March 18, 2012

Pasta Machine & Ravioli Maker

A few months ago I made ravioli for the first time, and I immediately wanted to puchase a pasta machine.  I researched reviews on Amazon and decided on the Marcato Atlas Pasta Maker.  I watched the price changes on Camel, Camel, Camel and just recently pulled the trigger.


I tried it today for the first time and I'm already in love.  For my first attempt, I even used a traditional Italian pasta dough recipe (500 grams flour, 5 eggs) instead of adding water as Americans like to do.  As I was kneading together the flour and eggs, it seemed way too dry but eventually it did form a really nice dough.


I also added a Norpro Ravioli Maker and Press to my Amazon order, and I'm so glad I did because it really simplifies the process of making ravioli. 



It seems like something that would be easy to use, and it is, but I had to watch a YouTube video to figure out how to use it. Right around the 3 minute mark is where I think the video becomes most helpful.  I promise these two kids in the video know what they're doing.



I used the same filling and sauce as the last time I made ravioli, which is a spinach & three cheese filling with garlic butter sauce.  It was just as delicious as I remembered.



I was anxious to try the two cutters on the pasta machine too, so I made a batch of spaghetti and fettuccine as well.  The pasta maker greatly speeds up the process of making fresh pasta, however the entire process is definitely still somewhat time consuming and best left for weekend meals. 


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