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 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Fernanda Liked but having problems with fusilli.
I bought the past press this week and came with the rigatoni plate broken. I called KitchenAid and they take care of the problem immediately. Thumbs up to customer service. I'll receive a new plate by mail. But the reason i'm not completely satisfied is because I cannot get a fusilli right. It comes strait and not on the shape of a fusilli, I'm not sure if I have to make a very stiff dough or let it dry a little before the extrusion or if the problem is on the fusilli plate. I would love to hear some tips and tricks about making the fusilli. Today I did the large macarroni and it turned out great. Really like it but I want to love it!!
July 24, 2015
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 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ed So cool!
We had been "eyeing" this pasta maker attachment (Gourmet Pasta Press, Model# KPEXTA) for our KitchenAid mixer for years! We are So glad we finally bought one...why we waited is beyond me! It is so easy to use, and cleanup is a snap. But best of all, having fresh pasta is incredible!
June 7, 2015
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 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MikeF A Great Tool for making Fresh Pasta
I bought this a couple of months back after looking at it carefully for a while. Probably like everyone that makes fresh pasta I am amazed at the taste of fresh pasta and how really easy it is to make. This press is unique. It is very easy to use. It allows a beginner like me to make a variety of very usable shapes easily. Like most tools it takes a bit to get in to a rhythm, but certainly not hard. It's just a matter of keeping the pasta well dusted when it comes out of the press so that it doesn't stick together. If you get that right everything else is easy. A couple of minutes for fresh pasta to cook and the flavor spoils you. If you are interested in making your own pasta, this versatile tool is well worth having.
December 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Priscilla Delighted with this product!
I posted a few days ago about using my extruder. I finally figured out what I was doing and it works beautifully. After doing some research I realized I probably used a recipe that was too sticky for macaroni. I found several recipes online, all different. Long story short, practice with different recipes, the dryer the dough the better, but not crumbly type of dough. I had used a recipe with olive oil added and that's what made it so sticky. Even after kneading several times to add more flour it was still too sticky. I refrigerated for several hours and it extruded perfectly. My macaroni stuck together, but I think with some additional practice I will get this right. Love the spaghetti the extruder makes, so practice makes perfect!
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Martin1227 Worked great.
I bought this last week to make macaroni for homemade mac and cheese. I whipped a batch of dough in the mixer, which is so much easier than using a hand mixer with dough hooks. Then a quick attachment of the pasta press. I rolled little balls of dough and fed them in. Soon nice little strands of macaroni were feeding out of the bottom. I found the letting them feed out just a little longer than you would get from a package minimized sticking together. I find home made noodles are so much tastier than store bought. And you know what went in to them. This is an adult play doh factory, and caution should be taken that too much fun cooking is not had.
September 3, 2014