Electric pasta maker is great for lots of dishes

Pasta makers come in different brands and types that vary in size, shape, price, functionality, and overall performance. A pasta maker can either be manual or electric; some can work both ways. Although seasoned folks prefer using manual pasta machines, electric pasta makers are quickly gaining popularity because they do (almost) everything for you especially if you’re new to making pasta. This makes electric pasta makers great for lots of pasta dishes. There’s also a slight difference between electric pasta makers and fully automatic pasta makers… but we will get to that later on as we go deeper into the topic. So what makes an electric pasta maker so special? And how do they come in handy when preparing various pasta dishes?

#1: Easy to Use — Easy Mixing, Easy Rolling, Easy Cutting

This is an advantage for both veteran home pasta makers and beginners as well. Powered by an electric motor, electric pasta machines simplify dough rolling and cutting to kindergarten play. Easy peasy lemony squeezy! Using an average electric pasta maker still requires you to mix and knead the dough manually. The electric pasta machine then helps you with the rolling and cutting. All you have to do is place your small piece of square -shaped, hand -patted, flat dough between the rollers and slowly work it through using both hands.

You can work on the dough while adjusting the thickness until you achieve the desired size of pasta. From there, you can effortlessly run the ready dough through the cutter to get the strands of pasta you want or you can push the dough out through an electric pasta extruder. As many home pasta makers will tell you, rolling the dough with a pin and cutting it to even strips is not an easy thing to do by hand.

An electric pasta maker like the Lello (2730) Pro runs on a 300 watt motor to automatically mix the dough for you (up to 3lbs in 30 minutes flat!), and also extrude the finished dough as linguine, spaghetti, maccheroni, fettuccine, lasagna, bucatini and angel hair! This gives you the opportunity to decorate your dining table with different pasta dishes every time you feel like eating pasta. Another automatic pasta machine that comes highly recommended is definitely the Phillips HR2357. Despite a similarity in mode of operation and service elivery between the Lello and the Phillips, the Phillip appears to be way ahead in terms of performance and reliability. Furthermore, the Phillips (2357) offers more pasta options such as pappardelle and tagliatelle in addition to all the options you can get with the Lello. One more thing you should probably also know about electric pasta machines with automatic mixers is that they give you the opportunity to play around with the ingredients you can include in your pasta recipes. You can go wild with herbs and veggies as much or as little as you want. The possibilities are virtually endless.

#2: Consistent Results and Reliability

Daily preparation of homemade pasta is almost an impossible feat for the average person to pull off without the help of a pasta machine. Consistency is also another major issue especially for those who are still new to making pasta from home. However, all this can be made possible by investing in a good pasta maker. Most electric pasta machines come with amazing recipes that are easy to replicate day in day out and the resulting pasta is (almost) always the same. The advantage of a well built pasta maker is that it can endure constant abuse even when used on a daily basis! And that’s without faltering in performance. Please note that many people just starting out on making pasta from home cannot produce the same quality dough even if they made two dough batches in immediate succession. However, a fully automatic pasta maker with a mixer can produce hundreds of batches of the same quality dough.

#3: Availability of Cool Accessories

Although pasta makers like the Phillips HR2357/05 come fully loaded with a mixer and an extruder to make things kindergarten easy for you, some of them like KitchenAid require you to purchase a separate stand mixer and 3 different head attachments for tagliatelle, flat -sheet pasta and linguine. However, you can avoid all this hustle by getting the KitchenAid KPEXTA extruder attachment that has 6 pasta shaping discs (plates) to help you expand the creativity on your pasta creations.

You have a choice of up to 8 pasta shaping discs (dies) for different pastas with the Phillips and the Magic Mill DeLonghi pasta makers. The Magic Mill DeLonghi pasta shaping dies give you options for linguine, ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine, biscuit, and macaroni. The Phillips pasta maker gives you options like spaghetti, angel hair, tagliatelle, pappardelle, lasagna, and penne. It also has a small drawer where you can store all your shaping discs.

The Marcato Atlas Wellness pasta machine on the other hand is bought separately from the 2 -speed motor.

This makes it easy to replace the electric part only if it breaks down. You can also continue using the pasta machine manually as you wait for your replacement motor to be delivered! This is more of a “hybrid” pasta maker since it can deliver the best of both worlds. More accessories include cleaning brushes, measuring cups, pasta cutters, and ravioli stamps.

#4: Faster Preparation

As mentioned earlier, rolling pasta dough is not a walk in the park! You have to go a few rounds with a rolling pin to get the precise pasta thickness you’re going and this is not even guaranteed. Plus, it takes a century to cut the pasta to precision especially if you’re making a big family -size batch at once; or different batches of differently shaped pasta. Automatic electric pasta makers take a lot of the pasta making process off your hands leaving you with more time to concentrate on the sauce or soup. You can use most of these automatic pasta makers to prepare your pasta from start to finish by simply pressing a few buttons. Better yet, you can prepare a complete pasta dish from scratch in less than an hour if you know what you’re doing. For instance, the Imperial pasta maker can make up to 12 different types of pasta from a pound and a half of dough in 10 minutes.

#5: Extra Useful Features

Some pasta makers can do more than just make pasta. For instance, the Ronco Popeil P400 and the USEFUL pasta makers can be used to makes delicious sausages to go with your fresh pasta or for any other meal. As briefly pointed out earlier, the Magic Mill DeLonghi also helps you produce nicely shaped biscuits. The Imperial pasta machine mentioned above can also do pretzels, cookies, bread sticks and bagels.

Summary of Electric Pasta Makers Benefits

  • *Consistent results
  • *Easy to use
  • *A wide variety of pasta options and shapes
  • *Fast pasta preparation which saves you time
  • *Versatility
  • *Relatively cheap

Conclusion

To conclude this topic on electric pasta makers, it is safe to say that electric pasta machines are the perfect investment for people who want to enjoy fresh pasta rather than buy pasta stuffed full of preservatives from the store. Another thing that makes electric pasta makers such amazing gadgets is the fact that you can practically prepare any type of pasta you can think of depending on the features or functionalities or accessories available with your electric pasta maker of choice. This basically means you can mix it up or match it up whichever way you want. By this I mean you can have one “mix -crate” plate of pasta with all sorts of differently shaped pasta and in varied lengths too. The possibilities and combinations are only limited by your own creativity. These wonderful appliances make everything look and feel quite easy. Pasta experts (and sometimes keen beginners) making their own pasta from home can use these brilliant machines to make fresh pasta dishes in less than an hour. Most of these pasta makers are driven by 200 watt motors, which means they can produce batches of pasta faster than the average person doing everything by hand. Electric pasta makers are reliable and consistent when it comes to mixing dough, rolling it or cutting it to desired shapes and sizes. Get yourself a pasta maker today and change your pasta eating experience forever!

Pasta Maker Features What To Look For

Making pasta is a precise art. Well, it’s one of those culinary skills that many people want to practice from the comfort of their home kitchens or wish they could; but never really get the opportunity to because:

(1) they might not know how to go about it,

(2) they may not have the right tools for it…. in this case, a pasta maker, and lastly,

(3) they may not have the time. Continue reading

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When preparing pasta, it is only ideal that you maintain the Italian style. In this article, we have compiled 10 of the best and complete Italian pasta recipes, from, of course, Italy. Included as well are major techniques you should know in order to prepare a delicious meal. In case you aren’t privy with the trick to preparing authentic spaghetti carbonara, read on and you might become an expert today! Continue reading

Thai Spicy Pork Salad (Laab Moo) Recipe

Laab moo, or spicy pork salad, is a spicy issan favourite. Popular all over Thailand, it is usually eaten with sticky rice or other issan favourites such as som tam.

Although called a salad, there isn’t much “green” stuff in it. In this recipe I have used minced pork, but you could use minced chicken or beef.

This recipe is supposed to be spicy, so don’t be shy with the chillies!

Thai Spicy Pork Salad (Laab Moo) Ingredients

Thai Spicy Pork Salad (Laab Moo) Ingredients

  • Serves 2
  • 300g minced pork
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1/8 cup of roasted rice
  • 1 Thai parsley
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed dried chilli
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 4 red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon of stock granules

Thai Spicy Pork Salad (Laab Moo) Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Heat a pan, and pour in the rice. Keep stirring the rice around the pan until it takes on a light brown colour

Step 2: Slice the spring onion and red onion

Step 3: Remove the chilli storks, and make a vertical incision in each chilli

Step 4: Crush the roasted rice – if you have a mortar and pestle, perfect! If not, a hammer will do the job

Step 5: Sieve the rice so that only the finest granules make it into the dish

Step 6: Heat a pan, and pour in the minced pork. Stir thoroughly until the pork has cooked, but be sure not to over cook it. It should have a white-grey colour. When it’s nearly cooked, add the stock granules.

Step 7: Pour the cooked pork into a bowel, and add the chillies, red onions, spring onions, mint, and parsley. Mix Throroughly

Step 8: Now add the crushed roasted rice, crushed chillies, lime juice, and fish sauce, and mix together. It’s ready to serve

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Recipe

Som Tam is a spicy Thai salad made from papaya. The papaya should be unripened and white inside. The dish combines 4 tastes – spice from the chillie, sweetness from the sugar, salt from the fish sauce, and sour from the lime.

This spicy papaya salad is a great snack, or side dish. Again its very healthy and meat free. Its usual in thailand for the customer to choose and add the ingredients themselves to suit their tastes, so why not play around the type and quantity of ingredients listed below until you find your ideal combination.

This dish is very quick to prepare, although it can be tricky finding the raw papaya.

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Ingredients

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Ingredients

  • Serves 2
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of crushed peanut
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon OR lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped green beans
  • 5 bird eye chillies
  • 1/2 green papaya

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Peel the skin off the papaya, then wash thoroughly. Now grate the papaya

Step 2: Chop the tomatoes and garlic, and add to a large bowl (or mortar and pestle if you have one) Then slice the chillies length ways to open them up. Add to the bowl

Step 3: Slice and crush the green beans and add to the bowl

Step 4: Now add the shredded papaya, fish sauce, crushed peanuts, lemon juice and sugar. Mix everything together thoroughly

Step 5: If you dont have a mortar and pestle, use a spoon to mix everything, and make sure you crush the chillis to get the spice released. Do the same with all the ingredients.

Step 6: Once everything has been thoroughly mixed, you can serve and eat.

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Cooking Instructions

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Cooking Instructions

Thai Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) Cooking Instructions