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Pasta Makers

Pasta MakerMaking your own pasta is surprisingly easy, once you've got the hang of getting the right consistency.

And it tastes great!

But I wouldn't be without my pasta maker (technically a pasta rolling machine). Yes, you can make your own pasta using a rolling pin, but I find I get more reliable results with a pasta machine.

So here's a whistle-stop guide to choosing your ideal pasta maker.

Why Use A Pasta Maker?


A pasta rolling machine is really useful for making even-thickness pasta.

For great pasta, you want to be able to roll the dough out really thinly and evenly. And cutting it to make spaghetti would be a real labour of love, if you were doing it by hand.

The machine works by rolling out the pasta dough you feed through, as you turn the handle. There is normally a dial you can set to gradually roll the pasta out thinner, until it's the desired thickness.

A pasta maker will serve you well for decades, as long as you look after it, so it's a worthwhile investment.

What To Look For

I'm not aware of any pasta maker that's dishwasher-safe... sorry!

The main considerations are how well it clamps to the work surface (makes life much easier, unless you have 3 hands) and whether it just rolls, or also cuts spaghetti or tagliatelle.

The Options

You can either buy a basic machine or add one of the many available attachments, such as a ravioli maker.

Given the cost of the extras, unless you're really serious about pasta making. Though it is worth paying for a model that's robust.


Share Your Experiences

I have to say that a ravioli tray could be useful, but a well-found ice cube tray would also do the job.

A pasta hanger is a great bit of kit and is certainly more hygienic than the back of a kitchen chair (which I have been known to use in the past...). Make sure you choose one that folds for storage.

I have had my pasta maker for over 10 years and, although I don't get to use it as often as I might like, it does produce fab results.

What are your thoughts on pasta makers? Please get in touch!


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