not entirely necessary.
The Atlas 150 pasta maker I got is imported from Italy, comes with two pasta cutters (one for a linguine width and one for a spaghetti width), and is capable of rolling pasta at nine different thicknesses. I rolled my dough to the 7th thickness and cut it through the thin cutter to make a pasta just slightly thicker than angel hair.
For the meatballs I cheated and used the Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs. Maybe one day I'll make my own vegetarian meatballs from scratch, but until then I'll rely on Trader Joe's.
1 c flour
1 c water (or 2 eggs)
2 tbsp oil
-In a bowl form the flour into a well and pour the water/crack the eggs into the center
-Using a fork, combine the flour and water/eggs by stirring in a circular motion at the center and working outwards to incorporate more flour little by little
-Once a dough is formed bring it to a counter or flat surface and coat with oil to incorporate any loose flour or pieces of dough while kneading
-Knead until smooth, then let the dough rest, covered, for an hour or overnight
-Roll out the dough until it is just about 1/2 in thick, then cut into four equal parts
-Roll through the pasta maker adding flour to the surface of the dough if necessary until the pasta is to your desired thickness, then send through the cutter
-Allow the pasta to hang dry on some sort of makeshift pasta dryer... hangers, skewers, clotheslines and wine racks welcome!
-Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta to cook for about 3-5 minutes just before the sauce is done
-Cook "meatballs" in a toaster oven until slightly browned
Basic Pasta Sauce
1 large garlic clove, diced
1/4 c onion, diced
2 tsp oil
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 spoonfuls tomato paste (about 2 1/2 tbsp)
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
-Heat the oil and cook the garlic and onion
-Add the diced tomatoes and let cook for about a minute
-Add the tomato paste and mix with the diced tomatoes, then add the tomato sauce and mix well to dilute the tomato paste
-Add the spices and cover to let the sauce cook for about 20 minutes
-Add the "meatballs" and rinsed/drained pasta to the pot of sauce and mix well to serve perfectly coated pasta, then top with parmesan!