodles within 1 hour.
5. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add salt and pasta and cook until tender but still al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta and toss with sauce; serve immediately.
To Make Ahead: Follow recipe through step 4, transfer baking sheet of pasta to freezer, and freeze until pasta is firm. Transfer to zipper-lock bag and store for up to 2 weeks. Cook frozen pasta straight from freezer as directed in step 5.
Foolproof Approach To Rolling And Cutting Pasta Dough By Hand
What’s the trick to turning a lump of pasta dough into long, silky strands—without a pasta roller? Starting with a soft, malleable dough is half the battle. The other half: dividing the dough into small, manageable pieces and working with them one at a time.
1. WORK WITH SMALL PIECES
Shape dough into 6-inch cylinder; wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 1 hour. Divide into 6 equal pieces. Reserve 1 piece; rewrap remaining 5.
2. START SQUARE
Working with reserved piece, dust both sides with flour, then press cut side down into 3-inch square. With rolling pin, roll into 6-inch square, then dust both sides again with flour.
3. ROLL FROM CENTER, ONE WAY AT A TIME
Roll dough to 6 by 12 inches, rolling from center of dough one way at a time, then dust with flour. Continue rolling to 6 by 20 inches, lifting frequently to release from counter. Transfer dough to kitchen towel and air-dry for about 15 minutes.
4. FOLD INTO FLAT ROLL
Starting with short end, gently fold dried sheet at 2-inch intervals to create flat, rectangular roll.
5. CUT INTO STRIPS
With sharp knife, cut into 3/16-inch-thick noodles.
Use fingers to unfurl pasta; transfer to baking sheet.
Troubleshooting Fresh Pasta
This dough is designed to be tacky enough to stick lightly to the counter, giving it traction to be stretched ultra-thin but not so sticky that it wrinkles when rolled out. Variables such as flour brand, measuring technique, and size of the eggs may lead to slight differences in consistency. Here are tips on how to address texture-related problems and other issues that may arise.
Problem: Dough isn’t coming together in food processor.
Solution: Add up to 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until dough forms cohesive mass that’s barely tacky to touch.
Problem: Dough is too sticky.
Solution: Add up to ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is barely tacky.
Problem: Dough wrinkles when rolled out.
Solution: Lift dough from counter; dust both sides lightly with flour.
Problem: Dough has too much extra flour, doesn’t stick to counter, and snaps back when rolled.
Solution: Use pastry brush to dust off excess flour from dough.
Problem: Dough sheet is too dry and cracks when folded.
Solution: Mist sheet lightly with water; let sit few minutes to allow dough to absorb water before folding again.
Problem: Dough pieces aren’t same size.
Solution: When rolling out, pay more attention to visual cue provided—dough should be rolled thin enough that outline of fingers is visible through it—than final dimensions.
Formula For Soft Dough
The biggest hurdle to rolling out dough without a pasta roller is that it takes muscle to stretch it gossamer thin. Our solution? Create a super-malleable dough that doesn’t snap back when you roll it. We did this by adding a generous splash of olive oil, which coats the flour proteins, limiting their ability to form gluten so the dough stays more elastic. We also mixed in six extra egg yolks. Yolks are loaded with fat and emulsifiers that also limit gluten development—but because their proteins coagulate when heated, adding structure, they ensure that the pasta is strong enough to stay intact when boiled.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (267g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 444 (60%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 49.3g||66 %|
|Saturated Fat 16.3g||81 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 22.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 7.5g|
|Cholesterol 2030.7mg||625 %|
|Sodium 764.2mg||26 %|
|Potassium 304.4mg||8 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 37.1g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||4 %|
|Sugars, other 36g|
|Protein 36.3g||52 %|
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Calories per serving: 741
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