Pasta maker for Italian food
Love Italian food? Try making your own pasta dough. You don’t necessarily need a pasta maker to roll beautiful sheets; with patience, it can be done the traditional way with a rolling pin. But it’s far easier with a pasta machine – and easier still with an electric pasta maker.
How to make pasta dough at home, with your mixer
Remarkably easy, you just need flour and eggs (or your variation of these classic ingredients). Here’s how to do it:
Place flour and salt in the stand mixer bowl
Attach bowl and paddle attachment (flat beater)
Turn to speed 2 and gradually add eggs and a little water
Mix for 30 seconds
Stop the mixer and switch the paddle attachment for the dough hook
Turn to speed 2 and knead for 2 minutes
Then, leave it to 'rest'
Transform your mixer into an electric pasta machine
Now you've made your pasta dough, it's time to roll it. You can try your hand with a rolling pin, but a pasta machine with its stainless steel roller and cutters, will give you the best results.
And there's no need to buy extra kitchen appliances for rolling and cutting your own fresh pasta. Your trusty mixer can do it all for you.
Ultimate pasta makers: Pasta cutters and roller 3-piece set
If you want to perfect the art of pasta making at home, the pasta cutters and roller 3-piece set is for you. This commercial-style trio is made of stainless steel for easy, professional results. First, roll out the sheets of dough with the pasta roller to the thickness you're looking for. Then, you can either use the sheets to make your own lasagne or ravioli, or move on to the pasta cutters to create spaghetti or fettuccine strands.
How to make perfect sheets with the pasta roller
1- Set your mixer to speed '0'
2- Insert the pasta roller into the attachment hub
3- Divide dough into pieces and flatten roughly with your hands
4- Start on the widest roller setting (number 1) to begin kneading
5- Remember to sprinkle flour on the dough to avoid sticking
6- Turn the mixer to speed '2' and begin feeding into the rollers
7- Fold the dough in half and roll again, repeating until it covers the width of the roller
8- Increase to roller setting 3 and then upwards through the settings to get thinner and thinner sheets.
How thick should I roll my pasta dough?
The thickness of your pasta dough sheet will depend on the type of pasta you’re making. Spaghetti or noodles, for example, should be made from quite thick sheets. For tortellini or linguine, the rolled dough must be thin and almost transparent.
Here's a handy guide to our pasta roller settings:
1 or 2: for kneading and thinning dough
3: for thick 'kluski' noodles
4: for egg noodles
4 or 5: for lasagne, fettuccine, spaghetti, ravioli
6 or 7: for tortellini, thin fettuccine, linguini fini
7 or 8: for linguini, ‘angel hair’, capelli
Pasta machine fun with the pasta press
Which shape is your family favourite? Try making it with the Pasta press - 6 shapes. With 6 interchangeable discs, it’s your secret to professional-looking spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, large or small macaroni. This ingenious pasta machine is powered by any KitchenAid mixer (except the 6.9L professional mixer). Feed in the homemade pasta dough made with your mixer and then slide around the wire cutter to cut the noodles. Child’s play? Almost! It’s certainly a lot of fun.
Don’t let your precious pasta stick together
Makers of fresh pasta know that it’s important to keep the strands separate after they’ve been cut — and hung to dry for at least 15 minutes before cooking. This is to make sure it keeps its shape and stops it sticking together and clumping when cooked. Once it's fully air dried, you can cook it straight away in your favourite recipe, or keep it in an airtight container to enjoy up to a few months later.
Need your pasta gluten-free? No problem
Wheat flour - which contains gluten - used to be considered a necessary ingredient in pasta. That's definitely not the case any more. There are plenty of alternatives you can use in your pasta dough to make delicious gluten-free fresh pasta.
Tapioca flour, rice flour and potato flour all make excellent substitutes and all work perfectly in pasta machines, makers and cutters. So there's absolutely no need to miss out on your favourite homemade pasta dishes.
How to choose
Which pasta maker is for you?
Pasta press attachment for stand mixers for fresh pasta from fusilli to macaroni.
- Roll out dough
- Cut spaghetti
- Cut fettuccine
- Cut bucatini
- Cut rigatoni
- Cut fusilli
- Large macaroni
- Small macaroni
Be a passionate pasta maker
The art of pasta making satisfies all the senses. It’s not quick and easy, but that makes it all the more satisfying. Once you’ve found a pasta recipe and method that suits you, you’ll look forward to rolling up your sleeves for the next making session. Think of the kitchen as your place of escape and relish every moment of the measuring, mixing, rolling, patting, sprinkling and cutting. It feels, smells, and of course tastes, wonderful.
Deliciously unusual pasta recipes
Bored of bolognese and tired of tortellini? Fresh pasta is so versatile and goes with almost anything. From hearty winter bakes, to light refreshing dishes. Here's a few ideas to try.
Why stainless steel?
You’ll notice that our pasta maker attachments for the stand mixer are made out of stainless steel. This means they’re resistant to scratches, odours and stains. Stainless steel mixer attachments will last for years. That gives you have more than enough time to get the most value from them and create your own signature recipe.
Just the right thickness
It’s difficult to get a consistent thickness of your pasta dough if you’re rolling by hand. That’s where a pasta roller machine comes to the rescue. Plug it into the attachment hub of your mixer and away you go. By roughly flattening each piece with your hand, you can feed it through the machine (sprinkling with flour each time to avoid sticking). Starting with the widest of the 8 settings, you keep going, folding in half and rolling again until you reach your desired thickness.
Try your hand at ravioli
If ravioli’s your favourite, then you can turn your homemade pasta dough into beautiful ravioli parcels. Roll the pasta with the pasta roller until about setting 5, and then you can do it by hand if you don’t have a ravioli maker. Place your filling in teaspoon-sized dollops and then flatten and cut with a pasta wheel or pizza cutter to make neat little parcels.
Clean and clutter-free kitchen
Why not use the Pasta drying rack to avoid having fresh pasta strewn around the place, over coat hangers or even the backs of chairs! With a spiral design that gives you up to 3 metres of drying space, it has more than enough room and air flow. That means you can keep your kitchen area clean and tidy. Our Pasta press attachment also comes in a handy storage case to keep all the disc parts and accessories together. There’s a space allocated to everything, so you always know where the parts are ready for next time.
You can do so much more with mixer attachments
Ready to expand your repertoire? Our exciting range of mixer attachments allow you to create anything from falafel to sausages, ice cream to fruit juice. You can even make your own flour. They're easy to assemble and attach and, just like that, complicated recipes are simpler, food prep is quicker and making is a pleasure.