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Kitchen Tools for Making Fresh Pasta

What is a pasta maker?

With a tender, silky texture and flavorful taste, fresh pasta is the ultimate comfort food. When it was introduced to Europe in the 15th century, pasta was made by hand with a simple combination of durum flour and eggs. Today, the recipe still follows traditional pasta making techniques: 100g durum flour to 1 egg is used to achieve the perfect ratio of gluten and liquid protein; therefore, a serving of four typically calls for 500g durum flour and 5 eggs. This basic recipe makes a hearty base for many types of sauces and gourmet ingredients. Read More

First, the mixture is beaten and whisked together with a fork. Then, the dough is kneaded until it is soft and pliable; cut into small pieces, the dough is rolled out into a long sheet. Italian grandmothers and home chefs then carefully slice the pasta into various shapes and sizes, from Fettuccine to stuffed tortellini and more. They repeat the process until they have enough for a family dinner, and then it’s onto the sauce, which is a whole ‘nother story!

In 1930, home pasta making was revolutionized by the Atlas 150, a sleek and modern kitchen appliance that could make perfectly uniform pasta with a homemade taste. Today, the tradition of the Marcato pasta maker is stronger than ever, a testament to the original design that is still in production.

What is the best pasta maker to buy?

The magic of the Atlas 150 is how it significantly speeds up the pasta making process. It helps flatten and roll the pasta into a certain thickness to create perfectly shaped Fettuccine, Lasagna, and Taglioni, plus 13 attachments for other types of pasta. Considered the best pasta maker on the market, the Atlas 150 is made from high-quality stainless steel and comes in 6 eye-catching colors. The anodized aluminum rollers also give the pasta a porous quality, which allows it to hold onto all kinds of sauces and condiments.

How to Use the Marcato pasta maker

Once you’ve made your pasta dough, the Marcato pasta maker makes it easy to create different types of long strand pasta. First, clamp your pasta machine onto a sturdy work surface such as a kitchen counter or island. Start by slicing the dough into small pieces and rolling them through the flattening function of the machine. Fold the dough in half and flatten in the machine until you achieve your desired length and thickness.

Next, place the rolled out pasta dough on a floured surface and cut the ends evenly. With this perfectly rectangle-shaped pasta sheet, you’re ready to make some noodles using the nifty Marcato pasta maker. After carefully sending the sheets into the pasta maker, place the noodles on the Tacapasta to dry before using.

Where to buy a pasta maker

When you consider the ease and convenience of a pasta maker, it’s hard to imagine ever living without one. When you include a Marcato pasta maker in your arsenal of kitchen appliances, you’ll have all the tools you need to make fresh pasta from scratch in half the time.