I have a pasta maker (the hand operated metal block one) for years and never really used it. Today I busted it out and gave it a pin, it made perfect pasta. I used semolina flour, which is made of hard wheat, ideal for pastas (soft wheat on the other hand, is used in Asian noodles). what I found out is that I only needed only one cup of flour to serve the four of us, I used two. so I made have with Alfredo sauce, and the other half with red sauce. Too much noodles! I will know better next time.