KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller Attachment for Stand Mixers
If you have ever tasted fresh pasta you know there is no comparison with the dried, boxed pastas you get on the shelf at the store. Fresh pasta has a fuller flavor and more bite to it. If you’ve never tried fresh pasta you should… But beware, after you’ve tried fresh, the boxed stuff will taste like cardboard to you!
KitchenAid has a solution. The KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter attachments make having fresh pasta easy! It’s a stainless steel set of three attachments. The Roller rolls out the dough (as thin as angel hair if you like). The Fettuccine Cutter allows you to cut a wider noodle. The Linguine Cutter gives you a narrower noodle. If you wanted to made spaghetti or macaroni you would need the extruder attachment. But, think of all the possibilities with just this set of attachments; Lasagne, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Angel Hair Pasta, Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo…mmmmm! Specialty pastas like egg-less Spinach pasta or herbed pastas can be ready in less time than it takes to run to the store. The roller can be used to make beautiful, thin pizza crusts or homemade tortillas too.
- These attachments will work with any of the KitchenAid models.
- They come with a brush to clean the attachments and a book with recipes and tips for using them.
- Your hands are free to guide the dough. A manual pasta maker may be cheaper, but it’s a lot of work to crank the machine by hand. The Kitchenaid attachments make it easy, and leave you free to hold the dough going in and coming out, which you can’t do with a manual crank-type machine.
- Versatility-You can make pasta the way you want it and aren’t subject to what’s available at the store. And, if you are on a special diet…egg-less is an option.
- They come with a 1-year warranty.
- Some people have stated that they wished the roller was wider than 9-inches so they could make larger sheets of pasta. I guess if I wanted to make a large pizza I might want it wider, but I enjoy making smaller pizzas and having different toppings on each one.
- The attachments cannot be put in the dishwasher. The brush that comes with them makes the clean-up pretty easy though.
The pasta you make can be used fresh (only 3-4 minutes to cook), frozen, or dried (to use at another time). Pasta basically has 3 ingredients; flour, salt, and eggs. Semolina flour is often used because it makes a more pliable dough. Salt gives it flavor. Eggs bind it together. If eggs are a problem, olive oil can be used. If the pasta is going to be dried, water can be used. Just so you can see how easy it is; Here’s a good recipe for
- 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil (very fine)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
You should use a food processor to chop the basil finely, then you can add in the flour to mix the two together well. Put all the ingredients in the bowl of your mixer. Using the paddle attachment mix until a ball forms. Then switch to the dough hook and knead for 2 minutes. If the dough seems stiff you may want to add another tablespoon or 2 of water. You want the dough to be flexible. Cover the dough with a light coating of olive oil, or use plastic wrap, and let the dough rest for 15 minutes so the gluten can relax. Form the dough into 2 or 3 rectangles. Be sure to cover the dough that you’re not working with with plastic wrap or damp towel so it doesn’t dry out. Run the rectangles through the roller until you have the desired thickness, then cut the sheets using the Fetttuccine cutter. Let dry while you bring the water to a boil. Boil 3 minutes and enjoy! Easy, huh!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my review! Here is a review by another Kitchenaid customer;
I decided to purchase this attachment instead of the other Kitchenaid pasta attachment (plates + food grinder) because I wanted to be able to make any kind of pasta: spinach, semolina, whole wheat, egg-free etc, and not be confined to a small number of recipes that were sure to work well with the plates. It has worked like a charm. Even the egg-free spinach pasta, which was very dry and crumbly to start, came out perfect.