As an Italian, you would figure I’d have lots of practice making pasta but sadly, no, so when this DeLonghi pasta maker arrived, I was very excited to try it out. I spent the time to read over the instructions and look at all the parts carefully. The machine comes with 8 attachments for making various pasta shapes including: biscuit, spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine, macaroni, linguine, ravioli and tagliatelle. After reading the recipes, I chose a simple basic pasta and went for it.
To add your ingredients, you lift the plastic see through lid and add according to the recipe. The lid has little cut outs you can add water through, if needed. Press the on button to start kneading then follow the directions for your specific pasta on timeframes. There is also a reverse kneading button of which I did 30 seconds on each. Your dough should be crumbly so don’t add water until it forms a ball. It will stick and gets ugly. The fun part is the extrusion button that then pushes the dough through the pasta attachment and BOOM, pasta! I had lots of flour on hand and dusted the pasta as it came out so it didn’t stick together. The maker comes with a pasta cutter to cleanly remove from the die or to cut longer noodles into smaller ones. I cut mine and immediately tossed it into boiling water for fresh noodles. There are two measuring cups included as well; one for flour and the other for water. The water has measurements, the flour did not. You also get a nut wrench for getting the stainless steel nut off the attachment area for removal, cleaning or changing and a brush to clean the dies.
Clean up was a bit overwhelming at first but once I started pulling the pieces off, I was nicely surprised at how the entire mixer and maker part all comes apart into easy to clean pieces. There are a few nooks and crannies hard to get clean so use the brush since it has bristles on the top to get in the little grooves. Best part is how easy it was to actually do. From start to finish I had fresh noodles made, cooked and served in 45 minutes. The pasta was incredible. Nice machine, easy to use, well made with strong durable parts and will get lots of use.
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