Pasta is amazing. You can make the most simple yet delicious dish with it or go all out and create a true masterpiece. From exotically filled ravioli to a simple spaghetti with little more than oil and pepper, the possibilities are almost endless.

Using your own imagination can get you quite far when making pasta dishes, but with the help of pasta recipes and Italian cookbooks, you can enlarge your knowledge on pasta. With so many different types of pasta shapes it can get quite daunting to know exactly what type of sauce fits best and with many different techniques making fresh pasta by hand, there is more than enough to learn on this subject.

This guide will help you pick the best pasta cookbooks to add to your collection. The guide features five different cookbooks that focus on pasta and the Italian cuisine.

Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way Review

Review of the cookbook Sauces & Shapes by Oretta Zanini de Vita

Where some cookbooks are perfect for quickly grabbing a delicious recipe, Sauces and Shapes by De Vita and Fant is quite different. While the book hosts over 150 different recipes for tasty pasta dishes, this isn’t the main focus of the book in my opinion.

The book will help you choose the right shapes of pasta for various sauces. You will learn the way shapes of pasta influence the way you experience the pasta and the sauce altogether, and this might be the one of the most valuable lessons this book presents to its readers.

Not only does the book show you the ideas that Italians have about cooking, but the philosophy of different ingredients will help you perfect your cooking; and not only in the Italian cuisine. The lessons learnt from this book can be used outside the Italian cuisine as well, and for many people this will change the way they look at cooking.

Most of the recipes that you will find in the book are quite simple and can be compared to so-called “peasant” dishes. This is one of the reasons that make this book such a treasure, as the book slowly shows you that even the simplest dishes and the right use of ingredients can help define a dish. It will help you conjure up delicious sauces with the simplest of ingredients, accompanied by various tips for those that want to use more “high-end” ingredients.

If you are looking for a book that does more than help you make delicious pasta dishes and want to dive into the true Italian cuisine, adding Sauces and Shapes to your library of cookbooks will help you achieve this.

While the book goes into some detail on how to make homemade pasta, this isn’t the perfect book if that is what you want to learn. However, if you are looking for a new mindset that you can employ in the kitchen, be kind to yourself and add this to your library.

For more information and the opinions of others, feel free to read more on Amazon.

Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Homemade Pasta Review

Review of the book Mastering Pasta The Art and Practice by Marc Vetri

If you want to dive into the world of making homemade fresh pasta, this is your best pick when looking for the perfect book on pasta. This book isn’t just a simple guide to making fresh pasta, it is so much more.

The author, Marc Vetri, explains the world of pasta so clearly that one might almost deem the book scientific. However, reading the book clearly shows that there is no perfect way of preparing pasta and there isn’t one type of pasta flour that is perfect. He helps you understand the various ways that flour play a critical role in the taste of your pasta dishes. With the help of perfect step-by-step images of how to knead and mix, this book brings making fresh pasta many steps closer for newcomers.

Mastering Pasta starts at the very beginning of pasta; the history of pasta. This gives you a good look at the ways that Italians treat their cuisine and helps you understand the reasons why the Italian cuisine differs from so many others. Followed up by the first step of making pasta, the flour, it doesn’t just give you scientific insights about making fresh pasta, but also helps you expand your knowledge on flour in general.

The book hosts various classic recipes that can be deemed as classics that every pasta-beginner should know, Vetri shows enough recipes that will be welcomed by most Italian chefs. Accompanied by beautiful photographs of the dishes that will make your tastebuds tingle, Mastering Pasta is a pasta book that honors the Italian cuisine.

While Vetri shows such a high amount of expertise on pasta, it quickly becomes clear that experimenting with pasta and flour is one of the things he encourages the most. The book doesn’t show the one perfect pasta flour or technique, and that is what makes this book special.

If you want to learn the ins and outs of making fresh pasta, this is the best choice that you can make. Vetri starts at the very beginning and throughout the book he takes you to the end; applying your knowledge and helping you make the dishes that can be found in high end restaurants.

Mastering Pasta can be found on Amazon, together with multiple reviews that give you more insight on whether this book is the right pick for you.

Flour + Water = Pasta Review

Review of the cookbook Flour + Water = Pasta Cookbook by Thomas McNaughton

Where some books on pasta slowly guide you through the basics, this book by chef Thomas McNaughton skips most of these steps and takes you on a trip through various high end recipes.

It quickly becomes clear that Flour + Water isn’t suited for those that want to learn the basics and steadily learn more. While the book features some basic recipes that every Italian nonna knows, the book is filled with recipes that you would find in expensive restaurants. Most of the recipes in Flour + Water aren’t meant for quickly whipping up a meal, but rather require attention and preparation.

Some might find the recipes in the book a little intimidating, but the precision that McNaughton describes the recipes step-by-step quickly reveal that careful reading will get you far. This is where Flour + Water is different from Vetri’s writing style: the recipes are very clear and there is little to no mentioning of experimenting with the dishes.

All the photographs that portrait McNaughton’s dishes are done beautifully, and it will help you when recreating the dish. The recipes in this book aren’t just about taste but about presentation as well. McNaughton’s background as a chef of the restaurant “flour + water” can clearly be found in the way the book explains the recipes.

The book goes into some detail about making fresh pasta and while the basics get explained quite well, it isn’t the focus of the book. The recipes in this book require time and are perfect for surprising friends and family with culinary pasta delights.

McNaughton’s “Flour + Water = Pasta” isn’t a book for everyone. If you are starting out your pasta adventure, this isn’t the perfect place to start. “Mastering Pasta” and “Pasta by Hand” might be a better start, definitely if you want to start making your own homemade pasta.

Not yet sure whether this book is the perfect pick for you? Read the reviews of all kinds of people, from chefs to home cook's here on Amazon.

Pasta by Hand Review

Review of the cookbook Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis

If you aren’t the proud owner of a pasta maker yet, this book will help you get the most out of making fresh homemade pasta. Pasta makers make the process of making pasta a lot easier, but you can’t do everything with them. Chef Jenn Louis guides you through the different types of pasta shapes that you can make by hand, with the help of simple tools such as forks, knives and your hands.

Chef Jenn Louis will guide you through various techniques that can be used to create all kinds of different shapes. The book doesn’t focus on the longer types of pasta out there, but mainly shows you the ways to make pasta dumplings such as orecchiette, cavatelli and tortellini. “Pasta by Hand” is very accessible as you barely need any equipment and that is also where a big part of its strength lies.

The book has a very low entry barrier as the subject-matter is very easy to comprehend and implement. Besides teaching you the basics of making pasta by hand, this book will help you be able to make pasta anywhere; be it at a friends’ place or when you are on holiday.

While you won’t learn how to make spaghetti, ravioli or extruded pasta in this book, you will learn to make pasta at its very basics - and with this knowledge you can easily expand your knowledge on pasta.

Should you buy this book? If you are just starting out with the craft that is homemade pasta, this is a great way to start your journey. If you more knowledgeable on the subject and wish to expand the ways that you can use pasta to make beautiful dishes than “Flour + Water = Pasta” might be a better pick.

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The Lello 2730 Pro Pastamaster has been on the market for over a decade, and the question whether it can still hold up against the newer electric pasta makers start popping up more frequently than ever. This review on the Lello will tell you what you can expect from this pasta maker on a daily or weekly basis, but will also be compared to a few of the newer (and maybe better) players on the market.

The Lello is an electric pasta maker, but it is different from the classic pasta rollers that you might know. The Lello 2730 is an electric pasta extruder, and not a pasta roller. The difference between an pasta extruder and a pasta rolling machine is that it extrudes the pasta through the shaping discs, instead of rolling and cutting the shapes.

One of the reasons why I have a special little place in my heart for pasta extruders, is because they can make shapes that regular pasta rollers can not. Where a classic pasta roller is mainly used for making shapes such as lasagne sheets, spaghetti, fettuccine and more types of "longer pasta", a pasta extruder can also make short shapes such as penne and maccheroni. Besides the fact that it can make more different shapes of pasta, the Lello 2730 Pastamaster is fully electric and mixes and kneads the dough for you. And of course, it also extrudes it for you. So the question remains; can a machine that sounds as amazing as this actually deliver what it promises?

Lello 2730 3000 Technical Specifications

While the technical specifications of a machine like a pasta maker certainly don't tell you everything you need to know, they can still be important. One of the most important aspects is how much pasta this machine can produce in a specific set of time. The Lello claims it can make up two 3 lbs of pasta in 20 minutes, but I recommend that you don't push the machine to this extend.

Kneading and mixing the pasta dough takes a lot of power, and I found that the ingredients for 3 lbs simply push the Lello to its boundaries when attempting to make this amount of pasta. I could see that the 300-watt motor was having a lot of trouble when mixing the 3 lbs of pasta dough. I ended up getting this big batch of pasta extruded in 30 minutes, but since I rather not stress the machine to its boundaries I decided that for the next batch of pasta I would set for 2 lbs of pasta. I did get my 2 lbs of pasta in the promised time span of 20 minutes, but this still is a difference of 1 lbs.

Make 2 lbs of pasta with the Lello in 20 minutes

The Lello 2730 Pasta Maker has a built in overheating protection, which means that it will automatically shuts the pasta maker off when it gets too hot for its own good. While I did not experience this, which is hopefully a good sign that it wasn't overheating, this will improve the lifespan of the Lello.

“The promise of 3 lbs of pasta in 20 minutes was rather 2 lbs of pasta in 20 minutes in my own experience.”

The pasta maker isn't a very light machine, as it weighs 21 lbs (or 9.5kg) and it isn't the most comfortable kitchen appliance to carry around. If you don't have much room in your kitchen left and will have to carry the Lello around the house every time that you intend on making pasta, this pasta maker isn't the best option. In comparison, the Philips weighs 4 lbs less and has a design that is more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Lello 2730 Pasta Maker Shaping Discs

The Lello comes with a total of eight different shaping discs that you can use to make different types of pasta. This is a whole lot more than a classic pasta maker can make, which usually offers pasta rollers and cutters that can make lasagne, spaghetti and fettucine. Of course, additional attachments can be bought for most of these machines. For this reason the Lello actually surprised me when I was reviewing this machine. The shaping discs (or dies if you want to call them that) can make the following shapes: spaghetti, lasagne, angel hair, linguine, fettuccine, bucatini and maccheroni. With this amount of different shapes you'll be good to go and make a bunch of different pasta varieties.

Different pasta dies from the Lello 2730 3000 Pastamaster

The quality of the pasta discs is what you would expect from plastic discs; they do the job just fine but can't be compared to pasta discs that are made from metal. Plastic disks don't tend to have the same lifespan of their metal counterparts. The problem isn't that they simply break on a quicker rate, but they tend to wear off more quickly and this results in less profound textures on some of the pasta shapes that have a more rigid texture. I haven't seen the discs of the Lello pasta maker wear off during my review, but with common use of the discs you can expect them to not show the same quality as when you bought the pasta machine.

All in all, the shaping discs are what make the Lello 2730 stand out in comparison to other pasta makers of the same price level. Many of the other electric pasta extruders tend to come with less basic shaping discs, and you will have to buy more shaping discs to expand the types of pasta you can make with them.

Daily use of the Lello Pastamaster 2730

There is quite a difference between using a pasta extruder such as the Lello and a manual pasta maker such as the Marcato Atlas. For one, when using a manual pasta maker you have to mix and knead the dough yourself; using a kitchen machine to mix the dough or mix and knead the dough by hand. A pasta extruder takes these two tasks out of your hands, which can be quite a delight if you make pasta on a more regular basis. From experience I found out that getting the dough right with a pasta extruder can be a little more tricky, and the same goes for the Lello.

With the review of the Lello Pastamaster in the back of my mind, using the machine I found out that even with years of experience of making pasta dough I quickly learned that the pasta dough was either too dry or too wet for it to be properly extruded. It took me a few times to get the dough right, and from reading various customer reviews on the Lello at Amazon I learned that I wasn't the only one experiencing this. After experimenting with the right amount of pasta flour and liquids for the perfect pasta dough I managed to get a mix that I was satisfied with.

Batch of fresh pasta made with the Lello

Using the various pasta discs (yes, or dies) I found out that switching these was as simple as one would expect. I made use of various of the pasta discs that came with the Lello 2730 and they all performed as I expected; the shapes has a nice texture and held my various sauces perfectly. As I have mentioned before, they are made from plastic and are more prone to wear out than discs made from metal.

The fact that the machine feels sturdy shows that the manufacturer did put some time into the design of the machine itself. While I don't like how it looks, since I own it the machine hasn't shown any signs of defect. I was wary of this as other reviews on the Lello Pasta Maker did receive models that showed defects.

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My biggest issue with the Lello Pastamaster is that it makes quite a lot of noise in comparison to other pasta extruders that I have used. It wasn't a pleasant experience to use the Lello while I was talking with my friends during our weekly dinner session, as the noise during the mixing and kneading was too loud to have a nice conversation with my friends. When you are on your own it doesn't resemble that much of a problem, as you don't have to talk to others. But if you want to have a meaningful conversation and make pasta at the same time that you are using the Lello I would advise you don't buy this machine.

User Reviews on the Lello Pasta Maker

I tend to take not only my own personal experience of the pasta makers into my reviews, but also those of others that own the machine. I did not experience any significant problems with the Lello, but others have reported that they did run into a few issues that restricted them from using the pasta maker as intended.

Multiple owners of the Lello complain about that noise that the machine makes, also describing it as loud and annoying. While this can be expected from a machine that has to mix and knead the dough thoroughly, it is still a nuisance when working with others in your kitchen.

While my model of the Lello Pastamaster felt very sturdy and didn't have any lose parts, I was shocked to read that a lot of other owners had a different experience. Loose and broken parts after using the machine for a few times resulted in a bad review score of the machine, which I can completely understand. If the chance of receiving a bad model is 1 in 5, as I can make out from the user reviews, it can be a bit risky choosing the Lello in favour of other high end pasta extruders in the same price range.

My own experience with the Lello was that the promised speed of 3 lbs of fresh pasta in 20 minutes was exaggerated, and I am not the only one that came to this conclusion. While a batch of 2 lbs is quite a lot of pasta in that time span, I was disappointed that the Lello couldn't live up to its promises.

Cleaning the Lello Pastamaster is something that a lot of owners also complained about; it can take up quite a bit of your time. I preferred making two batches of fresh pasta with the Lello since this meant I had to clean the Lello only once instead of twice.

Lello Pastamaster VS Philips Pasta Maker

Since the recent price drop on the Philips Pasta Maker, this high end pasta maker has become a lot more affordable and landed in the same price class of a lot of other electric pasta extruders such as the Lello. The question that I had in the back of my mind when I started reviewing the Lello was whether the Lello could hold up against the high end Philips Pasta Maker.

Overall, the Philips Pasta Maker makes a lot less noise than the Lello and weighs a lot less. In addition to that, I don't mind placing the beautifully designed Philips Pasta Maker in my kitchen, where as I rather hide the Lello when I am not using it. The overall user friendliness of the Philips also outscores that of the Lello, as the Philips comes with a manual that is very explicit about how to use the machine and also comes with a interesting recipe book.

“Overall, the Philips Pasta Maker is a better machine than Lello in almost every aspect.”

Even the process of cleaning the Philips Pasta Maker is easier, as you can simply remove the mixing compartment from the pasta extruder and clean it under the sink.

My only criticism on the Philips Pasta Maker is the fact that it only comes with four shaping discs, instead of the eight you get with the purchase of the Lello Pasta Maker. You can however buy the additional

Since there are more cons than pros to the Lello in comparison with the Philips Pasta Maker, which is even sold for a lower price nowadays, there is little reason for you as a pasta lover to choose the Lello over the Philips. The Philips has a better built quality, uses more recent technologies and has more options when making pasta. In addition to all of that, the Philips has been receiving a lot of positive feedback since its release, where as the Lello is getting a lot of complaints since its release in 2005.

Feel free to read my Philips Pasta Maker review and see for yourself why the Philips is likely to be the better choice for you.

Should you buy the Lello Pastamaster?

The Lello used to reign as the best electric pasta maker for consumers, until the Philips Pasta Maker came into the picture. The Philips can do everything that the Lello promises, but where Lello fails to deliver, the Philips gave me a pleasant experience in the months that I have been using it. I am not the only one that stands behind this, as numerous reviews on Amazon can tell you.

If you are looking for an electric pasta maker in the price range of the Lello, my advice is quite simple: forget the Lello and make the right decision, buy the Philips Pasta Maker (Amazon) and you will have a more pleasant experience in the coming years.

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The guide to finding the best flour for homemade pasta

Using a specific type of flour for your homemade pasta can be both a hit or miss, it really depends on what type of flour that you use. The dough of your pasta is essential for the taste and flavour of your pasta, which makes choosing the right flour even more important. With multiple types of flour out there, choosing the wrong one might mess up the taste of your pasta. There are a few types of flour that are perfect for making homemade pasta, and after reading this post you will know exactly what flour you is most suited for homemade pasta.

As this will become quite a long guide about choosing the best pasta flour, I will will divide this guide in several paragraphs. I will begin by explaining what types of flour are available on the market and what types of flour can be used best to make fresh homemade pasta. I will also show several brands of pasta flour that I have used over the years that have proven to be perfect for making pasta. This guide is perfect for those that are making pasta by hand, as well as those that are using a pasta maker.

Pasta Flour Buyer's Cheatsheet

In this little table below you can quickly see what type of flour is best for you when you are shopping for pasta flour. You are also free to read on and start to understand more about the basics of flour and how you can use this knowledge when making pasta.

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Different types of pasta flour

There are two different types of flour that are most commonly used when making homemade pasta. The first type is semolina flour, which can be found in most pantries at home. This is an all-purpose flour most people use for a lot of things. Semolina flour is the way to go when you are making pasta at home, but there are a few things you need to know about it first. Before you continue making your own pasta, you have know that there are different types of semolina flour. Don’t worry, I got you covered here.

Double Zero or 00 Flour

Americans categorise their flour in a different way than the Italians. Americans tend to sort the flour by their intended purpose, take bread flour or pastry flour as an example.

Italy has come up with a classification of flour types, based on the fineness of the grind. Italy has classified their flour in three different types: 1, 0 or 00. These numbers indicate how fine or coarse the flour has been grinded. Where type 1 is a very coarse kind of flour, type 00 or “double zero flour” is grinded into a more fine kind of flour. Type 0 flour can be best compared with all-purpose flour, and is between the coarse grind of type 1 and the finer grind of the type 00 flour.

Type 00 is a very fine type of flour that is used for making pasta with a very smooth texture

You might ask “Why is it important that I use type 1 or type 00 flour for my pasta?”. The answer is that there will be quite a taste difference when you use type 00 flour for your pasta in comparison to using type 1. Another reason that you should choose double zero flour is that the flour contains a high amount of protein and enough gluten to help the development of the dough’s plasticity and elasticity when it is being molded into your pasta dough. More about that in the paragraph about protein and gluten.

Comparison between the Italian Type 1 and Type 00 Pasta Flour

Does this mean that buying 00 flour for your pasta will automatically settle for the best flour for pasta? Sadly, the answer is no. While I recommend that most of the time you should definitely choose type 00 flour when you are making pasta at home, just because a label says the flour is type 00 this will not mean that this is the perfect flour for pasta. As mentioned before, the type 00 indicates the fineness of the flour. Other properties of the flour play vital roles in its usefulness, such as the percentage of protein and the gluten strength. Luckily there are different vendors that produce and sell type 00 flour with the right amount of gluten strength and protein percentages that are considered as the best when making fresh pasta. In another section of this guide, you will find a more in-depth explanation of protein and gluten strength in flour.

What is Semolina Flour

As I have explained before, semolina is most commonly used as all-purpose flour. Semolina can be recognized by its distinctive yellow color, which comes from the endosperm of durum wheat. In general semolina flour consists of 12-13 percent protein and has a low elasticity and higher plasticity than most flour that is used for pasta. This makes semolina flour a great choice when making extruded pasta such as penne, as the shape of your pasta will not start to change as soon as it has been extruded.

For this same reason semolina flour is most commonly used in dried pasta, as it is important that they will retain their shape.

What is the best pasta flour?

The best type of flour you can use for pasta is type 00 (or double zero) flour that is intended for making pasta. This last bit is very important, as not every type of 00 flour is perfect for making pasta.

This last bit is very important, as not every type 00 flour is perfect for making pasta. Not every double zero flour contains the same amount of protein that is needed for making pasta. Certain types of flour that get produced with the intention of making pasta with it contain the best composition of proteins and gluten so your pasta dough will be both malleable and will retain its form once it has been shaped into pasta.

Always check if the flour is meant for making pasta, since not every type 00 flour has the same amount of protein

Where to buy 00 flour for pasta?

I am sure that not all of my readers live in the same village or city, and it will be hard to appoint a local store that sells exactly what you are looking for. Since it is the age of technology and the internet, it will be a lot easier to show you where you can buy your pasta flour online. I typically buy a type of 00 flour when I am shopping for pasta flour. There are three different brands that I usually go for, and albeit these flours are generally the same, there are some minor differences. But don’t worry, all three of these pasta flours will make delicious homemade pasta.

You will be able find all of these brands directly on Amazon, or you can try to find them in a store close to you. All three brands are quite common and also sell a collection of other types of flour. Since I haven’t explored homemade bread etcetera I don’t know the quality of their other types of flour, but I can definitely recommend their type 00 pasta flour.

In the table at the start of the page you can find the three types of flour that I most commonly use when making fresh homemade pasta. These are the three best types of flour for homemade pasta that I have come across. I also give a quick explanation what flour is most suited for different types of pasta and textures, as this depends on the flour as well.

Best Flour for Vegan Pasta (Eggless)

I have quite a few friends that actually love pasta, but had to stop eating store-bought pasta since all the dried pasta contains eggs, which is a no-go for them. Store-bought vegan pasta is a lot more expensive than standard pasta since eggless pasta gets produced on a way smaller scale.

Making vegan pasta at home isn’t difficult at all, and there are even specific flour types that are best suited for making vegan pasta. When making regular pasta you use eggs and a finer flour, since the eggs will ensure that the flour will bind together.

Use flour with a more coarse grain for vegan pasta, as this binds the dough easier since you use water as a binding agent

When you make eggless pasta, you want to use a more coarse grinded type of flour for your pasta, since you use water instead of eggs. The water isn’t a strong enough binding agent for the fine type 00 flour so want to use a flour that is made from a more coarse grind.

All-purpose flour does the job for vegan pasta dough just fine, but if you want something better I suggest using semolina flour, which does the job of holding the water and flour together perfectly. I have experimented with combining all-purpose and semolina flour for homemade vegan pasta, and this works great if you use a 50/50 distribution.

Protein and gluten in pasta flour

Protein and gluten play a vital role in the way that the flour can be used. Knowing more about these two components will give you a deeper knowledge about flour in general, not just when it comes to choosing the perfect combination for pasta flour. In the following paragraphs you will get to understand the way protein and gluten have an have an influence on the way you can use the flour.

Pasta Flour - Elasticity and Plasticity

These are the two basic principles that you have to understand: elasticity and plasticity. The gluten in pasta flour has two properties, it is both elastic and plastic. When the dough is elastic this means that the dough can be stretched and that it will bounce back into, making is easier to knead. Plasticity means that the dough can be molded into a shape and that it stays put.

The right combination of plasticity and elasticity will is the key to perfect pasta dough. This is achieved by having the right amount of protein and gluten in your flour. It will be easy to knead, will roll smoothly through your pasta roller without breaking apart. To achieve this however, you don’t just need the right combination of gluten and protein; you also need to knead the dough long enough so the dough can develop a strong gluten network.

The importance of Protein and Gluten

Why is protein such an important component of flour? For one, the higher the amount and quality of the protein is in the flour, the stronger the gluten network will become. A stronger gluten network will result in a more sturdy dough. For pasta, you don’t want the same sturdiness of your dough as you would want it from a bread. For this reason, you want the right quality and quantity of protein in your flour.

The smaller the amount of protein is present in the flour, the softer the dough will be. A good example are fluffy cakes that are made with flour that possess very little protein in comparison to other types of flour. If there is more protein in flour, the dough will be harder and “stronger”, which is great if you want to achieve a more chewy product.

If you are interested in learning more about the core elements of flour, I can recommend reading the book ‘Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi and Risotto’ by Marc Vetri (Amazon). In this book Vetri clearly explains the concept of the protein and gluten in flour, which is more than just a basis for making pasta; it will come in handy a lot of times in the kitchen. This book has taught me to utilise flour on a whole different level than I did before, and if you are keen on making the most out of your handmade pasta, this is one of the books you should definitely beside your other cookbooks.

Elasticity in pasta flour through protein and gluten explanation
Explanation of how elasticity works in pasta dough with gluten. Property of IOANA. Click for full image.

So do I NEED special flour for my pasta?

Short answer: no, you don’t need a specific kind of type 00 flour that has been grinded to a certain fineness under the seventh full moon of the year (let’s hope that this doesn’t exist). You can make very tasty pasta with all-purpose flour that you can probably grab out of your pantry right now. However, this doesn’t mean that you should always stick with all-purpose flour.

Once you start experimenting with different types of flour you will understand that pasta made from different types of flour can be very different from each other. You can make very smooth pasta with type 00 flour or pasta with a more coarse texture when you use a flour made from a more coarse grind. When preparing some pasta recipes, pasta with a more coarse texture can be a good thing, as the sauce will stick on the pasta a lot easier.

Personally I tend to stick to type 00 flour as I prefer the smooth texture on my pasta, but there have been enough occasions where type 00 flour wasn’t anywhere to be found in my house. If you are just starting with making homemade pasta, I advise you to look for a type 00 flour with the right amount of protein. Use my quick pasta flour buyer's guide if you want to make it as easy as possible for yourself.

Have any questions regarding choosing the right flour for your pasta or what type of dough is best for a certain type of pasta. Feel free to add a comment and I will get back to you!

Best Pasta Maker Accessories that are available in 2016

Once you have got yourself the best pasta maker machine that suits your liking, it is time to start looking for the best pasta maker accessories. The pasta maker has taken the use of the rolling-pin away, and there are a few pasta accessories that can make making pasta even easier and even more fun.

In the table below you will find the four accessories that will make your life a lot easier when you are making homemade pasta. For more information, read the full review below.

You can do a lot of amazing things with just your pasta maker. With so many kitchen gadgets and utensils in every store, and it is only obvious that there are also a bunch of kitchen gadgets that are the perfect pasta maker accessories. Pasta makers accessories such as pasta cutters and ravioli stamps will make it easier for you to achieve certain shapes and types of pasta. Pasta drying racks are handy utensils that will make help your fresh pasta from sticking together. See the full list of pasta maker accessoires below.

The best pasta drying rack

Marcato Tacapasta Pasta Drying RackThe Norpro Ravioli Press is perfect if you want to make ravioli in bulk quickly. The classic square shape will fit with almost every recipe.

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If you have a good quality pasta maker machine, you will have both a pasta roller attachment and a spaghetti or fettuccine attachment. Let’s say that you have just made your own homemade spaghetti, and you want to hang them somewhere to dry. You could hang them over the back of a chair or you can get something that is crafted just for hanging pasta on it.

Pasta drying racks can definitely come in handy when you have made any type of long pasta, such as spaghetti or fettuccine. This rack will let you dry up to 10-square feet of pasta, and let me that you this: that is more than enough for most cooks. Using the drying rack will prevent the pasta from sticking together during the drying process. Sounds like a pretty nice accessory, doesn’t it?

The Marcato Tacapasta Drying Rack (Amazon) is definitely the best drying rack out there for you to dry your pasta on. It has a beautiful design and is made of sturdy materials such as polycarbonate and chrome plated steel. With Marcato being the market leader on the pasta maker market, this is definitely a must have if you make pasta on a regular basis. The three years of warranty that comes with the drying rack is a great addition as well.

It also comes with a pasta wand, which can be used to easily move your pasta from the pasta maker to the pasta drying rack. Sounds a bit silly, but it works like magic!

Compared to other drying racks, the reason that I recommend this specific one is because it is very easy to store. Unlike many bulky pasta dryers which are hard to store because of their size, this is not the case with the Marcato Tacapasta. A The Tacapasta can be easily folded together and stored away, and it is put folded out just as easily whenever you need it. The Tacapasta has sixteen 8" arms that you can use to dry your strings of pasta on. Want to read more about pasta drying racks, feel free to read my pasta drying rack buyer's guide.

“This is definitely the best pasta drying rack out there, easy to store and not any less important: it looks great. It's a big upgrade from my broomstick between two chairs!”

Best Pasta & Ravioli Cutter

Buy the Norpro Ravioli Maker with Press on AmazonThe Norpro Ravioli Press is perfect if you want to make ravioli in bulk quickly. The classic square shape will fit with almost every recipe.

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A lot of people stick with spaghetti and fettuccine the first few times that they make pasta. But as you most likely know, there is a whole world with a large variety of pasta out there. With this simple and cheap tool, you can start with creating your very own ravioli. So if you are wondering about the best way to cut ravioli, this is it.

If you are looking for a sturdy pasta & ravioli cutter, I recommend the Norpro Ravioli Maker with Press (Amazon), as it simply does the job and it doesn’t cost a lot. Unlike pasta maker machines, this accessory doesn’t have to cost a lot to be of good quality. The pasta cutter is made from high stainless steel, so you won’t be getting yourself a piece of plastic that you will regret getting yourself after unpacking it.

With this simple but effective ravioli cutter you will be able to create that fancy edge on your pasta and ravioli, the same edge that you get served in a restaurant where you get served homemade ravioli. If you want to make your pasta a little extra fancy, this is the tool you need.

That being said, this one of the accessories that can be used for a lot of other food besides pasta as well. I do not just use this cutter for cutting fancy edges on my pasta, but also to make my own cookies, yum. Yeah, pasta is not the only thing I love (sorry not sorry).

“Slice and dice, this pasta and ravioli cutter is the perfect pasta accessory for everyone with a pasta maker.”

Stamp for custom ravioli shapes

Ravioli Cutter Square Shape on AmazonRavioli stamps are very simple tools that come in many shapes and sizes. Making ravioli can't get any easier.

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If there is one accessory that you definitely want if you are planning on making homemade ravioli for your friends and family, it is a ravioli stamp. This simple yet crafty accessory will help you use your pasta maker machine to its full extent.

There are a variety of ravioli cutters on the market, with different shapes and some made from different materials. The ravioli cutters that I recommend are from the brand Eppicotispai. The reason that I prefer this brand is because most of the cheaper ravioli stamps just don’t do the trick. These cheaper ravioli will not seal the ravioli most of the time, something that happens a lot less with our stamps from this brand. If your ravioli isn't sealed well, the the filling can just drip out when you are cooking them. And you don't want to let your pretty ravioli go to waste.

If you are just starting out with making pasta, I recommend that you go for the round and square ravioli stamps. They will do the trick (for now, of course) and you will be able to test various fillings for your ravioli with these ravioli stamps.

“Perfect accessory for creating ravioli, and with the many shapes that are available you can let your ravioli imagination flow.”

If you want some delicious inspiration for ravioli dishes and fillings, take a look at the Pinterest board dedicated to ravioli that I have made for you. As always, buen appetito!

Wooden Pasta Cutter Roller

Pappardelle Pasta Roller on AmazonThe Norpro rolling pin will help you make big batches of ravioli with the simple roll of a pin. Won't get any easier than this.

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There are multiple ways to make your own ravioli; you can do it with ravioli stamps, ravioli attachments for your pasta makers or you can do it with a specialised ravioli rolling pin. The future is beautiful, isn't it? These rolling pins are perfect if you are planning on making big batches of homemade ravioli. By simply making pasta sheets and cover the filling on these sheets you can easily and quickly make a batch of ravioli. Place another sheet of pasta dough on the other sheet that is covered by your filling of choice, and simply use your rolling pin.

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There are many ways and different tools out there to make your own ravioli. From cutters to rollers, the choice is yours. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is the Norpro Ravioli Maker with Press, a ravioli press that doesn’t even require a pasta maker; all you need is a simple rolling pin. This is definitely one of the best reviewed ravioli makers out there.

The Norpro Ravioli Maker allows you to easily make homemade ravioli, and this ravioli press allows you to make 12 ravioli at once. With the press you can fill 12 individual ravioli’s, and the process of making them can’t get any easier, that’s for sure.

Using the Ravioli Maker with Press

There are a few things that you need to take care of before you use the Norpro Ravioli Maker, and the most important thing is that you need to get the dough right. The ravioli press comes with an instruction manual that also features a recipe for the dough, all you have to do is follow that recipe or if that isn’t clear enough you can read our how-to on homemade pasta dough.

The Norpro Ravioli Maker is made out of two different parts: a plastic part that you use to dent the ravioli, so you can fill it with your stuffing of choice. The other part is the metal shape that will make the outer shapes of your ravioli when you roll over it with your rolling pin.

Once you have made your pasta dough and you have let it rest for a few minutes, you can start rolling it out with your rolling pin. If you have a pasta roller or a pasta extruder, you can also let those machines do the work for you, but otherwise using a rolling pin works just as well. Then you have to split your rolled out dough into sheets that are approximately 12 to 13 inches in length and a little over 4 inches in width.

First step in making homemade ravioli with the Norpro Ravioli Maker
Step one: fill the dough with your own stuffing.

Once you have cut your pasta you can lay a pasta sheet on the metallic part of the Norpro Ravioli Maker. You then grab the plastic shaper so you can make the dents in the pasta sheet. You then simply place your filling of choice in the dents, and once that is done you can place another sheet of pasta dough on top of it.

Use your rolling pin over the ravioli tray
Step two: lay another sheet of pasta on the Norpro Ravioli Maker and roll over it with a rolling pin.

And you are almost done! All that is left to do is grab your rolling pin and start rolling over the metallic part. The sharp edges of the metallic ravioli press will cut the dough off at the right spots, and this will ensure that you get the perfectly shape ravioli that you deserve.

Third step into making homemade ravioli with the Norpro Ravioli Press
Step three: Use the other part of the Norpro Ravioli Press to push the pasta into shape.

Delicious homemade ravioli recipes

Next to the dough, the most important aspect of ravioli is the filling. Even if you have the best ravioli maker in the world, you won’t get anywhere without getting the perfect filling. If you are looking for delicious ravioli fillings, you can always take a look at my Pinterest board that is dedicated towards delicious ravioli recipes. If you prefer reading a real recipe book, you should take a look at Making Artisan Pasta by Aliza Green. It covers the basics of making homemade pasta and it has quite a few ravioli recipes, great for everyone getting into the pasta scene.

Should I buy the Norpro Ravioli Maker?

This is one of the easiest ways to make ravioli at home. If you really want to try out making ravioli, this is probably one of the best ravioli presses out there. The price of the ravioli press is definitely not something that should hold you back. This is a great kitchen gadget to get you started with your own homemade pasta and ravioli. I would say, give it a go and you won’t regret it if you are a pasta lover.

You can buy the Norpro Ravioli Press on Amazon.

Buy the Norpro Ravioli Maker with Press on AmazonThe Norpro Ravioli Press is perfect if you want to make ravioli in bulk quickly. The classic square shape will fit with almost every recipe.

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Looking for other gadgets to have fun with your pasta in the kitchen? Take a look at my list with the best pasta maker accessories.

CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Maker with Wooden Grip on Amazon
If you are looking for a pasta maker, you should definitely look at the country where the pasta maker is manufactured. If the machine is made in Italy, you are good to go – if it is made in China, you should look further. Luckily for us – and for you – the CucinaPro Imperia 150 pasta maker (Amazon) is manufactured in Italy. Read on, because this pasta maker has plenty to offer you. Our review covers both the positive and negative points of the CucinaPro.

This beautifully crafted and shiny chrome plated steel will surely help you make pasta a lot easier than using a rolling-pin, and thus will save you a lot of time. Making pasta with a pasta maker isn’t just easier, it also takes a lot of stress away from your arms and shoulder from the rolling. Using the real wood grip handle to operate the machine, this will make the process of making pasta a more enjoyable task.

Comparable to most pasta makers the width of the rollers is 6 inch, which translates to 150mm if you use the metric system. Hence the name CucinaPro Imperia 150. The width of 6 inches is a perfect width for most pasta types. With the standard attachments that come with the CucinaPro Imperia 150 you will be able to make your own homemade spaghetti, fettucine and lasagna. As lasagna sheets are basically thin dough sheets, you will be able to create a lot more pasta types than just these three. The best part besides the fact that you can make lasagna with these sheets is that you can also make almost any kind of ravioli with these sheets. This makes the pasta roller attachment the best part of any classic pasta maker.
CucinaPro Imperia with the fettuccine attachment while cutting
With a weight of eight pounds, the CucinaPro Imperia 150 has a good grip on the table and won’t move itself easily. With the table clamp that gets delivered with the pasta maker, you can clamp it between on the table; making it even sturdier. However, some people might find eight pounds a bit too heavy to grab out of their cabinet.

What did I like about the CucinaPro Imperia 150

The CucinaPro Imperia 150 is worth its money as it is of better quality than similar pasta makers of the same or even higher price. The materials that are used to make the pasta maker are of good quality, if you take good care of this pasta maker it will just as shiny in 10 years as when you took it out of its box for the first time.

Another thing that we liked about this model is that it comes with enough attachments to make a variety of pasta types. In comparison to other pasta makers that only come with a lasagna roller, you will immediately be able to make at least three different types of pasta.

Lasagna made with the CucinaPro
The pasta maker does come with a starter guide for pasta recipes and how to make the perfect dough. This will let you immediately get started with your CucinaPro Imperia 150, but if you want even more recipes or know how to make different kind of pasta dough: we got you covered.

The brand CucinaPro is a name that has proven itself over the years that it can make trustworthy pasta makers. While it hasn't been on the market as long as Marcato, it has shown that their pasta machines are of much higher quality than the cheap knock-offs that also get sold online.

What did I dislike

The weight of the CucinaPro Imperia 150 may be a problem for some people, with a weight of eight pounds it isn’t the lightest pasta maker out there. That being said, the weight does definitely make the pasta maker have a better grip on the table.

As most pasta makers, it is not possible to wash the CucinaPro Imperia 150 with water. Luckily this won’t be necessary if you make the perfect dough. If your dough isn’t too wet, it won’t get stuck in the pasta maker and all you have to do to clean your pasta maker is brush the flour off.

CucinaPro Imperia 150 Pasta Maker
The CucinaPro Imperia 150 Pasta Maker is available on, and you can find all the attachments it comes with there as well. The reviews there will also give you a better insight about the machine itself.

Something that did bother us during multiple uses of the CucinaPro Imperia 150 is that the hand crank tends to fall out of the pasta maker every now and then. This only happened to us once during the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness review, so this occurrence did stand out during the review of the CucinaPro. If you want a full comparison between the Marcato Atlas and the CucinaPro Imperia, check out my comparison of the Marcato and the Imperia.

CucinaPro Imperia 150 Review Verdict

The CucinaPro Imperia 150 is a great pasta maker and is well worth its price tag as it shows that it definitely is a high-end manual pasta roller. The machine is well built and it feels sturdy when in use. The negative point about the weight certainly didn't weigh up against the positive points of this amazing pasta maker. It is easy to use and assemble, and will do a perfect job at making homemade pasta.

You can buy the CucinaPro Imperia 150 on Amazon.

Frequently Asked Question What is the best pasta maker brand?

Quite often I get asked the question what I think is the best brand of pasta makers. With most product branches there are a few products that marked as ‘the best’ and the same goes for pasta makers. However, in this case there are two brands that have created two products that should be on top of your to-buy list if you are looking for a pasta machine.

As I have mentioned before in other posts and articles, there are two different types of pasta makers out there; pasta rollers and pasta extruders. A pasta roller the traditional machine that rolls the dough through the rollers, and a pasta extruder is an electrical machine that pushes the pasta out of the shaping discs and mixes the dough for you. If you want a more detailed explanation of the two, you can read our article about the differences between pasta rollers and pasta extruders.

The Best Pasta Roller Brand

If you are looking for the best brand of pasta rollers, the choice is very clear: Marcato is definitely the best brand out there, as it has been producing pasta makers since 1930. Marcato is based is Italy and that is also where their pasta makers are produced. With over 80 years of experience, they definitely do know what they are doing.

The brand is best known for their focus on design and the materials that are used to take care of your wellness. They have patented the Wellness factor of their pasta rollers, which make sure that no harmful metal particles can get into your dough when going through the rollers and cutters.

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Another thing that I absolutely love about Marcato is their warranty, which is the best that I have ever seen when comparing it to other pasta maker brands. Their standard warranty gets extended by 8 years, which makes it a total of 10 years. It is hard to found such a lengthy warranty period at other manufacturers.

Their top of the line product is the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness, which is considered as the best pasta roller out there. It comes in multiple colors and with all the features that have made Marcato the leading pasta maker brand. And of course, we have written a thorough review of the Marcato Atlas 150 Wellness where we compare it to the CucinaPro Imperia 150.

Want to read more consumer reviews about the Marcato Atlas, feel free to read them here on Amazon.

The Best Pasta Extruder Brand

As mentioned earlier, besides pasta rollers there are also pasta extruders. There are quite a few pasta extruders on the market, as their popularity has risen the last few years. However, in contrast to the best pasta roller brand, the best pasta extruder on the market isn’t from a company that has been making pasta extruders for a very long time.

The Philips Pasta Maker is the best pasta extruder on the market at the moment for home use, despite the fact that it is the first pasta maker from the Philips brand. Since its in 2014 the Philips Pasta Maker has received lots of positive reviews.

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The Philips is perfect for those that are looking for a pasta maker but don’t want too much time on making the pasta. It will mix the dough for you and extrude the pasta; can it get any better? Not only does it rock a premium design, it also features a very sturdy design. Besides that, it is easy to clean and makes very little sound compared to all other pasta extruders. If you want to read our review on this amazing kitchen appliance, you should read our Philips Pasta Maker review.

I have also written a long post about finding the perfect pasta maker. Feel free to read my full buyer's guide on buying the best pasta maker.


Grey KitchenAid Pasta Maker attachment making homemade fettuccine

Some people love having a lot of different kitchen appliances. Having a individual manual or electric pasta maker is a good choice for these people. However, some people prefer having just one central machine to do most of the work in the kitchen. If you are one of these people, chances are that you are a proud owner of a KitchenAid stand mixer.

KitchenAid has a special place in my heart, especially since they have multiple attachments available to make fresh homemade pasta. And the best part is, they take most of the hard work out of your hands. The KitchenAid Pasta Roller attachments have been put to the test, and the quality is as high as you can expect from KitchenAid.

KitchenAid Roller and Cutter Attachment on Amazon
KitchenAid Pasta Attachment
This KitchenAid attachment is perfect for pasta lovers looking for a pasta maker that already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Since its price reduction its the best deal for an electric pasta maker if you own a KitchenAid.

The perfect attachment for your KitchenAid

The KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter Set features the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment, as well as the spaghetti and fettuccini attachments. These three attachments allow you to make your own homemade spaghetti, fettuccine and lasagna. With the right mindset and a few simple tools, you will be able to make a lot more types of pasta by hand as well.

Since KitchenAid stand mixers are fully motorised, you don't have to do any of the hard work. No need to manually roll and cut the pasta by hand, the machine will do the job in a steady pace.

Lasagna roller, spaghetti & fettuccine cutter by KitchenAid

You can use the pasta roller attachment to make perfectly flat pasta sheets that can be used for lasagna and all other sorts of pasta such as ravioli. At FabulousPasta we have a dedicated a part of this website to show you how to make the best use of your pasta maker, and learn how to make almost unlimited varieties of pasta with just using the lasagna attachment.

This KitchenAid set does not only come with a pasta roller attachment to make pasta sheets, but also with a fettuccine and a spaghetti attachment. These two individual attachments will make it easier than ever to create both spaghetti and fettuccine. All you have to do is use the flat sheet of pasta and take it through the fettuccine or spaghetti cutter. The result? Either beautiful spaghetti or fettuccine, that's up to you!

Top-down view of the KitchenAid pasta maker attachments on a marble countertop
All three of these KitchenAid pasta attachments are made of stainless-steel, making them both sturdy and shiny. Of course, this means that the attachments will look good on the stand mixer itself. More importantly however, you don't have to worry about having to replace them anytime soon.

I like to take proper care of my appliances, including my stand mixer. If you are like me, you are in luck: this set comes with a cleaning brush, making it easy to clean all the flour off the attachments. Never use water to clean your pasta maker, and the same goes for these KitchenAid attachments. This will ruin the attachments. All you have to do is brush off the remaining flour and dough remnants, no need to use a dampened cloth.

What did we like about the KitchenAid Pasta Attachment Set

With the KitchenAid attachment it is very easy to make homemade pasta. It requires little to no strength to use the attachments, as the stand mixer motorises the process. This brings me to the second pro of this pasta set: you can use both hands freely to make the pasta. No need to crank a handle or push buttons, this is the perfect machine for starters and experienced cooks. You can focus on the pasta while the pasta maker attachment does the hard work.

Easy to switch the attachments

As with all pasta machines, both manual and electric, you have to switch the attachments during the pasta making process. KitchenAid makes the switching of the attachments very easy. You aren't wasting any time while preparing the pasta. The simple click-and-attach system makes it a stroll through the park to switch the attachments while making pasta with the KitchenAid.

Perfect cutting and rolling speed

One of the major features of any electric pasta maker is that you don't have to use a crank. However, this also means that you can't control the speed that the pasta get cut and rolled. Many cheap pasta makers have a speed that is either very slow or way too fast to comfortably take care of the pasta. The KitchenAid has perfected the speed: no stressing because of how fast the pasta gets through, and no falling asleep because it's too slow.

Little weight, little space

I'm not a fan of having a very crowded kitchen, and it seems that KitchenAid understands this part of me. The pasta attachments don't weigh a lot and don't take up much space. The three attachments weigh a total of only 7 pounds, which isn't a whole lot compared to the more bulky pasta makers such as the Philips. You can easily take them with you to a friends house if they also own a KitchenAid. While we're on this topic, the attachments are compatible with any of their stand mixers produced after 1990.

The KitchenAid attachments look great and are made from high quality materials. With proper care they will last you decades, as there are very little things that can go wrong with the inner mechanisms.

Making homemade fettuccine with the KitchenAid Fettuccine attachment

What did we dislike

While the price is great if you are shopping for an electric pasta maker, the price is quite high in comparison to manual machines that do the same job. That being said, you are buying an electric pasta maker and not a manual one. If you already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and have to choose between either a standalone electric pasta maker or these attachments, the attachments are the best buy.

Edit: The price of the KitchenAid has dropped quite a bit since this article was published. The KitchenAid is definitely the best choice for an electric pasta maker if you own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, even if you're on a budget.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer is necessary

Personally I love taking my smaller Marcato Atlas pasta machine with me to make pasta at friends or family. The downside of proprietary attachments is that you can only use them on the brand machines themselves. I can't use these attachments at friends who don't own a KitchenAid.

Having said that, I think anyone who is contemplating getting these attachments should be aware that they do need a stand mixer from KitchenAid to be able to use these pasta maker attachments. If you own one, these are a great pick. If you don't, they are basically useless without a stand mixer from KitchenAid.

Final verdict of the KitchenAid Pasta Maker Review

The KitchenAid attachments aren't very traditional when compared to other electric pasta makers. If comparison to other top brand pasta rollers we can conclude that they are of the same quality as higher priced pasta makers such as the Philips. The KitchenAid did not take away the authentic feeling of making homemade pasta. If you are shopping for an electric pasta maker and you already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, choosing these pasta cutter and roller attachments is the obvious choice.

The spaghetti and the various ravioli that we have made using these attachments did not taste less good than they do when they’re made with a traditional pasta maker.

If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter Set (available on Amazon) is the perfect addition for your kitchen, and a great addition to my collection of KitchenAid attachments. It is available on Amazon in various bundles.

KitchenAid Roller and Cutter Attachment on Amazon
KitchenAid Pasta Attachment
The KitchenAid Roller and Cutter set is perfect for those that want to make pasta and already own a KitchenAid stand mixer. Here you can also find all the other KitchenAid attachments and read user reviews. The full set is available on Amazon.

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Review of five different pasta drying racks
Looking for a pasta drying rack? If you have ever made homemade pasta, you have probably experienced your pasta sticking together. While this is a problem that rarely occurs when you are making egg pasta, you will most likely run into when making egg-free pasta. In situations like these, a pasta drying rack comes in very handy. With so many pasta drying racks being available, it might be difficult to choose the best drying rack. Our buyer’s guide will help you find the best pasta drying rack for you.

The past few years I have bought multiple drying racks for friends, family and myself. Some of these drying racks are of amazing quality, and I still use them whenever making homemade pasta.

For a quick overview, I have made a simple overview with the selection of the five best drying racks. For a more detailed review, check the individual reviews below to read what my personal experiences with each pasta drying rack is. For a quick view of the models that I review, take a look at the quick buyer's table below.

ImageProduct NameSpecificationsWhere to buy
Marcato Tacapasta on Amazon
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Marcato Atlas TacapastaFoldable pasta rack made of hard plastic with 16 arms that can hold a whopping 6 lbs of pasta. Comes with 3 years of warranty.Buy Now
KitchenAid Pasta Drying Rack
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KitchenAid Pasta Drying RackSame design as the Marcato. Only comes with 1 year of warranty and available in only one color.Buy Now
Eppicotispai Wooden Pasta Rack on Amazon
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Eppicotispai Pasta RackWooden pasta rack that can be disassembled. Cheaper alternative than the Marcato and the KitchenAid. Most popular choice.Buy Now
Norpro Pasta Rack on Amazon
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Norpro Pasta RackSmall wooden pasta rack that can be disassembled for easy storage. Holds less pasta than the other racks, but sports an unique design.Buy Now


The individual short reviews of every pasta rack can be found in the following paragraphs. If you have any questions about the reviews or the racks, please feel free to post a comment or send me a message.

Marcato Tacapasta Atlas Pasta Drying Rack Review

Red Marcato Tacapasta Drying Rack with fresh fettuccine
Hands down, this is the best pasta drying rack out there. Marcato is the biggest manufacturer of pasta makers, and unlike other manufacturers Marcato does not make their pasta makers and accessories in China, but in Italy.

The Marcato Tacapasta Drying Rack comes is made of polycarbonate, making the whole design very sturdy; there is no need to be afraid that you are breaking anything with this dryer. Besides the machine being as sturdy as possible, the design is also as fabulous as a pasta drying rack can get. With 16 arms to hang the pasta on, the Marcato Tacapasta can carry up to 4 pounds of pasta.

However, the best part of the Marcato Drying Rack is the fact how easily you can assemble and disassemble it through the folding mechanism. In less than 20 seconds you will have the rack up and standing on your table in all it’s glory. Wooden drying racks often take a lot more time to set up and are bulkier than plastic dryers, making them less easy to store away.

It also comes with a ‘pasta wand’, which will make it easier to catch the pasta that is being rolled and cutted with your pasta roller, and makes it easy to hang it on the rack. It makes it a lot easier to actually hang the pasta on the drying rack, and I think it would be a great addition for every pasta dryer out there. This wand can also be used to cut the pasta sheets when needed, so there is no need for having a knife around.

I have had my Marcato Pasta Rack for over 6 years now, and it still looks brand new. If you are looking for a drying rack that will fulfill all your pasta making needs, this is the right choice. You can buy the Marcato drying rack on Amazon.

KitchenAid Pasta Drying Rack Review

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There are quite a few companies that have copied the design of the Marcato drying rack, but most of these copies lack the build quality and materials that are used by Marcato. The only brand that has successfully copied it, is Kitchenaid with their KitchenAid KPDR Pasta Drying Rack. However, the KitchenAid comes with only 1 year of warranty where Marcato offers you a total of 3 years.

If we compare the KitchenAid with the Marcato, the KitchenAid drying rack is cheaper in most circumstances which makes it an obvious choice for a lot of people. On Amazon it sells for quite a lower price than it's competitor. While the difference in prices between the Marcato and the KitchenAid aren’t that big with an average of a $10 difference, the huge difference between the 1 and 3 year warranty made it an obvious choice for me.

Eppicotispai Wooden Pasta Drying Rack Review

Bamboo Eppicotispai Pasta Drying Rack on Amazon
If you are looking for a wooden pasta drying rack the choice that you get is overwhelming. There are quite a few lousy ones that I really wouldn’t recommend buying, but the Eppicotispai Drying Rackis definitely not one of those.

The wooden design of the Eppicotispai is simple but effective, and with it’s usual price below 20 dollars it’s a great deal as well. I have actually purchased a second one of these and coated it with lacquer to make the wood look a few shades darker. It came out nice and gave it a more distinguished look.

The Eppicotispai can be disassembled fairly easily, and once it it set up it is very sturdy and will have enough place to hang multiple batches of pasta. The only downside is that it consists of various parts, and losing an essential part of the rack would make it unusable. For this reason I recommend the Marcato if you tend to lose things around the house. Otherwise this is an amazing rack for drying your homemade pasta.

Conclusion: The Eppicotispai is perfect is you are looking for a wooden pasta drying rack. It is low in price and does the job. Nothing less, nothing more. It is available on for less than 20$.

Norpro Pasta Drying Rack Review

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If you are looking for a pasta drying rack with a playful style, the Norpro Pasta Drying Rack is a good choice. On Amazon it is well known for it’s low price and playful design.

In comparison to other drying racks, the Norpro is fairly small in size. This make it an ideal drying rack for everyone that wants to make a few batches of pasta at a time. However, if you are planning on making large batches of pasta consecutively this drying rack might not have enough space for you and the Marcato or the Eppicotispai might be better choices for you.

The smaller size of the dryer is also beneficial, as it is takes less space away both when you are using it and when it is stored away. Just like the Eppicotispai the Norpro can be disassembled for the moments that you aren’t using it. However, losing an essential part can make the whole rack useless for further use.

Conclusion: The Norpro is great for those that have little space or just don’t want their drying rack to take away a lot of space when they are using it. Works great with smaller batches of pasta for about 4 to 6 people. The perfect pasta drying rack for you, read more about it on Amazon.

Benefits of a Pasta Drying Rack

The worst thing that can happen after making a delicious batch of fresh pasta is seeing all your hard work sticking together, and becoming a heap of pasta. Believe me, it isn’t a pretty sight. A pasta drying rack will make sure that all your longer types of pasta, such as spaghetti, fettuccine and your lasagne sheets, will not stick together. Result? Delicious pasta and a very happy you.

When you lay your pasta on the table to dry instead of hanging it, the drying process will go a lot less quick. Having a pasta drying rack will ensure that your pasta dries more quickly.

Do It Yourself Pasta Drying Rack

My very first drying rack for my pasta was actually one that I had made myself. It wasn’t a pretty sight, since it was basically an old broomstick placed between two chairs; but hey, it worked. Luckily there are a lot of crafty people out there on the internet. Using the video below I managed to make an amazing do-it-yourself pasta drying rack. Best part? You can choose the type of wood that you want to use, this means you can make your pasta drying rack as fancy as you want.

It actually works really well, and the best part is that you can easily disassemble it when you aren’t using it.

If you really are in dire need of a place to dry your pasta and you don’t have the time to buy a drying rack or make one yourself, here are two quick tips:

Tip #1: Grab the handle of a broom or mop and place it between two chairs. It might not look as fancy a legit drying rack for your pasta, but it will do the job.

Tip #2: Take a tea towel and lay it down on your table. You can place your pasta on this towel in straight lines. The pasta will take more time to dry, but it’s a really easy and quick technique to dry your pasta if you there isn’t a pasta drying rack near you.

Hopefully it is a lot more evident which pasta drying rack out there is the best one for your needs. If you have any questions regarding choosing a drying rack, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll help you choose.

Are you looking for even more pasta maker accessoires, such as pasta stamps, cutters and ravioli trays? Feel free to read our buyer’s guide on pasta maker accessoires and as always: questions are welcome! Happy cooking!

Buy the KitchenAid Pasta Roller Attachment on Amazon

Making your own homemade pasta is something most lovers of the Italian cuisine love doing. There are various ways to create your own pasta, but in this review I will focus on a KitchenAid Pasta Attachment that you can use on your KitchenAid stand mixer. If you already own a KitchenAid mixer, buying this pasta roller attachment looks to be the perfect choice if you want to make pasta at home.

KitchenAid Pasta Maker is perfect for beginners

As a proud owner of a beautiful KitchenAid Stand Mixer and a passionate pasta lover, I just had to try the pasta roller attachment. The mixer is one of the kitchen appliances that I use almost on a daily basis, mainly because the ease of use. I am accustomed to using my manual or electric pasta roller and I was a little excited at first when I connected the pasta roller attachment onto my KitchenAid. It couldn’t have been any easier!

Essentially the pasta roller is a very basic attachment for your KitchenAid, but this doesn’t make it any less useful. At first I had my doubts about the pasta roller, as that is all it does: it rolls the pasta. But don’t be fooled as with pasta sheets you can actually do a lot of amazing stuff, as you can make your own lasagna, different types of pasta and it will let you make your own ravioli!

With the purchase of this roller attachment, you don’t get other attachments such as the spaghetti and fettuccine ones. They aren’t necessary, but I have to note that making your own long homemade pasta is a lot easier with these attachments. If you are a fan of longer types of pasta as well, you should consider going for the KitchenAid Roller and Cutter Attachment Set (Amazon) with both the roller, spaghetti and fettuccine attachments. Feel free to read the full review on the KitchenAid Roller and Cutter attachment set.

For beginners this roller attachment is a very good start to make your own homemade pasta if you already own a KitchenAid mixer. The price is fair and you can immediately get started with making your own pasta, and I am glad to help you out with that with our basic pasta making tutorials.

Technical Specifications of the KitchenAid Pasta Maker

If we are looking at the pasta roller attachment from a technical point of view, the following can be noted. The fully metal construction makes the attachment feel very sturdy, both in your hand and when attached to the KitchenAid itself.

The attachment features a 6-inch roller, so with the roller itself it’s possible to create pasta sheets that are six inches width. This is the standard dimension on most pasta makers for consumers, and will provide a width enough sheet to create all types of pasta.

As can be expected of any decent pasta roller, you can adjust the thickness of the rollers. Using this feature will guarantee that you get the perfect thickness that you desire.

Operating the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment was even easier than I could have imagined, as all I had to do is roll the sheet through the pasta roller. Since the KitchenAid motorizes the pasta roller attachment, you can use one hand to guide the pasta sheet through the roller and use the other hand to catch the dough sheet.

What did I like about the KitchenAid Pasta Roller

The ease of use of this attachment is just amazing, you literally just have to click it onto your KitchenAid and you are ready to go. The attachment is on par with the motorized attachment for the Marcato Atlas 150, it is just as easy to use and the quality of the pasta sheets is definitely comparable.

Materials that are used are important to me, definitely if it I am talking about something that I use very often. The KitchenAid pasta roller attachment is made from durable and sturdy metal, making sure that with proper use this will last you a very long time. The fact that the attachment looks amazing on my KitchenAid mixer is something that I shouldn’t forget to mention of course!

Closeup of the roller attachment

I love the fact that I can finally use both of my hands when using a pasta maker, as this is a complaint of many first-time users of manual hand crank pasta rollers. There is no learning curve for creating pasta with this KitchenAid attachment, and this is a big plus for those that want to involve their younger kids in making pasta and cooking in general.

Using the pasta roller with my 9-year old niece was both easy and fun. And the fact that she made her own pasta was something that she is really proud of!

The speed of the pasta roller when attached to the stand mixer is just right: not too fast and definitely not too slow (as this can be even more annoying than something going too fast). I had all the time that I needed to move my hands where they were needed, either while guiding the pasta into the roller and catching the pasta as it smoothly comes out.

What didn't I like about it

As with every product there are a few things that you should be wary of. The pasta roller attachment cannot be cleaned with soap and water, and it should definitely stay away from the dishwasher. This goes for all the pasta attachments for the KitchenAid, so please be warned! However, cleaning the roller is very easy as you can use the brush that you get with the attachment for free to wipe all the dough off the pasta roller attachment .

Don’t clean it with water, just use the brush that you get with the roller attachment. If there happens to be a bit of dough stuck between the rollers, just use a toothpick!

While the price isn’t very high for what you get, it isn’t the cheapest option for making your own homemade pasta. For the longer types of pasta such as fettuccine, spaghetti and angel hair you will want the other KitchenAid attachments. That being said, you can still make fettuccine and a lot of other pasta types such as ravioli and hand-rolled penne pasta.

Review Summary of the KitchenAid Pasta Roller

The KitchenAid KPSA Stand-Mixer Pasta-Roller Attachment is a very nifty piece of equipment and I do recommend it to those who already own a KitchenAid mixer. This clever roller attachment will make rolling pasta easier than ever, and it won’t limit you to only making lasagna sheets. You can order the KitchenAid roller attachment on Amazon.

Final note for this review: the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment has earned its place among all my other pasta makers, and I am sure that I am not alone in this decision. I bought the pasta roller as a bundle with the fettuccine and spaghetti cutter, and have been in love with them ever since.

This KitchenAid Pasta Attachment is a very useful and perfect for everyone who owns a KitchenAid mixer and wants to start making their own homemade pasta. Take a look at the video down below to see how easy and quick it is to use the attachment. Isn’t it just perfect?

Buy the KitchenAid Pasta Roller attachment on Amazon