Combine eggs and flour in the bowl of a food
processor and process until the dough forms a ball. Remove from the bowl and knead
on a floured surface until the dough is no longer sticky, adding more flour as necessary.
The dough should be firm, with a smooth, leathery feel.
Divide the dough into quarters, and work with one quarter at a time. With the
pasta machine set on the widest setting, feed the pieces of dough through and fold
into thirds, repeating this 8 or 10 times to further knead the dough. Feed the dough
through progressively narrower settings until the desired thickness is reached.
Finally, feed the dough through the cutting attachment. Form the resulting noodles
into little piles, or hang over wooden dowels to dry if you don't plan to cook
Put the flour on a clean work surface and make
a well in the middle. Add the beaten eggs to the well, and using a fork or the tips
of your fingers, incorporate the flour with the eggs, working from the center of
the well towards the outer edge of the flour, until a loose, moist dough is formed.
Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding more flour if necessary to form a firm,
Roll the dough out into a large circle, dusting the dough with flour as needed,
and turning it 90 degrees after each pass with the rolling pin. Roll to a thickness
of no more than 1/8 inch or as thin as possible. Allow the dough to rest for 15
to 30 minutes, until it has a dry, leathery feel.
Fold the dough over on itself several times until a long, flat "log"
about 3 inches wide is formed. Using a very sharp knife, cut across the log to make
noodles of the desired width. Gently unroll the slices to separate the individual
noodles. Form the noodles into little piles, or hang over wooden dowels to dry if
you don't plan to cook them immediately.
Using either method, the noodles may be cooked immediately, or dried and stored
unrefrigerated and uncovered in a large bowl or platter for up to a month. Be aware
that the dried noodles are very brittle, and will break if not handled very gently.
Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of salt when the water boils.
Add the noodles all at once and stir gently. The fresh noodles will be done 5 to
10 seconds after the water returns to the boil. Dried noodles will take a little
longer, but usually no more than 30 seconds.
Drain the noodles as soon as they are "al
dente'" or tender but still firm to the tooth.