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Nov 11, 2006 04:08 AM

Question about this pasta machine...........

Does the pasta machine I listed about roll sheets or just the linguine? Beacuse im look for a machine to help me roll thin sheets so I can make ravioli

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  1. Yes. The way pasta machines are designed is one side kneads and then rolls out a sheet of dough. When you've done that, you feed the sheet of dough into the other side and it cuts it as you see in the illustration. But if you don't run the dough through the cutting rollers you've got a sheet about 4" wide that you can use to form raviloi.

    If you look very carefully at the illustration you can almost see the kneading rollers lower and behind the cutting rollers.

    But can I suggest — if you haven't bought this machine yet and you have a KitchenAid mixer — that you get the automated roller accessory. Soooooo much easier when the motor keeps the rolling heads going at a smooth pace while you use both your hands for feeding dough in and moving exiting dough.

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    1. re: rainey

      I have the pasta set for my KA and the roller does a fine job, but the cutters don't--they're too widely spaced, so if you roll the pasta to #4 or #5 (the thinnest setting is #8 which you can literally read through) it just goes straight through the cutters and doesn't get cut. Has anyone else had this problem, or is my set defective? The spacing on the cutters isn't adjustable for different thicknesses of pasta.

      1. re: rootlesscosmo

        Have you written that on Chowhound before? I ask because I definitely read the same thing before somewhere. But I haven't had that problem. I see you realize you don't go all the way down but to maybe 5 before you roll it through the cutters. I had excellent results when I followed the directions that came with mine.

        Perhaps if you want the really thin pasta you'll also want to see if you can find or make a guitar (the name of a low tech manual pasta cutter) to do the cutting.

        1. re: rainey

          I may have posted about this problem before--it's the only criticism I've ever had of the KA stand mixer which otherwise I'm a great fan of. After reading this thread I emailed KA with a cry for help; we'll see what they suggest. Yes, a guitar might be the simplest solution.

    2. I thought about getting the kitchen aid, so thats really the way to go huh. Does that also make linguine and other pasta or just helps you make the sheets cause that really what im looking to do.

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      1. re: Caserta44

        You mean you *have* a KA and were thinking of the pasta roller attachment? I recently got it and I *love* it. At about $145 it's pricey but makes forming your pasta a breeze.

        If you don't already have the KA that's a *great* tool to have but you'd be talking $500 pasta by the time you got the mixer and accessory. =o

        1. re: Caserta44

          Forgot to say that the KA pasta set has three roller heads that you attach to the motor individually. One has the variable kneading head that first kneads and then rolls thinner and thinner and the other two cut the sheets into linguini and fettucini.

          KA also makes a ravioli roller. I haven't seen it in operation but I can't even imagine the amount of coordination it takes to roll through 2 sheets of pasta and bits of filling as it rolls!

          I think one of those cheap aluminum plaques that lets one sheet of pasta relax into a grid and then seals and cuts when you've made your ravioli "sandwich" and apply pressure with a rolling pin would be the way to go. Or even a rolling crimper. Both won't go faster than you want them to.

          1. re: rainey

            I read about the ravioli attachment KA makes and I hear its very dissapointing. I already have a ravioli rolling pin that my mother gave me and I have made ravioli before but my mother always made the sheets.

            And no I dont have a KA but your recomandations has deffinatley made me realize how much I need one

        2. If you don't have a Kitchen Aid mixer, you could try to find out if there is a motor attachment for the machine you are asking about. I also notice that there is a ravioli attachment offered for this machine. I don't know how that works.

          1. I have this pasta machine, or one very similar. It works perfectly to roll sheets of pasta so you'll be able to do ravioli easily. I also have the ravioli maker which comes with the machine which has never been used in over 25 years. I just find it too cumbersome. Making the ravioli by hand by laying out the sheets of pasta, dotting the fillings and topping with a second sheet is far neater and just as quick.

            I also have the Kitchenaid pasta attachment, the rollers that produce the same thin sheets plus cutters. It's very convenient and easy to use. I can get pasta like linguine from scratch to finished in under 15 minutes with this. With the hand-cranked model, it's about 30-40 minutes.

            If you're looking for a quick and inexpensive way to make ravioli, go with the hand-cranked machine. It has a number of accessories you can buy if you want to make other kinds of pasta - lasagna, thick spaghetti, trenette etc. I got the motor attachment for my mother who liked it a lot. I don't find it hard to crank the machine by hand so never bothered with the motor for myself.

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            1. re: cheryl_h

              How thin do you roll the pasta before putting it through the cutters? My cutters won't work on pasta rolled out to #4 or #5--it just passes through untouched, or barely scored but not cut. Do I have a defective set? I love the roller but the cutters are useless.

              1. re: rootlesscosmo

                I've used the cutters on pasta rolled to #6. I haven't tried using them on thinner settings. Can you check the alignment of your cutters? The two sets of rollers are indented just a hair, so I think it would be impossible for anything to pass through uncut. Or do you think your cutters have blunted edges?

                Call KA's customer service line with your problem. I've found them to be very helpful. They sent me a replacement part for my ice-cream maker when I had a problem. I would be annoyed if I couldn't cut fine tagliatelle.

            2. if you are using a KA set they must be defective as I set my rollers to 7 or 8 and it still cuts perfectly.