The Ultimate Video Guide to Making the Best Fresh Pasta Ever, with or without a Pasta Maker! [VIDEO]

August 29, 2012 8:04 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Our guide to making fresh pasta with or without a pasta maker. (Photo: Marcato)

It's the end of the summer, and as one season rolls into another, I'm pretty much totally broke. That's why I decided that my next big purchase would be one of those gifts that keeps on giving, ensuring that a small investment now meant that I would be saving tons of money in the long run.

With a little bit of birthday money and a lot of excitement, I bought the Atlas 150 Wellness Pasta Maker. Check it out in action, and be ready to adjust your counter surface to accomodate!

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But my big dream right now is for a very small, made-to-order ravioli business, so that even if I don't make any money, I'll still have made some amazing pasta to carry me into the end of the year. And to that end, this video's probably the best there is out there.

But maybe you don't have a pasta machine, and you just wanna make some fresh pasta by hand, the way they did in the old country (it's appealing, even if you're not Italian or you've never been to Italy). It's a time-honored, time-consuming tradition, and this method simplifies it as best as it can be simplified.

Even Cuisinart has a pasta attachment for the stand mixer. It's a great way to roll out more difficult cuts of noodles (penne, macaroni), but many take issue with it. It could just be an aversion to new-fangled techniques, or it could be that the accusations are true: it makes a mess, it's hard to clean, and it doesn't really work. The fact that the marketing rep at the company doesn't use the machine in this video doesn't do those accusations any favors:

But if you're looking for a way to make penne by hand, take a look at this really simple guide!

Mat from PastaRecipe is actually a really excellent resource. Here he is beautifully rolling spaghetti into nests for beautiful presentation:

Here he is making orrechiete, which I still can't do:

And most impressively, here he is making farfalle, the little bowties your meatballs like to wear:

And because every pasta needs a sauce, here's Mario Batali preparing his ragu bolognese:

And if you're a vegetarian, or just want to get down and dirty with the basics, here's Giada De Laurentis making tomato sauce from scratch:


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