Making Homemade Pasta (excitement and trepidation)

Making Homemade Pasta Ever since I read a memoir about homemade noodles in Bridges journal several years ago I have been enthralled by the idea of making my own pasta. Still, I am yet to do so.

Why? Mainly intimidation. what if I bomb? What if i make a mess of it aiaiaiai… can you tell I have a perfectionist streak?

Recently a channel here in Trinidad began showing programs from the Food Network for between 90 minutes during the week to 3 hours a day on a Sunday.

I had not seen the Food Network since 1999 when I left Connecticut to return to my homeland. In fact I credit my discovery of the Food Network (back in 1995) with my desire to learn all things culinary :)

Watching Mario Batali on Molto Mario, as he creates his own pastas made me revisit that desire to also have my own noodles boiling before my eyes. I’m still nervous but I’m determined, more than ever, to get past that now!

I’ve noticed that many of the cooks on the Food Network use a KitchenAid pasta attachment

Unfortunately I don’t have a KitchenAid and it doesn’t appear that there are any pasta attachments for our old and faithful Sunbeam Mixmaster (if anyone knows of any, feel free to let me know). So… I’ve been searching Amazon for pasta machines. Right now I’ve narrowed my choices down to the following.

Lello Pasta Maker 3000 Pro Lello Pasta Maker 3000 Pro

Product Features

  • Kneads & mixes the pasta
  • Makes 3 pounds of pasta in about 20 minutes
  • Large 300 watt motor
  • 8 pasta discs to make a variety of different pastas
  • Just flour & eggs to make great pasta

Atlas Manual Pasta Machine Atlas Manual Pasta Machine (optional motor attachment available)
Product Features

    • Model 150
    • Table top manual pasta maker
    • 1.5 mm and 6.5 mm cutters
    • Clamp model
    • Hand operated cutter

If anyone has any personal experience with any of these models, or wants to recommend another feel free to do so by leaving a comment. You can be sure that once I’ve made my first batch I’ll be posting about it here! :)

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  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I have a pasta maker that’s similar to the second one, with a hand crank. It works very well but you sometimes I felt like I needed a third hand to work with it.
    Once you start making your own pasta, I’ll guarentee you’ll love it! You can do it without a pasta maker too, it’s just a little more labour intensive.

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I have a pasta maker that’s similar to the second one, with a hand crank. It works very well but you sometimes I felt like I needed a third hand to work with it.
    Once you start making your own pasta, I’ll guarentee you’ll love it! You can do it without a pasta maker too, it’s just a little more labour intensive.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    I imagine without a pasta maker one slices the noodles individually? Do you think you’d get a motor attachment? Still building up the nerve :D :D :D :D Someone recently recommended the second one (the Atlas Manual Pasta Machine) to me as well, I believe they are using the motor attachment too :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    I imagine without a pasta maker one slices the noodles individually? Do you think you’d get a motor attachment? Still building up the nerve :D :D :D :D Someone recently recommended the second one (the Atlas Manual Pasta Machine) to me as well, I believe they are using the motor attachment too :)

  • http:///www.simcooks.com SimCooks

    My kitchen has too little countertop space to place a KitchenAid machine (be it a pasta maker or a mixer). When I have a kitchen as big as Kitchen Stadium (Iron Chef America) maybe I’ll get one. It is one of those fanciful kitchen gadgets that every cook dreams to own heh!

  • http://google marsha

    where can I find a pasta machine in trinidad

  • http://www.deliciouspastarecipes.net/ravioli-with-mozzarella-and-prosciutto/ Delicious Pasta

    I've always wanted to try to make homemade pasta…just haven't gotten around to it. But I remember when my grandma used to do that and I loved every minute of it…it's a completely different pasta than dried! But instead of getting a pasta cutter just try and cut the dough thinly with a floured knife, I've heard that works well!

  • http://www.deliciouspastarecipes.net/ravioli-with-mozzarella-and-prosciutto/ Delicious Pasta

    I've always wanted to try to make homemade pasta…just haven't gotten around to it. But I remember when my grandma used to do that and I loved every minute of it…it's a completely different pasta than dried! But instead of getting a pasta cutter just try and cut the dough thinly with a floured knife, I've heard that works well!