This is not a drill: Amazon's best-selling pasta maker is under $100. If you've ever been tempted to channel your inner Giada de Laurentiis (guilty), now's the time to start clearing off some counter space. When we embarked on our search for the best pasta makers on the market, we were expecting prices in the hundreds but were pleasantly surprised to find that many of the most highly recommended gadgets are rather reasonably priced.
After scouring dozens (if not hundreds) of Amazon reviews, we've discovered that these are, hands down, the best pasta makers. Yes, including a $70 best seller with 1626 five-star reviews. Keep scrolling to find out which devices have earned coveted spots on countless kitchen counters, plus recipes to make once you're convinced to add one to your arsenal.
The Pasta Maker: Marcato Atlas Ampia Pasta Machine
The Stats: 4.6 stars, 1626 five-star reviews
The Promising Review: "We are enthusiastic weekend cooks, my husband and I, and love to cook 'around the world.' Italian is one of our favorites, but we never made our own pasta. I finally decided to get this machine, and it has opened up endless possibilities! We already made ravioli, fettuccine, tortellini and all of it with ease and perfectly without the slightest difficulty. I am so glad we chose the machine with a motor because you have both hands free that way and can really run the pasta sheets through all settings with ease!
We are thrilled about this machine!" — Maren
The Recipe to Try: Spicy Pesto, Asparagus, and Ricotta Pasta With Crispy Prosciutto
The Hero Ingredient: The spicy pesto. Made with fresh basil, hot jalapeños, and zesty lemon juice, this bright green sauce gives this pasta recipe a serious kick.
The Pro Tip: "My trick to keep this quick cooking? Cooking the asparagus with the pasta," confesses recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Adding the asparagus to the boiling pasta water, saves you not only time but also leaves you with one less dirty dish to clean."
The Serving Suggestion: Don't skip the crispy prosciutto, unless you're vegan or vegetarian, of course. It adds the perfect salty crunch to every delicious bite.
The Pasta Maker: Imperia Model 150 Pasta Maker Machine
The Stats: 4.1 stars, 439 five-star reviews
The Promising Review: "If you like pasta, BUY THIS. I have been cooking both professionally and at home for 45 years and attempted once before without a machine to make fresh pasta, and it was terrible. It has to be rolled so thin, its hard to do without a machine. If you like pasta, any pasta, fresh noodles will make it 1000 times better, really! It is way easier then I expected, just remember one simple rule, keep it floured so nothing sticks and you won't have any problems." — Philip A. Dimercurio
The Recipe to Try: Mushroom Cheese Ravioli With Rosemary Butter Sauce
The Hero Ingredient: The caramelized mushrooms steal the spotlight in this ravioli recipe. A splash of balsamic vinegar in the pan takes these humble morsels to the next level.
The Pro Tip: "Make it a family night and create an assembly line for the ravioli process," suggests recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "It's actually super fun that way, and the time to create this will get cut in half."
The Serving Suggestion: Ladle the brown butter sauce over the ravioli directly before serving while it's still hot out of the pan.
The Pasta Maker: KitchenAid Pasta Deluxe Set
The Stats: 4.4 stars, 1935 five-star reviews
The Promising Review: "I was skeptical about how these would work after a disappointing ice cream freezer attachment, but they are worth every penny. I used to roll pasta either by hand or hand crank machine and couldn't imagine these would be much different. Wow. Wow. Wow! Is all I have to say. The dough comes out leathery smooth and elastic with perfectly consistent results every time." — Heather Petrig
The Recipe to Try: Garlic Butter Mushroom and Goat Cheese Fettuccine
The Hero Ingredient: The goat cheese is the not-so-secret ingredient that gives this creamy fettuccine recipe all the flavor of traditional alfredo without adding any cream.
The Pro Tip: "The pasta water is KEY for creating the perfect sauce consistency, so be sure to save some before you drain off the pasta," advises recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "I can't tell you how many times I've drained the pasta before saving the water."
The Serving Suggestion: Top with a sprinkle of fresh basil and a dash of lemon before proceeding to twirl those homemade noodles around your fork.
Ed. note: Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.
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