If you already have a standing KitchenAid mixer at home, it's likely you will probably want to do plenty with it. That's why KitchenAid has developed a series of add-ons for their mixer. As such there’s an accessory range which aims to broaden your culinary scope. In this review, we're going to be taking a close look at pasta making with your mixer and add-ons.
Unlike some of our other reviews, we're going to be looking at two devices in one article as they both aid in making pasta, albeit, different kinds. These add-ons are the KSMPRA pasta roller and cutter, and the KSMPEXTA pasta press. One, as you'd expect, presses and cuts dough, while the other pushes it through various shapes. If you're keen to start making your pasta creations from scratch , read on to learn more.
Overview of the Features
- Roller and cutter Dimensions: 9.7 × 3.8 × 2.2 inches. Pasta press dimensions: 4.8 × 5.7 × 8.4 inches.
- Roller and cutter Weight: 7.5lbs. Pasta press weight: 2.7lbs.
- Both the pasta makers are designed to fit securely to any KitchenAid standing mixer.
- The roller and cutter arrives in three pieces. These allow you to cut spaghetti and fettuccine, and to roll pasta in general.
- The roller and cutter allows you to roll pasta in a range of thicknesses. There are eight different options available.
- The pasta press allows to you create five different pasta dishes. These include macaroni, spaghetti, fusilli, bucatini, and rigatoni. There are six discs provided which will fit your mixer, with two for different sizes of macaroni.
- The pasta press also arrives with a cleaning tool for ease of maintenance after each use.
- Both of these pasta makers are manufactured in Italy.
- These KitchenAid pasta maker add-ons are designed to be easily stored away after use. Therefore, they shouldn't take up too much room in your kitchen storage.
KSMPRA Pasta Roller and Cutter in Detail
As we are reviewing two attachments in one piece, let's take a close look at the KSMPRA roller and cutter first. This is a full metal pasta maker attachment labeled as commercial grade.
What Makes It One of the Best Pasta Maker Attachments?
- It is one of many KitchenAid add-ons which will fit their broad line of stand mixers.
- People say that the KSMPRA is very easy to use and to get used to. If you're already acquainted with your KitchenAid mixer, you shouldn't have too much difficulty getting into pasta-making.
- It's also clear from users that the pasta rolled and cut with this accessory is of fantastic quality. Your experience may vary, of course. It all depends on how you like your pasta before cooking it.
- There appears to be minimal clogging or need for heavy cleaning. That is certainly a plus point if you are going to use it regularly.
- Manufactured in Italy, many people state that this add-on emulates genuine pasta rollers and cutters which you would otherwise pay more money for. For convenience and cost-effectiveness, the KSMPRA appears to be a popular choice.
- It appears to be simple to pack away and store for future use. This falls in with KitchenAid's ethos with their mixer designs, too.
- Users are surprised, and happy, with the fact that the process of pasta rolling and cutting is relatively quick. This will appeal to anyone tired of spending considerable time rolling pasta out by hand.
Features I Don't like About It
- While you may be expected to pay more for a full roller and cutter unit elsewhere, the price of this unit may be a steep price to pay for some kitchen users. For the simple convenience of avoiding rolling and cutting by hand, the price tag may not be appealing if you don't make your own pasta often.
- While the unit is built well and is robust, the durability of fittings is not known. Some users are concerned that the screws and tightening are not of good quality.
- There have also been complaints made regarding the spaghetti cutter. While the device generally performs well in anti-clog tests, users may have difficulty separating spaghetti dough, to begin with.
- When the device does get clogged, it will need a thorough clean. Though the unit is designed to be easy-clean, dough mushing will make things harder on you.
- Some are concerned that while it's easy to clean, it's not easy to sanitize. KSMPRA needs to be wiped out with a cloth. If you are handling raw ingredients, this cleaning method may not be enough to cover all bases. But this is not at all different from most of the pasta makers on the market, it's a negative point, but not one against that should stand out if you're making a comparison with another model.
- Some users who have experience with KitchenAid products claim that KSMPRA falls short of quality manufacturing. It appears to do its job well – to an extent – however, there are concerns that the company has produced more reliable hardware before.
- There is also a debate as to whether or not the device produces the best results for cutting and rolling. Experienced pasta rollers may still prefer to work by hand.
I Would Buy It If:
- I wanted to move away from rolling and cutting by hand.
- I was happy to pay a little extra for a convenient add-on to my KitchenAid mixer.
- I wanted to try making some new fresh pasta recipes and dishes with minimal prep time.
KSMPEXTA Pasta Press Attachment in Detail
Now, let's take a look at the multi-press attachment and figure out if it's worth your money.
What Makes It One of the Best Pasta Makers?
- As with the pasta roller, the pasta press fits snugly and easily onto all KitchenAid mixers in the range. That makes for easy use as well as speedy pasta production.
- KSMPEXTA's variety of press discs allow you to try out several different pasta shapes. Reviews and user statements agree that it's an excellent buy for culinary explorers. What's more, it should take away much of the hassle of trying to get pasta right by hand.
- The full guides provided appear to be pretty comprehensive and overall easy to follow. Most users agree that this attachment shouldn't dissuade beginners. However, getting the procedure done right is going to take practice.
- The consensus seems to be that it's straightforward to set up and disassemble. As with other KitchenAid products, there appears to be a focus on space-saving. That's going to be a big selling point with many pasta lovers.
- Most pasta appears to be very quick to make, though your experience may vary. I'll cover this in a little more detail below. Altogether, people generally find the experience to be a speedy one, which is an improvement over manual control.
- The unit is reportedly very well-made. There have been complaints made about KitchenAid's manufacturing in the past. However, that doesn't seem to be a sticking point with this pasta press.
- People agree that it's a worthy add-on for any KitchenAid mixer, and it strives to make the most of the base device. The power of a KitchenAid mixer should do more than enough to push out the pasta you need.
Features I Don't like About It
- The price tag may be a problem. It is still a premium that a lot of customers have felt uncomfortable paying.
- Cleaning the unit(s) appears to be tricky. Many users complain that as the pieces can't be washed, they have to be carefully cleaned out by hand. That doesn't seem to be the most straightforward task. That will especially be the case if you find dough mushing up in the parts.
- Depending on what you want to do with the device and discs, you may be expected to spend considerable time. Getting perfect results takes practice; it seems. While it is reportedly simple enough for beginners to get used to, mastering it is a different case entirely.
- Some users feel that there should perhaps be greater diversity in press discs. For example, popular dishes like lasagna are missing from the line-up. I must admit that this is also asking for too much from one machine.
- There are several tips and tricks you can use to getting the dough right for the device. It's worth reading up on what other users have to say.
I Would Buy It If:
- I want to be able to create different pasta shapes with ease at home.
- I already own a KitchenAid mixer and I'm not looking for a pasta press
- I was prepared to do a little cleaning after each use without washing the unit(s).
KitchenAid Pasta Maker Attachments: Some FAQs
What Is the Difference Between KitchenAid KPRA and KSMPRA??
The main difference between these pasta roller and cutter attachments is that the KSMPRA (roundish housing) is a newer model with all metal parts, while the KPRA (squarish housing) pasta maker attachment contains a metal housing with some plastic parts. If you take a look at their product pages, you will see that the KSMPRA is marketed as a commercial unit, whereas the KPRA makes no such claim.
On the other hand, it is always important to read reviews before you buy and one customer who has owned both has pointed out that the older KPRA model is easier to clean because there is a higher tendency of dough getting caught in the KSMPRA pasta maker. A user on Reddit also points out that they contacted KitchenAid to clarify that the above is true about the metal and plastic parts.
How Do I Use the KitchenAid Pasta Roller Attachment?
Breakup a small ball from the dough you just made, roughly the size of three ping pong balls. (Protip: Do not create many small balls, instead work one at a time because they tend to dry up). Flatten the ball in a little flour, just sufficient so that the dough does not stick to the surface you are using. You can use your hand, there’s no need of a roller if you don’t have one.
Flatten such that it is approximately as wide as the pasta roller, do not try to be perfect, it’s not necessary. Place the flattened dough on to the entrance of the roller and begin rolling, the dough is pulled in and flattened. The end that you begin with may not be the same width as the rest, fold it up over the region that is of the desired width and roll again. That’s about it! Now decrease the width by adjusting the roller and roll again and repeat until you have the sheets at your desired thickness.
How Do You Clean a KitchenAid Pasta Roller Attachment?
Cleaning a KitchenAid pasta roller is pretty much the same as cleaning any other pasta roller. Once you are done using it, dismount and let it dry for around thirty minutes to an hour before using the cleaning brush provided. Some dough is not going to budge this way, tap lightly to loosen it. If it still does not budge, use a toothpick to unhinge the dried up dough. Never use a sharp object on your rollers.
Do You Need a Drying Rack for Pasta?
It definitely is helpful to have one, but you do not NEED one. Freshly prepared pasta has to be quickly laid out or better still hung to dry the moment it is cut. Many people use a drying rack and some of them are pretty cheap. But, you can improvise and use what you already have at home. The first time I made pasta, I laid it out on some cheese cloth. A friend uses clothes hangars. Get innovative and think outside the box and you won’t need a drying rack at all.