I have to do a review of the Kitchen Aid pasta roller with spaghetti and fettuccine attachments that arrived just in time for Christmas. Santa did not have a very big list from me this year. Not sure if I am really content with my life or am just a boringly lazy individual... I am going with option one! ;) Anyways, these attachments have interested me for years. They made the perfect "What the heck" gift. I needed to channel my inner Julia Child who was a huge believer in embracing new devices for the kitchen. Well, this is about as new and crazy as I get. LOL
My first batch of egg noodles went very smooth. It makes me nervous to have such a weighty attachment hanging off my beloved Kitchen Aid. I was sure her motor would blow to pieces, but she rolled out the dough like a pro. The motor was placed on the #2 setting (which was fast enough for me), and only bogged slightly when the folded over dough was put in for a second pass. The pasta roller was positioned at #2 for the first three passes. A necessary flour dusting was given between each pass. (My dough was a tad sticky!) Then, the roller was set at #4 for the final run through. The whole process went smooth and relatively quickly; even though, I was working through an obvious learning curve. The final pass yielded some flawless dough-- very thin and even.
On to the fettuccine attachment... Once all of the strips of dough were dusted and lined up on my kitchen island, the fettuccine attachment was locked onto my Kitchen Aid. A simple lining up of the dough, a pass through the slotted rollers and I was catching sheets of egg noodles. Not all of the noodles were cut free in strips, but they fell apart easily upon drying. Okay, I am impressed with these attachments! They not only get the job done but are durable, weighty and built to last. Just as solid as my beloved hand crank machine.
To dry my egg noodles, I invested in the Kitchen Aid drying rack. The legs pull down and out like a tripod, and a twist of the top knob sends a flourish of acrylic arms to transfer the pasta onto. The unit is space friendly and could hold up to two batches of my noodles. I draped the noodles over the arms by hand, but inside the center of the rack hides a pasta wand that can be pulled out from the top. The pasta dryer is exactly what this pasta maker has wished for. Makes me wonder how I got along without it!
The Kitchen Aid pasta roller and attachments are going to be a great addition to my kitchen. They will be seeing a lot of action during the soup making season and beyond. While turning some of our left over prime rib into beef and noodles tonight, I noticed how thin the noodles were. The cooked up quickly and were just the right thickness after boiling. Even Mr. Hollow was impressed. I would say this gift was a huge success!