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Best Pasta Maker

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If you’re a serious pasta fan, at some point you’ve probably contemplated making pasta from scratch. While it might seem like an impossible task, pasta makers can do quite a bit of the work for you. In some cases, you even can add an attachment to your stand mixer and make pasta in no time. If you’re dipping your toes into the world of homemade pasta, check out these top picks.  

While this isn’t a full pasta maker, it’s a smart upgrade for anyone with the KitchenAid stand mixer. Best of all, you can simultaneously make three types of pasta.  

This pasta maker is easy to upgrade with an additional pasta drive motor or pasta cutting accessories. It rolls dough up to 150 millimeters wide. 

 Make up to eight different shapes with this pasta maker. It also comes with a noodle cutter, dry and liquid measuring cups, spatula, cleaning brush and cookbooks.  

This pasta maker comes with a smooth-turning crank and a clamp. You can adjust your pasta’s thickness between .5 to 2.5 millimeters.  

Each pasta maker stamp features a large wooden handle that’s easy to manage and the cutter offers smooth rotation. All metal components are made from food-grade aluminum and also can be used to make cookies.  

Pasta Maker FAQs

1. Do I need a pasta drying rack?

While not required, it makes it easier to dry your pasta, especially if you’re making long noodles or sheets of pasta. One of the best benefits of drying fresh pasta is that it can be easier to use while cooking. Alternatively, if you don’t have a ready-to-go drying rack, you can create one by simply dusting your fresh pasta with flour and letting it dry on a baking tray. If you plan to bake it right away, just let it sit for 15 minutes. But if you’re drying pasta to store it, let it sit for 24 hours, turning it every few hours.  

2. How long will homemade pasta last?

This depends on how you store it, which depends on how long you want it to last or how quickly you think you’ll use it. Most dry homemade pasta can last for two to six months if kept in an airtight container at room temperature. On the other hand, frozen pasta can last for eight months, while fresh pasta will last one day if left in the fridge.  

Pasta Maker Buying Guide

Whether you’re making pasta as a novelty or you believe that freshly made pasta tastes better and is superior to store-bought, it takes quite a bit of thought to pick the right pasta maker. 

First, think about which features are most important to you. Do you prefer a pasta maker that requires hand cranking, or one that is automated? An automated pasta maker can be ideal for people with limited hand strength, or ones who dislike having to wind a crank endlessly. 

Also, think about the types of pasta you wish to make. Most pasta makers are equipped with cutters that will make lasagna, fettuccine and spaghetti. But if you want to make other specialized shapes, usually you have to purchase stamps and other pasta accessories separately. 

Next, think about how easily you can keep your pasta maker clean. Not all pasta makers are dishwasher-safe, which means that you want a pasta maker that you can easily disassemble and wash. Determine whether you can easily reach the little nooks and crannies where dough might be hiding. And finally, consider how durable your pasta maker is. If you make the right investment, many of these makers can last for years. 


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Grace Vest

Grace Vest is a project manager and writer who loves baking and hiking in her spare time. When she’s not wrangling projects and words, you can find her at the library or on a walk with her husband and son.