Pasta making tips
Hello everyone, i'm hoping I can get some pasta making guidance here. I posted on this site before when I needed help with my sourdough starter, but I had to create a new account because I forgot all my info from before. But everyone was so helpful, and nice that I figured this is the best place to go with my questions. I have a hand crank pasta machine and I really want to learn how to make pasta with it. I practiced a little with some cheap AP flour, but now I'm ready to make the real thing. I know that I need semolina flour, but I was hoping someone could recommend a good brand. Its very hard for me to find locally, and the only store I know of that carries it is charging a ridiculous amount of money for it, so i'm planning on ordering it offline. I have a whole bunch of amazon gift cards and they have various different brands you can buy in bulk. One in particular was only $18 for 6 2lb bags. The brand is Spicy World, and it has good reviews on amazon. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about that particular brand. Also, are there differences between semolina flour as far as it being coarse or fine. I thought all Semolina flour was coarse, but I came across some that was described as fine ground. So of course that left me confused lol.
I also was hoping someone had a pasta recipe that they wouldn't mind sharing, and/or some tips on making pasta. I'm new to this, but I LOVE making things by hand from scratch, even if it takes all day and leaves my hands cramping to the point I want to cry. There is nothing in the world better to me than slaving all day over making something because then its so much more rewarding when you have your finished product. Any suggestions, or guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!