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Where can I buy a quality pasta machine?

I love homemade pasta, but I don't have a pasta machine and it's a pain in the butt to cut it by hand. So does anyone know where to get a quality pasta machine? I don't know what to look for to determine the quality, so if anyone could help, that would be great.

caitlinsdad5 years ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/S3Y61L7FMMD0N48/ has some pics of mine in action.

Anyway, look for a machine made in Italy. If you get a chance to touch one, they are heavily chrome plated with smooth stainless steel rollers. It should be heavy. The adjustment knobs should click in place. They all seem to be of the same design with a slide on cutter attachment. They do sell an option for ravioli maker/stuffer, The design flaw is usually the crank handle will pop out in heavy use since it just slides into the keyhole. You do need to clamp it down to a table but if you have a thick table, you will need to improvise with a different clamp. The difficulty is trying to clean the machine since it does not come apart and you cannot soak the whole thing in water. Get an assortment of thin small width brushes of various types and bamboo skewers to get into the crevices or some kind of blower to dust it out.

They are available at Bed, Bath and Beyond, kitchen supply stores, big department stores, Amazon or online. You should be able to get a quality one starting around $50-60 dollars. I think a manual one is more fun to use unless you need the power motor attachment. I don't like the kitchenaid mixer pasta attachment at all. You just kind of place the dough in the thing and it sucks it right out of your hands. You don't get the feel of it or control at all.

Bon appetit!