The Iconic Compact Pasta Maker That Made Our Best List Is 40% Off Right Now
Like many of the most basic recipes (I’m looking at you, French omelette), handmade pasta requires only a handful of ingredients but can be incredibly hard to master. And while there are tons of recipes for making pasta dough from scratch or by using additional attachments, they all require a little (or a lot!) of effort from you. But we know of a machine that does all the hard work of making fresh pasta from start to finish, while keeping your countertops spick-and-span: The compact Philips Pasta Maker for Two, which is currently on sale for $180 (normally $300) at Williams Sonoma. The iconic larger version of the machine made our list of the best electric and manual pasta makers for home cooks, and this smaller model has pretty much all of the same features but takes up much less space.
The mini pasta maker includes discs to make spaghetti, penne, and fettuccine. To prepare the dough, simply add measured flour, water, and eggs to the mixing chamber, and pick your preferred pasta disc. The machine then automatically kneads the dough, extruding two to three servings of pasta in just 18 minutes. Doing that by hand can sometimes take up to an hour when you factor in mixing, kneading, resting, rolling, and cutting!
You also have the flexibility to experiment with exciting flavors by adding herbs or veggies. And if you’re looking for a little inspiration, the set also includes a handy cookbook brimming with recipes for more than 15 types of dough and 10 dishes. Plus, unlike other pasta makers and attachments, the Philips model uses the extruding technique, which forces the pasta through metal discs, giving it a shaggy, sauce-grabbing edge. This is especially great if you like using the starchy water from the boiled pasta to thicken your sauces.
Another benefit of the compact pasta maker is that it won’t take over your countertop. It’s about the size of a small Nespresso machine, and measures only 5.5-inches wide, 10¾-inches tall, and 13.5-inches deep, so it can be easily tucked away when not in use. And when it comes to cleaning, simply disassemble the parts and pop them in the dishwasher.
If you’ve ever considered adding a pasta machine to your list of appliances, this sale is the perfect excuse. And let’s face it, nothing tastes better than a bowl of fresh pasta that was made without an ounce of extra effort from you!
Buy: Philips Compact Pasta Maker for Two, $180 (normally $300)