Rated 2 out of 5 by em4lam The pasta is inedible after processing through the appliance
First of all, I had to find a pasta recipe that actually worked and came together properly. The basic egg recipe that was printed is wrong and I had to throw it out. Pasta recipes that are not weighed really are not accurate and inconsistent. Once I had my dough made, the actual process of assembly went well. However, it took an enormous amount of machine energy to process the dough through. I had to use a speed of 8 to get the dough pushed through, and even at that speed it took a really long time. I thought I was going to burn out my KitchenAide. Never mind the electricity I had to draw. The cutting process was okay, but if you didn't do it fast enough the holes started closing over and the rigatoni would stick to one another. But the final result was the worst textured pasta I had ever eaten. The taste was great, but the pasta itself was hard and tough despite normal cooking time. Needless to say, I'll be bringing the product back, since I'll never use it again.
March 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JetDoctor1 Needs more design & testing
While the idea is great, the real life design leaves a lot to be desired. I bought this for my birthday last weekend. After trying three different times to use this, I came to the following conclusions: 1. The dies are almost all too close together allowing the pasta to touch and stick to each other during the extruding process. 2. The design of the dies is such that all of the hollow pastas are too thick. 3. Unless you physically stop after each cut of pasta & re-position the pasta, its stacks upon and sticks to and collapses upon each other. 4. The unit is an absolute nightmare to clean. The dies can take 10 minutes apiece to extract all of the dough from inside the passages. This might be a good product with some additional engineering and a lot more in-home testing, but, as it is currently - no thanks ! Mine went back to the store after less than a week.
December 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by rds20003 Good so far
Once I trusted my experience and instinct and quit trying to get the KitchenAid recipes to work everything went fine. Of course the overly dry kindergarten paste that their basic egg pastor recipe makes gummed up the bucatini dye so bad it required surgery to correct. If you use their recipe add another egg, a generous teaspoon of oil and another tablespoon of water.
May 1, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Osomom1 Wonderful concept, poor results
I have been making most of my own pasta for quite a long time with the Kitchenaid pasta set. However, it is limited to long, flat pastas. When I received this attachment I felt like I'd won the lottery. Aside from amusing, very easily, I love homemade pasta and it's fun to make. This attachment appeared to be a virtual amusement park of pasta making. The first time I used it, I made the pasta from the recipe that came with it, and the dough looked and felt, perfect. After making a mountain of pasta, in every size and shape, available to me, I then went for the ultimate test, one shape at a time, flavor. I, very quickly, became aware that it really can't be cooked long enough to even get to a passable al dente, as it remained tough and chewy throughout the cooking process. Hoping against hope that it was the dough recipe, I used my own, tried and true pasta recipe and started, all over again. The results were the same, so consequently, I have never been able to use any of the pasta made from this attachment. The concept of this is fabulous, but worthless, if it doesn't produce edible pasta. I want, so badly, to be able to use it and if there is a solution, I would love to know what it is.
July 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kurbycar32 You have to make it right, no flat noodles
Many of the complaints here involve the dough not working correctly with the press which is a recepie problem. Once you figure out a recepie that works for you this device works as designed and is pretty simple. My main complaint is that there are no flat noodle options like fettuccine and I have yet to see pressing plates other than what comes with the product.
March 25, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dan A waste of time
The attachment was a big disappointment. I have tried several dies for different shapes, some where alright and others were not. The fusilli extruded the dough flat, not the spiral shape they are supposed to be. I was concerned with using the extruder, because my mixer would get too hot. I made an appointment with my local William Sonoma with one of their product people. He was very helpful, but had some similar issues. His fusilli did not twist either. I have made fresh pasta for over 30 years, but this was my introduction to shaped pasta, I am disappointed.
March 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Greg No Spaghetti Plate
Just got my pasta press and I did not get a spaghetti plate. i got 2 Fusilli plates however. Please send me a spaghetti plate or instructions on how to get another one.
April 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Barb Not worth the $ or time
My son gave me this for Christmas and I was thrilled....until I used it! Used the recipe for the pasta dough..was not happy. Then when I cleaned it it, was a disaster. The designers did not take the time to make pasta and clean. The plates should come apart for easy clean up. So want to return this but my son can't find the receipt. I have tried this out with different plates and it is always the same. What a shame!
March 2, 2016