What’s the best pasta maker for home use? Like in anything else its pretty much up to your standard, I love using the marcato pasta maker, the same machine which been used by my mother and grandmother.
Getting a pasta maker is the first step you’ll take in to the world of home made fresh past. If making fresh pasta is new to you, Like many people who write me with the ultimate question “I want to make fresh pasta at home, which pasta maker should I get?“, well as usual there is not just one answer. as I mention earlier I been using the marcato pasta maker 180 which is very similar to the Marcato 150 – the more popular model. Here are some of the thoughts which led me to buy the marcato pasta maker rather than other pasta machine out there.
Made in Italy
This may sound crazy, in an age where everything is manufacture in china why would one bother in getting a product made in Italy, well there are many reasons why, the first being Italian knows their pasta and been making it for many years, if you can trust an Italian with one thing it is probably pasta. The marcato pasta maker is produced by the marcato family for many generations now, Yes of course that anyone can copy what they have done, But for me knowing where my pasta is coming from and that its produced under the highest standards which had been learned throughout the years has a lot of meaning.
If you worked with a pasta maker before you know that these machines can be a bit fragile or clanky to work with, I wanted to have a machine that is from a quality that I can actually work with and that would last for many years as I’m not planing on buying a new pasta maker every year or so, The marcato pasta maker is 100% stainless steel machine, it is a bit heavier for this reason, but that’s what will give you the stability as you roll your pasta out of it.
I wanted to get a pasta machine that I’ll be able to use in different ways, first to be able to process dough in a range of thickness from very thin to very thick, and since the The marcato pasta maker has 9 thickness level setup I knew that this is the type of machine that is right for me. you’ll see when you run it through this pasta maker, you first start with a thicker size 6 or so, then you do a second run on a lower thickens size like 4, then if you want a very thin pasta you can run it again on size 3 or 2.
Another thing that I found very impressing about the The marcato pasta maker is the versatility of its knifes, it comes with a standard fettuccine and spaghetti cutter, though you can get a variety of many different knifes to work with it, so you are not limited to one type of cut like in other pasta makers.
So to sum it up I put up this “Before you buy a pasta maker check list“, if you have a question that is not on the list, please feel free to add it to the comments on this page.
- How often you plan on using your pasta maker?
Having a general idea of how often you’ll use the pasta maker will help you make a better decision on which pasta maker is the best for you. If you think that you’ll use the pasta maker once every 4-6 months, it’s prob’ the best that you’ll get a simple machine rather than and electronic pasta maker that is more expensive. if on the other hand you are a once a week type of a person when it comes to pasta making, you should consider getting a machine that will suite your pasta needs, perhaps even one that works as a mixer attachment.
- How many mouth you have to feed?
When you get a new pasta maker, you should take into consideration the amount of pasta you plan on producing with it, if you have 12 mouths to feed you will need to go through a lot of pasta and you’ll want to have a machine that is easy to work with and fast, perhaps even an electric pasta machine. Or if you only plan to make pasta for yourself (nothing wrong with indulging on some fresh pasta when you are lonely :)) a simple and solid pasta maker like the marcato will work great
- How much are you looking to spend?
You can get a cheap pasta maker for around $50 but I would advice you to consider adding a bit to it to get a machine in a decent quality, there are many models who range between $70-$100 and that are great for home use, or may I even say a mid-professional use. of course that you can always spend more when it comes to pasta makers, get an electric one or add additional knives to it. One of the great thing about the marcato pasta maker is that it is very affordable and is one of the best pasta makers out there, which makes it also a great gift when you consider “Giving the gift of pasta making“
- Do you have a mixer?
Many mixers, like the famous KitchenAid, comes with pasta maker hooks, so if you already have a mixer or if you are considering on getting one, you most likely want to take an advantage of what you have already, adding a few attachment to it will make your life in pasta land much easier and will give you a state of the art pasta making machine (with a mixer!)
- Do you need an electric pasta maker?
Making fresh pasta can be a bit labor intense at times, if you know yourself as someone who enjoy fresh pasta but could use some electric power perhaps you should consider getting and electric pasta machine that will do the some of the work for you. or if you don’t mind the exercise that comes with making fresh pasta on a manual paste, you most likely be happy with a regular pasta maker.
- Variety and shape?
How many shapes – sizes of pasta you’ll like to be able to cut is a crucial question when it comes to buying a pasta machine, you want to make sure that the machine you get support all the different pasta cuts from angel hair spaghetti to fettuccine, you want your pasta maker to come already with the basic cuts and you want to be able to extend it with attachment of different blades, one machine that I find to be most versatile is that sense is the marcato pasta maker, which enable you to grow with it as you move on with your pasta skills and even add a motor to it at some day when you get old with it
So what is the best pasta maker?
If I had to pick one model it will most likely be the marcato pasta maker 150 or its big brother the marcato pasta maker 180, but as you can see from the list above, this may be the best pasta maker for me, but is it the best pasta maker for you? add your comment bellow and let me know..