Making your own pasta is incredibly rewarding. It’s a hands-on task that takes a bit of time and effort, but with delicious fresh pasta to eat at the end, you really do reap the rewards.
There are plenty of gadgets and accessories out there to help you achieve those sleek lasagne sheets, ribbons of fettuccine and nests of tagliolini. In our pasta maker review, we’ve tested some of the best to help you choose where to start.
Pasta makers will roll your pasta dough into long sheets suitable for layering straight into a lasagne or cutting into fettuccini and tagliolini for pairing with your favourite sauce. They have different settings, usually six, which will roll thinner and thinner pasta with every gear.
If ravioli is on the menu, we’ve included some simple pasta stamps for shaping and sealing ravioli; a perfect activity for kids to get involved with.
What is the best pasta maker to buy?
Marcato Atlas 150 machine with tagliatelle attachment
Best pasta maker
- Easy to use
- Perfect pasta
- Not dishwasher safe
Classic in style with its chrome steel finish, this Marcato looks exactly how you would expect an Italian pasta machine to look. It’s sturdily built, weighty to lift but that’s exactly what you want for handling thinly rolled pasta. Once clamped on the edge of the counter top it didn’t move at all.
The machine arrives with its pasta cutter accessory pre-attached; easily removed by lifting upwards. We tested its three functions for making lasagne, fettuccine and tagliolini, first feeding the dough through its rollers whilst winding the removable handle.
The process was smooth, with the machine producing silky, unpuckered pasta through its non-stick rollers.
Usefully you can use one hand to change levels whilst the other holds the pasta. Once rolled, it was as easy to re-attach and wind the attachment which cuts beautifully sized fettuccine and tagliolini.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pasta-maker, this is an incredibly user-friendly machine and comes with a great user guide with step-by-step instructions for following.
If you’re feeling adventurous or are wanting to make large quantities of formulaic, bite-size ravioli, this bespoke ravioli attachment takes big lengths of rolled pasta and filling to press perfectly spaced mouthfuls.
It’s not dishwasher safe and has a hefty price tag, but is fun to use if you’re preparing to cook for a big group.
Imperia Italian double cutter pasta machine
Best heritage pasta machine
- Brand with a legacy of pasta excellence
- Needs dusting with flour to prevent pasta from sticking and a work-surface overhang
The Imperia pasta machine is another classic player in pasta making, also made in Italy. It’s simple to set up, with an intuitive design and the standard six settings for rolling your pasta thinner and thinner.
We liked the wooden handle, which was smooth to wind and although the mechanism was a little stiff when changing the roller settings, it would loosen with use. Another weighty machine, there was zero movement thanks also to the addition of its clamp.
With a dusting of flour we found the dough smooth and easy to roll through – but would not recommend using without. Again we were left with really high quality fresh lasagne sheets, tagliatelle and tagliolini.
John Lewis (£69.95)
The best pasta gadgets
Lakeland 5-piece pasta making set
Best pasta maker for families and first-timers
- Tools are robust
- Fairly versatile
- Pappardelle cutter more difficult to operate
If you’ve already got a pasta roller, this little kit is perfect for getting hands-on to shape the dough with five traditional pasta cutting, rolling and pressing tools.
The kit contains a pasta wheel cutter which would double up for cutting pastry. The farfalle rolling cutter slices pasta into perfect 3.5cm squares for filling and layering, which is immensely satisfying to play with. The round and square ravioli presses could also be used as small cookie cutters.
If you’re looking for some pasta making gadgets that are simple and versatile, these beautifully made wooden tools are a well priced option.
Marcato ravioli tablet
Best gadget for guided ravioli making
- Makes 12 ravioli at once
- Comes with its own rolling pin
We loved the concept of this Marcato-made ravioli tablet, made from anodized aluminium and large stamp lid that guide you in making small but perfectly formed ravioli every time.
Dust the under-tray with flour and gently press your pasta into the holes, filling each as you go before layering another pasta sheet on top. Then press down with the stamp, aligning its corners using its handles.
We loved the bespoke-sized aluminium rolling pin that has easy-grip silicone handles and will ensure you’ve applied even pressure across the surface of the tray.
Wondering how to make your own ravioli? Check out our homemade ravioli recipe – the filling can be made with spinach or foraged ingredients.
Lakeland collapsible pasta drying rack
Most sturdy drying rack
- Collapsible for easy storage
- 36cm in footprint so takes up a lot of space on your counter when in use
Having a pasta drying rack gives you flexibility about how much fresh stuff you can make in one go. Fresh pasta freezes nicely, so drying it first allows you to batch make, roll and cut.
When built, Lakeland’s pasta drying rack was sturdy and well-balanced. It can hold a square metre of pasta in one go and dismantles to just 2cm thickness, about the same as a wooden chopping board so can be slid into slim spaces for storage.
The best pasta maker attachments
KitchenAid 3-piece pasta roller and cutter set
Best pasta maker attachments
- Hands-free rolling and cutting, efficient and professional pasta finish
These attachments went down a storm in the BBC Good Food kitchen and are really fun to use if you already have a KitchenAid mixer on your counter.
With the standard connection, it’s simple to attach each gadget for rolling and slicing your pre-made pasta dough.
These work best on a slow speed of one or two, feeding the dough through automatically, leaving you with both hands to control the pasta. You’re left with beautifully sleek pasta strands, you’ll almost be disappointed when you run out of dough to roll.
Although there’s a hefty price tag, these attachments make pasta-making really easy, saving you from having to buy an additional machine and giving your KitchenAid even more life.
How to clean your pasta maker
First rule – don’t pop anything in the dishwasher! Most pasta machines come with their very own bristled brushes for dusting off bits of flour or stray pasta dough. Wet pasta dough becomes a paste with the sticking power of cement, so try and keep all parts of the machine dry as best you can. A warm damp cloth should wipe away any particularly stubborn bits. Leave the machine to dry fully before using again.
How to make fresh pasta
Wondering how to make pasta from scratch? First, arm yourself with the right fresh pasta recipe. Our easy pasta dough can be used to make any style or shape of pasta. You’ll need only three ingredients – traditional ’00’ flour, egg and semolina. Whizz them in a food processor, then knead into a smooth dough. Follow our recipe to discover how to roll and shape it. For more on how to make pasta dough, watch our video guide.
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