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KitchenAid Pasta-Attachment Guide
Curious about KitchenAid's pasta attachments for their mixers? Here's a full guide of all pasta attachments from KitchenAid. Even the fussiest of chefs will be impressed with KitchenAid's versatile, durable pasta attachments. Made in Italy from high-quality stainless steel, KitchenAid pasta attachments work with all models of KitchenAid stand mixers.
We spent an afternoon trying out the sets of attachments on offer at Everything Kitchens to figure out how they work and what they work best for. Now all you have to do to expand the performance range of your KitchenAid mixer is peruse our attachments guide for a delicious - and surprisingly easy - alternative to a box of stale noodles from the grocery store.
KitchenAid Pasta Deluxe Set KSMPDX
This comprehensive 5-piece set is the complete pasta-rolling and -cutting setup. It includes an adjustable pasta roller with eight thickness settings that easily rolls out 6-inch-wide sheets of pasta dough. Choose from the four cutters to make spaghetti, fettuccine, capellini or lasagnette noodles.
If you're nuts for noodle dishes and want to either fill your pantry with freshly made and dried pasta or are someone who appreciates the unbeatable flavor of fresh pasta and enjoys matching it to sauces appropriate to its shape, this is definitely the set of pasta attachments you're going to love.
Do five different pastas seem a tad overwhelming for your pasta-making interests? Consider the pasta attachment that creates two of the most popular noodles in the U.S. - spaghetti, and its flat cousin, fettuccine.
The KitchenAid Pasta Roller KSMPRA is a three-piece set that includes the adjustable pasta roller, a spaghetti blade, and a fettuccine blade. It makes a great starting point for learning to use the mixer with pasta attachments, by allowing you to make pasta that most of us are already familiar with. If you're creative or bold, try your hand at hand-cutting pasta from the 6-inch sheets produced by the pasta roller. This set is the perfect choice for those who want to get started making their own pasta noodles. Yum!
If you're wanting to start making your own pasta but don't want to commit to a slew of attachments, or if you want to upgrade from a manual hand-crank pasta roller, this is the attachment for you. This adjustable pasta-roller effortlessly produces 6-inch-wide and has eight thickness settings, so you can opt to cut pasta by hand or make a stack of lasagna sheets.
Expand your pasta repertoire with the 2-Piece Pasta Cutter Set KSMPCA, which features a capellini cutter and a lasagnette cutter. You can probably figure out that a lasagnette is a smaller lasagna noodle, but might not be familiar with capellini. Capellini is a long, strand pasta noodle between the thicker spaghetti and the thinner angel hair pasta. The typical approach to pairing sauces to the appropriate pastas is the thicker the noodle, the thicker the sauce. So, a thin, delicate strand pasta like capellini is the perfect vehicle for a simple butter & oil with parmesan, a creamy garlic sauce or a light, airy, and spicy tomato-vodka sauce.
You'll need the Pasta Sheet Roller KSMPSA to make the pasta sheets for the capellini and lasagnette cutters; this set is also the perfect complement to the 3-Piece Set KSMPRA, which includes the pasta roller as well as the spaghetti and fettuccine cutters.
Italian restaurant-quality ravioli made by you in your own kitchen? Relax - with the KitchenAid Ravioli Maker KRAV, it's super easy. After you create the pasta sheets with Pasta Sheet Roller KSMPSA (sold separately), attach the ravioli maker to your mixer, drape a sheet of pasta over the ravioli maker, place the hopper in the draped pasta, fill with your ravioli filling, then crank out sheets of perfectly filled and securely crimped raviolis.
There is one caveat: This is a manual pasta roller. It takes elbow grease, not the mixer's motor, to make it turn. But that's easy, too, and the whole process of making your own ravioli is every bit as satisfying (and fun!) as devouring those tasty little ravioli pillows.
KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press KSMPEXTA
The KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press KSMPEXTA makes pretty much every type of pasta noodle you know and love and doesn't require the additional purchase of the Pasta Sheet Roller.
You get six stainless steel cutters with this comprehensive set: Spaghetti, rigatoni, bucatini, fusilli, and large and small elbow macaroni. And like the other KitchenAid pasta-making attachments, the six cutters in this gourmet set all work with any KitchenAid stand mixer. You can take it from there.
When making homemade pasta for dinner, why not make extra to enjoy another night? The Kitchenaid Pasta- Drying Rack KPDR is designed to preserve pasta's taste and texture while its drying. The rack features a tier of arms that can be individually turned and adjusted to accommodate up to four pounds of pasta of varying lengths. When your pasta is dried and stored, just fold up this collapsable rack and stash it in a cabinet until your next pasta-making happening.
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.