KitchenAid 3 Piece Pasta Roller and Cutter Set
Pros: so much better than manual pasta rollers, has a roller and fettuccini cutter, works with all Kitchenaid stand mixer models
Cons: very expensive, the spaghetti cutter is useless
My family is mostly Italian and I grew up with a strong tradition of making homemade pasta and ravioli. In fact, every December we all get together to bang out almost 1000 homemade ravioli that we then divide and have for our Christmas dinner.
Years ago before anyone bought a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, my family used a traditional manual pasta roller that required a lot of muscle to crank continuously throughout the day. Yes, it took almost a full day to roll out enough pasta to make the ravioli. These days we use the KitchenAid Pasta Roller on their stand mixer and it takes us less than 3 hours to make the same number!
This set has four pieces: a pasta roller, a fettuccine cutter, a spaghetti cutter, and a brush to clean debris from the other pieces. The suggested retail price on the KitchenAid company web site is a whopping $249.99.
These rollers/cutters attach to all of the company’s stand mixers and should be used on speed 4 for best performance. They cannot be immersed in water or washed through the dishwasher so you have to use the firm bristle brush to just wipe out any remnants of dried pasta dough that may remain in the rollers.
My family has been using these pasta rollers and cutters for over a decade now and we absolutely love them. It was such a huge relief when we discovered that you could use the pasta roller with the KitchenAid and we didn’t have to rotate in shifts at turning the handle on the manual pasta roller. We can now make the same amount of homemade Christmas ravioli in one-third of the time it used to take and possibly even less. Also the pasta roller attachment allows the process to be a one-person thing as you have both hands free to feed and catch the dough. With the manual machine, you needed someone else cranking so you could deal with the dough.
I use the pasta roller the most to make super-thin pasta dough for homemade ravioli, pappardelle, and pasta sheets for lasagna noodles. When I have extra pasta, I use the fettuccine cutter to slice it up and then I freeze it for future use. I tried the spaghetti cutter twice several years ago and was disappointed because it cut the pasta that I had kneaded and rolled thin into teeny tiny bits that pretty much disintegrated in boiling water.
I am very happy to have this 3 Piece Pasta Roller and Cutter Set though I would be happy if it was just 2 pieces. I think it is a must-have for Italian-Americans and others who want to make their own homemade pasta and ravioli but the price is kind of crazy. This is the kind of thing that you put on your bridal registry instead of actually buying yourself if you can avoid it.