If you are looking for ways to spice up some of your favorite recipes, such as your grandmother’s spaghetti sauce recipe, then compliment that sauce with some wonderful homemade pasta instead of pasta from a box. Making homemade pasta is easy to make and only takes a few minutes with the right pasta machine. You will also notice the savings by making your own.
With just a little work, you can be learning how to make pasta on your own and have it ready in time for dinner. I’ve made home made pasta dozens of times over the years. Once you have your ingredients, from start to finish, you are looking at maybe 10 to 15 minutes depending on how much you make. The other nice thing you will quickly notice about making fresh home made pasta besides the killer taste, is how quickly it will cook.
When you are looking for a new pasta machine, you will likely notice that there are two main varieties – manual and electric. With one of the manual pasta machines, you have to use a hand crank to power the machine. As you crank in the dough, the machine will make it in the appropriate size for you, depending on the size setting that you have chosen.
Electric pasta makers are a little difference since they automate some of the process for you. With this type of pasta maker, you just put in the ingredients and the machine mixes it all up for you. Once mixed, the machine gets the dough to the proper texture and then makes your pasta for you. As you can tell, the process from start to finish is much quicker with an electric pasta machine as opposed to a manual pasta machine. Of course, there is something almost cathartic about making your own dough and processing it into noodle through the manual pasta machine.
Atlas Pasta Machine
One of the most popular manual pasta makers is the Atlas Pasta Machine, which allows you to make homemade pasta in the traditional Italian way. This stainless steel machine has rollers that are plated with nickel so that they do not fall prey to corrosion and body of the machine is plated in chrome.
With the Atlas Pasta Machine, you get complete control over the size of your pasta as the output dial has 9 different positions. The key to successfully using this pasta maker is getting the dough just right so that it is not too wet. Otherwise, it will stick to the pasta roller and become a sticky mess. Once done, you will be able to enjoy pasta that is much more flavorful than the dry pasta noodles that comes in a box from the grocery store.
While it does take a little longer to make homemade pasta with this manual pasta machine, the process itself is fairly straightforward and quiet. With the automatic machines, you often experience a lot of noise from the working motors. But since this is a hand crank machine with a dough roller, the only noise you will hear will be the ones that you make on your own.
Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster Pasta Maker
A good choice for an electric pasta machine is the Lello 2730 3000 Pro Pastamaster Pasta Maker. With this pasta machine, you can have homemade pasta ready in less than half an hour. In fact, the powerful 300 watt motor can turn out around 3 pounds of fresh homemade pasta in just 20 minutes. The machine comes with 8 different discs so that you can make pasta in 8 different sizes or varieties.
The types of pasta you can make are:
- thin spaghetti
- regular spaghetti
- flat linguine
- small fettuccine
- large hollow spaghetti
- lasagna noodles
Pasta Recipes – How to Make Pasta
For this machine, you add in your wet and dry ingredients directly into the mixing bowl area of the pasta machine. After you do that, all you have to do is power on the machine and it takes care of the rest for you. The result is some really great pasta that is so much better than what you can buy at the store. If you find that the included 8 pasta discs do not include your favorite pasta type, then that is an easy problem to fix. All you have to do is purchase some additional pasta discs for the pasta type that you want to make. Other types of discs you can buy include discs for ravioli, gnocchi, shells, penne and breadsticks.
As long as you follow the directions, you will end up with perfect pasta with this machine. And if you find that 3 pounds of pasta is just too much for you, then there is an easy solution to that problem – just freeze it. One thing that you will experience with this machine is noise. Since it has a motor, it is actually very noisy while in use.