Fresh Pasta with Black Pepper by cucinagirl

2/3 cups flour (substitute up to half whole wheat "pastry" flour)
3 eggs 
1 tsp salt 
freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
water, as needed to soften dough

On a clean surface, measure flour into a mound. Add salt and pepper and mix with hands until salt and pepper are evenly distributed. Create a “well” in the center and crack eggs, one at a time, into well. Incorporate each egg with a fork, gradually pulling flour from the sides of the well. (Be careful not to pull in too much flour from any one spot or your eggs will go spilling out all over the counter.)

When all three eggs have been incorporated and formed a thick paste, gently fold the remaining dry flour into the mixture with your hands and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, adding water a few drops at a time until the you have a smooth ball of dough.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 15-20 minutes. (This step is really important, as it completely changes the texture of the dough.)

Cut off 1/4 of the dough with a bench scraper or knife, press flat with hands or a rolling pin until 1/4” to 1/2” thick, flour on both sides, and feed through a pasta machine on the widest setting. (A rolling pin also works, but it takes longer and is more difficult to get uniform pasta.) Fold the dough into thirds (like and letter) and feed through pasta machine on the widest setting. Repeat once more. This should result in a nice, uniform rectangle of dough.

Once you have that, continue to pass through pasta machine, gradually decreasing the width until you reach the desired thickness. Sprinkle dough with flour whenever necessary to keep from sticking. 

If the resulting sheet of dough is longer than you want your pasta, as mine is above, cut it in half with a pizza cutter. Then flour it and feed it through the pasta cutter (in this case, the fettuccine plates), taking care to guide it through as straight as possible.

Hang the pasta to dry.  Repeat the entire process with the remaining dough.

To cook: 
Bring large pot of water to boil.  Salt generously.  Cook pasta until al dente (2-5 minutes, depending on thickness).