Tips-y Tuesdays: Pasta Machines

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I was super excited about a Christmas present from my husband K. Pasta maker attachments for my stand mixer! I’ve been making pasta with my by-hand pasta machine, but it’s been difficult and messy. The main issue is that I couldn’t attach the machine to my countertop because my counter is too thick for it. So, I end up trying to hold it in place while cranking the pasta. And, it is still pretty easy, but you obviously need a little muscle effort (maybe a fancier one is better, but mine was only $40 at a discount store), which is difficult when trying to hold a wobbly machine. Well, I heard the stand mixer attachments worked well, but I didn’t want to spend $150 on them.

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Homemade Egg Spaghetti

You might be thinking that I already made this, or something really close. But it turns out that making pasta with a pasta maker is even more fun than cutting it out by hand. I have Lisa to thank for this, since she was the one who first showed me how to use a pasta maker, and helped me buy one! My mom owned a pasta maker (I forget who bought it for her) but the directions for setting it up were in a language none of us knew, and it wasn’t Italian. This was also before we had the Internet, so we couldn’t just scan the directions and translate it. Sorry, kids of the future. So, it gathered dust and I don’t even know if my dad has it anymore.

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