Quest for a Pasta Roller

10 Jun 2010 one comment Bracha Shor Categories S&G blogTags

We hear that home-made pasta is delicious and not that hard to do.  The ingredients are simple (flour, eggs, salt, oil) and some people say making pasta is well worth the effort. Some others say, just buy freshly made pasta (I don’t know where I could find freshly made kosher pasta, although there is probably someone who is doing it), and some people say just use dried.  How fun would it be to boil your pasta for 15-20 seconds for it to be ready?  I don’t know yet, I’ve never made home made pasta.  But I am willing to try.

However, I do not have a pasta maker.  Do you need a pasta roller to make pasta?  No, you can do it by hand (ravioli) or use a rolling pin.  However, if you want your pasta to be uniformly thin, and you are a relative novice to pasta making – a pasta roller will achieve uniformity and thinness (there are typically 9 settings of thinness, from thick (1) to see-through (9).  And, it’ll be faster.

I want to borrow a pasta maker because, although I will buy one, I’m not sure which one I want to buy.  Kitchen Aid has an attachment that will fit on my mixer, but will it work?  I don’t know.  And having a pasta maker sit on your counter (presumably attached to the counter with some kind of vice) looks neat.  So, I just got 2 more leads as to where I might be able to borrow a pasta roller.

I’ve seen recipes that I’ve wanted to try for years.  When we were living in the Old City of Jerusalem, my husband would get the paper.  Every Thursday would have the food magazine (which I’ve saved).  And they had about 20 articles on making your own pasta.  They mostly have raviolis with different fillings, but still, they sounded easy enough to do. So, we are on a quest.  We heard of someone who might have a pasta roller to lend, and it turned out they didn’t, but their daughter in law had heard of someone with one, so we’ll see how that turns out.

So stay tuned.