Yes, that's right. KitchenAid now has an attachment for their mixers that lets us make shaped pasta at home. We're talking fresh spaghetti, fusilli, and rigatoni, folks. We couldn't believe it when we saw it either! We don't know about you, but we're nursing a pretty serious crush on this one.
This attachment is technically a pasta extruder. It works like those old Play-Doh Spaghetti Factory play sets: fresh pasta dough gets put into a hopper and then pressed out through plates. The noodles are cut when they get to the desired length.
The KitchenAid attachment actually comes with six different plates for making six different pasta shapes. You can make regular spaghetti, bucatini (hollow spaghetti), large or small macaroni, fusilli, and rigatoni. It looks like the hopper is made of plastic, but the plates themselves are metal.
This is the first pasta maker or attachment we've seen that lets us make shaped pasta at home. We absolutely love our KitchenAid pasta roller attachment - not to mention KitchenAid in general - so we have high hopes for this attachment. We'll be saving our pennies starting right now!
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What do you think about this attachment? Has anyone had a chance to try it?
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