KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press
First of all, if you buy this attachment, you should ignore the included recipe and instructions. The KitchenAid dough we made was too soft (its flour-to-egg ratio is off) and produced fusilli, macaroni, and bucatini with no definition or curve. And the manual’s instruction to operate the press on speed 10? That overheated the gears, causing our $450 stand mixer to irreparably break. Frustratingly, KitchenAid would not replace the broken stand mixer, even though the unit was damaged due to its own attachment’s instructions.
Many phone calls and a new stand mixer (that we had to buy ourselves) later, we saw better results when we operated the attachment at speed 6 (or lower) and used our own pasta recipes. For the most part, the attachment churned out well-formed pasta shapes (we tried all the plates), but it was most successful at making rigatoni and spaghetti. However, the wire pasta cutter at the end of the attachment often pinched the pasta openings together (we couldn’t fix the bucatini, but we were able to pry open the rigatoni ends with our fingers). The machine also took a long time to extrude pasta (about 22 to 27 minutes for a 1-pound batch). Cleaning the pasta plates, which aren’t dishwasher-safe, was a tedious task—we had to use the toothpick-like cleaning tool to poke bits of dried dough out of all the nooks and crannies of the plates. If you’re set on using your stand mixer to extrude your own tubular or spiral pastas, this attachment is an OK option for some shapes, but beware its potential operating and cleanup challenges.
Model: KSMPEXTA Price: $139.99 Accessories: 6 pasta shape disks, cleaning tool, dough pusher Dishwasher-Safe: Pasta ring, auger, and dough pusher on top rack only; disks, cutter, and housing should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and dried thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth