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Homemade Pasta

What you need: 

1/2 cup semolina durum flour
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt (optional)

What you do: 

Combine the above ingredients to make a dough. You may have to add more flour if it is too wet. Wrap in a towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes, start the water boiling. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half, allowing the first sheet of pasta to sit while rolling out the second.
When the sheets are dryish, cut according to how you like your pasta.
The pasta maker recommends rolling, and folding in half before re-rolling. After rolling, you are supposed to sprinkle some flour betwixt the two halves. If you create a dry enough dough, then you do not need to do this. In fact, the first time through the rollers, my dough is pretty crumbly at the edges, but a few more passes makes the dough much more workable.
Cook for about 2 minutes.
For variations you can blend tomatoes, spinach, or garlic and basil to create flavored pasta. YUM!

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This was my first time making pasta, but it couldn't have gone better!  I didn't have a pasta maker, so I cut the dough into linguini by hand (with a pizza cutter), and it was the most amazing pasta I've had since traveling to Italy!  I don't think I'll be able to eat store-bought pasta again! 

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