Rated 4 out of 5 by Mands Easy to use
The downsides are that it is a bit tedious to clean, some pasta accumulates on the cutting blade after it is pulled back (although that may be a user error), and the dough extracted will stick together unless carefully removed before being laid to dry. The upsides are that it is much easier to use than I anticipated, the dough did not stick and I had a lot of pasta in very little time. I look forward to using it again.
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LucyK6 Beginners luck??
I just got my KitchenAid mixer for Christmas along with the pasta press. This afternoon was the debut for spaghetti. I couldn't have been more pleased with the finished product. I was a little worried that the dough was too dry, but just kneaded it together like the recipe said, and it worked just great. The noodles weren't dry or sticky. I also didn't have any problems cleaning the press. The left over dough was quite elastic and came right out of all the parts.
I hadn't read any reviews until after my project was complete, and was surprised that others had encountered problems. Perhaps it was just beginners luck! I do know that the kind of flour you use can create differences and also humidity can affect many recipes.
January 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by em4lam The pasta is inedible after processing through the appliance.
First of all, I had to find a pasta recipe that actually worked and came together properly. The basic egg recipe that was printed is wrong and I had to throw it out. Pasta recipes that are not weighed really are not accurate and inconsistent.
Once I had my dough made, the actual process of assembly went well.
However, it took an enormous amount of machine energy to process the dough through. I had to use a speed of 8 to get the dough pushed through, and even at that speed it took a really long time. I thought I was going to burn out my KitchenAide. Never mind the electricity I had to draw.
The cutting process was okay, but if you didn't do it fast enough the holes started
closing over and the rigatoni would stick to one another.
But the final result was the worst textured pasta I had ever eaten. The taste was great, but the pasta itself was hard and tough despite normal cooking time.
Needless to say, I'll be bringing the product back, since I'll never use it again.
March 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Osomom1 Wonderful concept, poor results
I have been making most of my own pasta for quite a long time with the Kitchenaid pasta set. However, it is limited to long, flat pastas. When I received this attachment I felt like I'd won the lottery. Aside from amusing, very easily, I love homemade pasta and it's fun to make. This attachment appeared to be a virtual amusement park of pasta making. The first time I used it, I made the pasta from the recipe that came with it, and the dough looked and felt, perfect. After making a mountain of pasta, in every size and shape, available to me, I then went for the ultimate test, one shape at a time, flavor. I, very quickly, became aware that it really can't be cooked long enough to even get to a passable al dente, as it remained tough and chewy throughout the cooking process. Hoping against hope that it was the dough recipe, I used my own, tried and true pasta recipe and started, all over again. The results were the same, so consequently, I have never been able to use any of the pasta made from this attachment. The concept of this is fabulous, but worthless, if it doesn't produce edible pasta. I want, so badly, to be able to use it and if there is a solution, I would love to know what it is.
July 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by JetDoctor1 Needs more design & testing
While the idea is great, the real life design leaves a lot to be desired. I bought this for my birthday last weekend. After trying three different times to use this, I came to the following conclusions:
1. The dies are almost all too close together allowing the pasta to touch and stick to each other during the extruding process.
2. The design of the dies is such that all of the hollow pastas are too thick.
3. Unless you physically stop after each cut of pasta & re-position the pasta, its stacks upon and sticks to and collapses upon each other.
4. The unit is an absolute nightmare to clean. The dies can take 10 minutes apiece to extract all of the dough from inside the passages.
This might be a good product with some additional engineering and a lot more in-home testing, but, as it is currently - no thanks ! Mine went back to the store after less than a week.
December 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gee9ine Very happy and pleasantly surprised.
I received this for Christmas. I had a hand crank pasta maker but wanted to make rigatoni. I read the reviews and just groaned, thinking that this was a going to be a dud. I watched a video on You Tube by a guy named Ben Starr, he used pumpkin and salt. I decided to try it anyway with a plain recipe of flour and eggs. ( needed a tad bit of water because it is dry today) . This was by far the best pasta that we have ever had. My husband and dad are thrilled and I will never purchase box pasta again!! So more research before you discount this attachment. It is great!
December 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Scott44 Pasta making simplified
Compared to the KitchenAid pasta roller, this is much easier. More plug and play. Made well received spaghetti and I was pressing out pasta after taking about 5 minutes to mix and knead the dough, which is great. Cleaning is pain, and time consuming.
January 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by CaseyVW Couldn't even get started!
Bought it, not checking the contents of the box. (idiot!).
Got it home and the wire had snapped. Cant see how to replace it and dont want to use a knife instead.
Waste of money. Poor quality.
February 23, 2014