I am Italian and the very proud owner of a pasta machine, which I have had for years and is still as good now as new.

My son and I were together all day today so we decided treat dad by making pasta. My son loves using the pasta machine and it is actually very easy to make fresh pasta. With a little practice and a few tips any hand pasta machine will make extremely delicious, lasagne, tagliatelle or spaghetti, which taste far better than any sold in packets.

My pasta machine is sturdy, made of stainless steel, and does exactly what it says on the box! I like manual ones because they are easier to control. I have an electric one too but I never use it. I seem to get into a mess when I try to speed things up! My machine isn’t sold on Amazon, it’s too old, but the one I have picked out is very similar and gets many excellent reviews.

A pasta machine is standard kitchen equipment all over Italy. People make fresh pasta at the drop of a hat, most Sundays, and certainly during special occasions. I have wonderful memories of helping my grandmother crank the handle of her pasta machine, which was exactly the same as the ones they sell today.


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. I have won the Squidoo Holiday Gift Monster Quest! This very lens was chosen out of many fantastic entries. I am honored. Thank you so much. Yipppeeee! And Lens of the Day too! Yaba Daba Doo!


Here’s my printable recipe for making pasta. We took some photos while we worked today and I have written some tips next to each one. The secret is to keep the dough dry so it doesn't stick to the rollers. Here’s a great easy tomato sauce recipe.

Pasta machines make wonderful gifts because they're not too expensive, they last forever, and there is something very charming about them. To buy one just click on the big orange ‘buy now’ button and you will be taken directly to Amazon.

Image Credit: Making Pasta with a Pasta Machine copyright 2013 adventuretravelshop

I have picked these out because they get excellent reviews on Amazon. The middle one is a gift set and I like it because it has a ravioli making bit to it too. It's a bit expensive, but it would certainly make a budding cook very happy! The third one has a motor in case that's what you need. Click on any of these and you'll be taken to Amazon where there are others.

This is my machine clamped to my work surface. Make sure you leave room for the handle to turn freely.

Here's an example of how dry it should be.

Here's the dough ready to be put through the mangle!

See how rough you can leave the dough? The machine will do all the work for you. No need to knead!

Here's the thickest setting - see how I've folded the pasta? I will pass it through this setting about 4 times. Folding it each time till it's smooth.

Here it is going through the numbers getting thinner and longer each time. Cut it in half if it gets too long. Keep sprinkling flour if it seems damp.

That's me showing you our fettucini / tagliatelle. Simply take the handle out of the roller and put it in the hole for the cutter. It's very simple.

Here they are on a floured tray waiting for the pot! Keep them in a cool place. You can prepare these the night before if you want to.

Making Pasta with a Pasta Machine Plus a Recipe

All you need to make this great dish is a pasta machine and unless you’re going to make very large amounts of pasta there is absolutely no need to buy a motorizing attachment! I hope you enjoy making it as much as we did today.

  • Serves: 5
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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 400 grams strong white flour + extra to use to keep the pasta from sticking to itself when it's made
  • 100 grams of fine semolina
  • salt - about half a teaspoon
  • Dribble of olive oil for extra flavor

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, semolina and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Make a hole in the middle of the flour mixture
  3. Crack in the eggs and a dribble of olive oil and start pulling in the flour round the eggs with a spoon or your fingers until all the mixture is incorporated into dough
  4. Place on a floured surface and roughly knead it into a very stiff dough ball - it should not be at all sticky. You don't have to knead it very much because the machine will do all that hard work for you.
  5. Cut the dough into manageable size chunks.
  6. Set the roller part of the machine to it's largest setting - the rollers should be the furthest apart. Usually number 1. Roll the ball of dough through. Fold and repeat. Do this a few times until the dough is nice and smooth. It may need more flour or a drop of water. You will have to play it by ear. The aim is to have a nice smooth thick piece of dry pasta.
  7. Turn the dial one notch at the time so that the rollers get closer together very slightly. Don't skip any number. Do not fold the dough any more just roll it through once.
  8. Change the setting again and roll. Repeat this till the sheet is as thin as you like it. I do mine till number 7 and my machine has 9 numbers - 9 being the thinnest.
  9. Now you're ready to cut the sheets into either tagliatelle or spaghetti. Just carefully roll the pasta through in the same way. Don't pull it just let the roller pass it through.
  10. Place the cut pasta on a floured tray. Separate the strands as much as you can and flour them. They must not stick together.
  11. Keep in a cool place until you are ready to cook them.
  12. Cook in a large pot of salted boiled water for a few minutes - they will start to float. Do not over cook them. They should be 'al dente', meaning they should have a bite to them.
  13. Add your favorite homemade sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh pepper.

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Serve with a side salad and a nice glass of red wine! Buon apetito!



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  • sierradawn Dec 28, 2013 @ 12:27 am
    I had a friend make home made pasta with a pasta machine. She had all the guests participate in doing it. That was the best pasta that I have ever tasted!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 28, 2013 @ 7:56 am
    Good idea to involve the guests with making the pasta! made a delicious pasta dish for Boxing day. I'm going to make a lens about it tomorrow. Pansotti with Salsa di Noce. Is its official Italian name! Large vegetarian ravioli is the closest description. With a walnut sauce. Yummy! Thanks for your visit and for your comment.
  • bercton Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:24 am
    Great recipe and great lens!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:21 pm
    Thank you very much indeed.
  • calconcrete Dec 08, 2013 @ 12:37 pm
    I have a manual Atlas pasta machine. It makes perfect pasta and is super easy to use and clean. It will be in my family for generations alongside of cast iron skillets.

    Great recipes you included.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 08, 2013 @ 4:23 pm
    I don't know that make of pasta machine, but it sounds like mine - reliable, easy to use and sturdy. I'm so pleased to get such positive feedback from folk who are making their own pasta. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.
  • DebMartin Dec 05, 2013 @ 7:43 pm
    Making my own pasta has always intimidated me a little bit. But I agree, from scratch is the best. Now where to put that machine.... hmmmm
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 10:40 pm
    Oh great - get it out, dust it down, say OM and then have fun. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your pasta.
  • bercton Dec 04, 2013 @ 12:18 pm
    Very nice and great lens! Congratulation on LOTD.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 8:52 am
    Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your visit and feedback.
  • mutter Dec 04, 2013 @ 4:49 am
    You can't beat the "real thing" and this looks very do-able. Congrats on LOTD!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 8:50 am
    That's true enough. I'm planning on making ravioli for Christmas eve so I can feel another pasta lens coming on! lol. Thanks for you kind feedback. I am thrilled to have been selected for LoTD.
  • PadmashriSriram Dec 04, 2013 @ 4:39 am
    Awesome lens and a superb recipe. I tend to buy ready made pasta packets and cook. Must buy a pasta machine.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 8:48 am
    It's a great thing to do when you are on holiday and fancy time in the kitchen. A little music playing in the background - fun! Let me know if you get a machine. I'd love to hear how you get on with it. Thanks for visiting.
  • d-artist Dec 03, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! Looks absolutely yummy....I think it would be fun to make your own pasta.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 8:45 am
    Hello. Making your own pasta is fun because it's for special occasions - it's very impressive at dinner parties! Thanks for your visit I am so delighted that I got the LoTD.
  • discountcopiercenter Dec 03, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
    Great preparation for pasta. What I liked about this handy equipment is that it will make the work easier. The pictures are very nice and it encourages me to have one and crunch everything down. Many congratulation for the Lens Of The Day. Keep smiling.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 05, 2013 @ 8:43 am
    Thank you so much for your great feedback. I'm going to make a lens about how to make a fantastic tomato sauce to go with it today! Have a great day.
  • rauspitz Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
    Great recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:37 pm
    Thank you so much. I really appreciate your visit and kind comment.
  • CrazyHomemaker Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
    Congrats on LOTD! I love to make noodles and pasta. In fact, I just made pierogis last night. My friends think I'm nuts, but it is totally worth it. My hubby loves when I make gnocchi! I've been thinking of buying a pasta machine and this lens will certainly help me out. Great lens!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
    I have never made pierogis - but I love the sound of them. Gnocchi are my favorite too - they can be a bit tricky to make, you need the right potatoes. Thank you so much for visiting my lens and for your comment. Let me know if you do get a machine, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  • somergreat48 Dec 03, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
    Great Lens! A family friend use to make homemade pasta and it was so tasty!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
    Yes, it's difficult to forget how delicious it is. They serve it in restaurants all over Italy. I hope I have inspired people to give it a try. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and for leaving a comment.
  • BarbaraCasey Dec 03, 2013 @ 5:31 pm
    Your pictures are really helpful. A pasta maker is on my holiday wish list. Thanks.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:17 pm
    That's great news! Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.
  • RinchenChodron Dec 03, 2013 @ 2:27 pm
    Mmmmm - enough said!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:17 pm
    Thank you!
  • mary712 Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:50 pm
    MMmmmmm, this looks soooo good to try!!!!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
    Thanks - I think you'll like it! :0)
  • calconcrete Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:43 pm
    I have an Italian pasta machine as pictured on your lens. Makes wonderful pasta and is built to last FOREVER.

    My only problem is that I am single and have had problems storing the excess pasta for future use. I put it on drying racks but it seems to crumble when I take it off. Should I be using more olive oil or ??

    Patrick
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
    That's a very good point Patrick, no matter how hard I try I always seem to make too much! No don't add oil. You can freeze it. Take the spaghetti and roll it lightly into little nests and put them in the freezer on a tray and wait for them to completely freeze. You can store them in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. You should cook them from frozen so they may need a little more time to cook. Hope that helps. Thanks for your question.
  • getupandgrow Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
    The pasta looks delicious, and your machine wonderfully shiny. How easy is it to clean the machine?
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
    This is a very good question, and something I completely forgot to mention! They are easy to clean because they shouldn't get sticky. They get dusty with flour. The dough must be as dry as you can make it without it crumbling or falling apart. So it should never stick to the mechanism of the machine. The flour will keep it dry.I do two things - before starting I take a small piece of dough and pass it through the rollers and cutter and then throw it away. And when I've finished making the pasta I give it a brush with a toothbrush I have just for this purpose. Then I wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it. It is shiny because I don't wet it. I hope that answers your question. Thanks very much for asking it.
  • chrisilouhoo Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:24 pm
    Lovely! Congrats!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 5:59 pm
    Thank you so much!
  • LadyCharlie Dec 03, 2013 @ 12:52 pm
    Very nice I like making homemade noodles and your lens makes me wants to make all kinds of pasta. Thank you for showing me how!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:18 pm
    You're very welcome. Do you already have a pasta making machine? Or do you make noodles the way they do in China - by hand!
  • stefanifaith Dec 03, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
    Loved this lens! Congratulations on Lens of the Day.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:16 pm
    Thank you so much - my son and I had such fun making it! Thanks for your visit and kind words. I am humbled.
  • acreativethinker Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:12 am
    Hi adventuretravelshop,
    These machines can be quite handy. I love making homemade ravioli, and other types of pasta when
    I have the time. My family especially enjoys my Round Lasagna recipe that I learned from my Mom, it
    is always a special treat. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on lens of the day.
    Take care and have a great day!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:26 am
    Round lasagna - now that's a new one on me. Do you mean she cuts the sheets in a round shape rather than rectangles? Or does she roll them with a stuffing as you would with Canneloni? I'd love to know. Why not make a lens about it? I'm going to make ravioli for Christmas eve. That will make a good new lens I think! Thanks for your visit and your kind comments.
  • zentao Dec 03, 2013 @ 8:31 am
    Nicely done. Looks like a really nice pasta machine and a killer recipe. Congratulations on your big win and LOTD.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:23 am
    Thank you. I am truly humbled about getting LoTD and my big win - I can't believe it!! Everyone has been so generous and kind, it's really touching.
  • magpie_feathers Dec 03, 2013 @ 8:27 am
    Congratulation...I really like the way you have added the recipe.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:22 am
    Thank you. I added it to show how simple it all is. I hope you'll have a go at making some. Let me know.
  • northerntrials Dec 03, 2013 @ 7:22 am
    I always let my pasta rest for half an hour to an hour after I mix it, before I section it to roll out. Wrapped in plastic in the fridge resting, the flour has time to fully hydrate thereby making rolling out easier. Congrats...
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:21 am
    Good idea - my dad didn't teach me to do that -but I will give it a try next time I make some and see if it makes the past even more delicious! Thanks for your visit and for your tip.
  • Max_Globe Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:40 am
    Looks absolutely delicious!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:19 am
    Thanks! Thanks for your visit and for your lovely comment!
  • StephenJParkin Dec 03, 2013 @ 6:00 am
    I have never even thought to or tried fresh pasta at home. I find it odd as we love pasta! W@ell done on the LOTD.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:16 am
    Well why not have a go! Just keep it dry and it'll be fine. Let me know if you do. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and comment - I am having a great day today, people are being so kind with their feedback.
  • esmonaco Dec 03, 2013 @ 5:03 am
    We make home made pasta as much as we can, looks like we have the same machine, Congratulations on your win. Great job and have a wonderful day.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:15 am
    Great! I love that you can find the time to do these beautifully traditional things in the kitchen. Thank you for your visit and for your kind comment.
  • Dec 03, 2013 @ 4:32 am
    This lens very very excellent. I received from here many information. I appreciate you to create by very informative lens.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:13 am
    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I really do appreciate it. I hope you will make some pasta one day. Let me know if you do.
  • little-devil Dec 03, 2013 @ 4:07 am
    I'm also Italian and proud owner of a pasta machine. Love fresh home made pasta! Great lens!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:12 am
    Hi little-devil Thank you for visiting my lens and confirming that making homemade pasta is a great thing to do. I bet you have slightly different tips to share with us? Let me know.
  • Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:34 am
    I would like to buy one machine for making pasta, thanks it's a great lens :)
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:11 am
    Great - I'm sure you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of making your own fresh pasta. It's really worth the extra effort. Thanks so much for your visit and for your kind comment.
  • MarcellaCarlton Dec 03, 2013 @ 12:20 am
    What an excellent lens! I would love to make my own pasta and your pictures very clearly show what to do for each step. Congratulations!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:09 am
    Thank you so much. I hope I showed that it's not that difficult with a pasta making machine. Although Chinese chefs don't use them, have you ever seen the amazing way they make egg noodles? Thank you so much for visiting and your kind comment.
  • sybil-watson Dec 02, 2013 @ 9:01 pm
    This looks so delicious! Congratulations on your very well-deserved win.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:13 pm
    Thank you Sybil. I wonder if you'll have a go at making fresh pasta? Let me know if you do. I am so happy to have won - incredible! Thanks for your visit and lovely comment
  • FreshStart7 Dec 02, 2013 @ 6:27 pm
    Congratulations on winning the Gift Monster Quest, adventuretravelshop.
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
    Thank you so much. I am truly blessed.
  • Graceonline Dec 02, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
    I love homemade pasta, so fresh. It just seems to absorb the sauces so well. Wonderful page, delicious looking recipe. Congratulations on winning the holiday gift lens grand prize. Well deserved!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
    Thank you Grace - I feel honored to have won and so supported by all you great squids. Let me know if you decide to have a go.
  • Susan52 Dec 02, 2013 @ 5:35 pm
    How fun! I love your background information - and your pictures. Congratulations on the well-deserved big win!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:10 pm
    Thank you Susan - I am over the moon - happy, happy, happy.
  • veryirie Dec 02, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
    I love pasta. My mother made homemade egg noodles so long ago, but I've never tried my hand at doing something like this. Your lens and the pictures are very helpful. I think if I would get one of these machines, I would get the first one you've shown. Thanks so much for your tips and your research!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:09 pm
    You're very welcome. I urge you to have a go - it's like riding a bike -you can't imagine not being able to do it once you've learned how. Let me know if you do have a go. Thanks for your visit and comment.
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Dec 02, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
    It would be wonderful to make my own pasta. Of course, it would be even more wonderful to do this in Italy. Maybe I will fly over for lessons and a few delicious meals. Congratulations on your win!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:07 pm
    Yes - now you're talking! Can I come too! Thank you for your visit and for your comment. I am very proud to have won.
  • jsr54 Dec 02, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
    I loved your honesty in this review and your results! Congrats!
  • adventuretravelshop Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:06 pm
    Thank you so much. I am delighted to have won. Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
  • favored1 Nov 19, 2013 @ 1:57 pm
    This is something I've always wanted to do, but still haven't. You made it look easy, thanks.
  • adventuretravelshop Nov 19, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
    It's something you should do when you have absolutely nothing else to do. Relax and be confident. The quantity of pasta in my recipe will be enough for 2 people even if you mess up the first ball of dough completely! So practice on the first one and you'll be an expert by dough ball two! Good luck let me know how you get on.
  • forgoodpeople Nov 19, 2013 @ 9:49 am
    I have one and I use it for my fimo creations ! But I would like to buy one for making pasta, thanks it's a great lens :)
  • adventuretravelshop Nov 19, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
    These are great pasta machines. As I say the pasta is much more delicious than the dried stuff. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.